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A mysterious disease is killing gulf corals, a passenger train bound for Mobile moves forward, million-dollar homes are up for sale, and more. Here’s a look at today’s top stories in New Orleans for Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

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Controversial landlord Josh Bruno is struggling to preserve seedy rental complexes



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Ashonta Hoffman said the pool at Oakmont Apartments in Algiers was nice and clear when she first moved there. It is now Thursday April 28, 2022 full of algae and mosquitoes. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)




Embattled landlord Joshua Bruno faces an uphill battle to keep half a dozen low-income apartment buildings in the New Orleans area. Still, a federal bankruptcy judge this week gave him a chance to sell his plan to appease creditors and retake the crumbling complexes.

The largest of these, the vacated Oakmont Apartments in Algiers, caught fire again last week, with three of the buildings burning down. However, Bruno no longer controls Oakmont. US Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Grabill last summer appointed a trustee to manage the 336-unit complex and five other Bruno properties during the bankruptcy.

Read the whole story here.


When the Saints offense does that one thing effectively, good things tend to happen



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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs around the block on Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) in the first quarter from tight end Nick Vannett (81) at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, October 30, 2022, Louisiana . The New Orleans Saints defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 24-0.




Let’s play stopgap with New Orleans Saints tight end Adam Trautman.

Start a question like this: “Every time you’ve played well offensively this year…” and see how Trautman responds.

“We’re leading the ball,” Trautman said.

It’s a very simple way of explaining a complicated offensive equation for the Saints, but there is truth in simplicity.

Read more here.


Scientists thought they knew what was killing gulf corals. Now they’re not so sure.



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Divers treat a diseased coral at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary about 100 miles off the Louisiana coast.




The mysterious disease killing corals in the Gulf of Mexico’s largest coral sanctuary continues to baffle scientists.

When it was first spotted at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary a few weeks ago, scientists sounded the alarm, believing it to be a hard coral tissue loss disease, a newly discovered disease that is ravaging reefs in the Caribbean but is somehow spreading the Gulf held out. But now Michelle Johnston, a protected area ecologist, isn’t so sure what it is.

“Something very strange” happens. Read about it here.


Old Metairie, Slidell, French Quarter and Uptown offer millions of dollars worth of housing



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The New Orleans area real estate portfolio is a dazzling mix of residences of all types, drawing on the city’s rich heritage with influences ranging from Old World styles in France, Spain and England to New World styles in the Caribbean, Creole and contemporary architecture and design.

For an investment of $1 million or more, a posh slice of New Orleans Living is at your disposal. Here are a handful of properties on the market.


Passenger rail service from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama continues with a railroad deal



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An Amtrak train bound for Chicago travels along Interstate 10 in New Orleans on December 7, 2021.




Rail passenger service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, is closer than ever to being restored thanks to a deal that will allow Amtrak to run on the tracks of the railroads that connect the two cities.

Amtrak, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and the Alabama State Port Authority told the U.S. Surface Transportation Board Monday that an agreement has been reached to support passenger and freight service on the same tracks in the Gulf Coast Corridor, according to the Southern Rail Commission.

For details see here.


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