The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:
Baltimore Sun: "Applications for mortgage refinancings jumped last week, while purchase applications fell. The Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday overall applications rose 14.6 percent from a week earlier, driven by a 21 percent increase in applications to refinance home loans. Applications for loans to purchase homes, however, tumbled 8.5 percent from a week earlier."
FURLOUGH DAY PAYBACK
Leesburg Today: "The Loudoun County School Board Tuesday night voted to request a supplemental appropriation from the Board of Supervisors to use a federal grant to restore teachers' pay for the two furlough days that were implemented by the board last spring. The Virginia Department of Education identified Loudoun's allocation of the Federal Education Jobs Fund as $9.4 million, to be used for compensation and benefits. Any unused funds can be carried over to the next year."
NEW GALLERY AT FIREARMS MUSEUM
Sun Gazette: " Even from a distance, the silver-plated “Vampire Hunter’s Colt” at the National Firearms Museum is clearly one-of-a-kind. Nestled in a red-velvet-lined, coffin-shaped ebony storage case, the snub-nosed .38-caliber Colt Detective Special revolver is surrounded by accessories such as a mirror, holy-water vial, wooden-stake-shaped cleaning rod and silver bullets carved to look like vampires’ heads. The weapon’s finishing touch is intricate engraving by Leonard Francolini. "
RESTON, "HOT SPOT FOR AUTO TOURISM"
Washington Business Journal : "As online auto shopping has grown, more people are traveling to other regions to pick up their vehicle. Among the top places they travel to: Reston. The Northern Virginia suburb is the ninth busiest hot spot across the nation for what online car leasing marketplace LeaseTrader.com is calling “auto tourism.” Baltimore ranks third in the list."
UNCLE JUNIOR STOPS BY
The Georgetown Dish : "The only actor to have appeared in the greatest mobster movie series (as Johnny Ola in The Godfather II) and as a regular in the greatest mobster TV series (as Uncle Junior on The Sopranos), Dominic Chianese was spotted Tuesday afternoon at Il Canale enjoying pizza with friends Fred Cannon and Hemmendy Nelson of Broadcast Music Inc."