Local Leads: 10/15/10

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    FORECLOSURES, "FREAKING MESS"
    Gazette: "Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) has joined his 49 counterparts across the country in calling for a halt to current and pending home mortgage foreclosures to sort out a situation that his spokeswoman calls a "freaking mess." The national scandal involving mortgage companies foreclosing on delinquent homeowners without properly following procedures is only the tip of a complex legal iceberg, state officials said." 

    SPRINGFIELD MALL IN TROUBLE
    Fairfax Times: "The company that owns Springfield Mall has defaulted on its $160 million bank loans, and it is selling them to the highest bidder. New York-based Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust, purchased Springfield Mall in 2006, promising to develop the "super-regional" mall into what it termed a "lifestyle center" complete with retail, office and hotel space."  The Business Journal, however, says it is a closed sale and won't go to the highest bidder.  More here.

    DC'S COURTEOUS DRIVERS
    wtop.com: We're not sure why WTOP is reporting this today since the survey was released in June 2009, but here you go:  "A new survey finds Washington drivers are among the least likely in the country to have road rage -- a stark contrast from two years ago.  The newest AutoVantage Road Rage Survey ranks local motorists as the nation's sixth most courteous. This is a marked improvement from the 2008 survey, where Washington was ranked fifth from last."