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Top 5: What can brown do for you?

Foreclosures, holiday shopping and troublesome text messages — these staples of the modern-day news diet dominated the list of the top 5 most-read business stories this week at The Daily Record’s website. There was also a very scary tornado that touched down in Baltimore; luckily, no one was hurt.

1. Former Baltimore Sun editor resigns from UNC over racy text messages

Journalism school Dean Jean Folkerts says she contacted the university’s lawyers after the student’s former boyfriend confronted Monty Cook about the texts.

2. Bank of America making changes in foreclosure process

Among the changes, the legal documents used in the process will each be reviewed by the signer and promptly notarized, said Barbara Desoer, president of the bank’s home loans division.

3. Possible tornado hits northeast Baltimore

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says it’s a “miracle” no one was killed or seriously injured after severe winds blew the roofs off apartment buildings in northeast Baltimore.

4. Fed’s move has sent mortgage rates rising

The Federal Reserve said it was going to help the economy come out of its doldrums by initiating another round of quantitative easing — better known in economic circles as “QE2.”

5. UPS to hire about 50,000 workers for holidays

United Parcel Service said Tuesday that it expects to deliver 430 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas.