Carver Federal Savings Bank, the nation's largest minority-owned thrift, got a wake-up call from downtown last week when a Wall Streeter launched a bid to take a controlling stake.

Joseph Curry, a heretofore unknown corporate raider, messengered a letter to Carver's board late Friday, demanding that Monday's annual meeting be postponed to allow consideration of his offer to buy 35% of the thrift's outstanding stock.

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