Ricki R. Tigert formally takes the oath as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. tomorrow. That's right chairman. Ms. Tigert, 49, has decided to use the male form of the word rather than chairwoman or even chairperson. She will be sworn in by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John Minor Wisdom, for whom Ms. Tigert clerked after graduating from University of Chicago Law School. Ms. Tigert was informally sworn in Oct. 7 by FDIC secretary Robert E. Feldman.

Stephen M. Cross is taking criticism of the new Community Reinvestment Act proposal a little too personally.

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