WASHINGTON - For Cathy Bessant, the fact that a study released last week cast doubt on an earlier report of redlining in the nation's capital proves one point: Statistics can be misleading.

"It is clear that we are seeing studies all over the board," said Ms. Bessant, NationsBank's Community Reinvestment Act guru. "It is like we are seeing the study of the week. I think this proves the theory that statistics can show what we want them to show."

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