Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Ricki Helfer caused a stir last Thursday when she canceled a speech to the New York State Bankers Association at the last minute. Ms. Helfer flew to New York, but turned around and took the next plane back to Washington.

No one at the agency will say why Ms. Helfer had to hurry back, but rumors circulated that her request to meet with President Clinton to talk about legislation fixing the weak thrift fund was granted.

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