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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | May 12, 1996
CHICAGO -- Robert LaFleur, chief investment strategist at Northern Trust Co. in Chicago, is betting that Japan is the place to be this year, which is why he has 45 percent of his $190 million Northern International Growth Equity Fund there.That's the kind of wager that U.S. fund managers don't often make.American managers are notorious for missing rallies in the Japanese markets. During the 80 percent run-up of the Nikkei 225 index that began at the end of 1987, for example, many managers stateside failed to buy bank and financial stocks that led the climb.
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By Polly Paddock and Polly Paddock,Charlotte Observer | April 14, 1996
"The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur," by John Gregory Brown. Houghton Mifflin. 256 pages. $21.95If you're drawn to the timeless themes of Southern literature -race, family, loss and redemption - and to powerfully understated prose, this book will move you deeply.Set in New Orleans during the Depression, it tells the story of a crippled black orphan seeking to find his identity and seeking some meaning in the secret-shrouded, pain-filled existence he's known.Brown's writing is sensitive and full of compassion: for Shelton's abandonment and suffering, his hope and longing, his desperate struggle to find some meaning in it all.This work may not be flashy but it's one heck of a fine book.
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