Panic buying at panic prices
        People filling up at the pumps Wednesday told stories of long lines Tuesday night in the Tristate and skyrocketing prices.

Terror puts working in perspective
        Flags at half-staff greeted Tristate workers returning to their jobs Wednesday, as workplaces continued to buzz about Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Indiana firm's somber delivery: Hospital beds
        Matt Bowling was on a mission of mercy as he worked his forklift Wednesday morning, loading racks of hospital beds onto a truck bound for New York and Washington hospitals.

Mercy Health Partners eliminates 325 positions
        Mercy Health Partners on Wednesday announced it has eliminated 325 jobs, about 6 percent of its work force, in the final step of a $50 million turnaround plan.

Baldwin retains firm to assist with finances
        Struggling Baldwin Piano & Organ Co. has retained a Philadelphia-based investment bank to arrange either a sale of the company or help arrange new financing.

Midway Airlines closes permanently
        RALEIGH, N.C. — Midway Airlines, already staggered by financial problems, Wednesday said it will go out of business rather than try to rebuild in the emotional fallout from this week's terrorist hijackings.

Stranded air travelers found room at inns here
        Stranded travelers filled rooms at hotels and motels in Greater Cincinnati Tuesday, and many visitors expected another overnight stay Wednesday as airports remained closed nationwide.

GE, Honeywell file appeal
        STAMFORD, Conn. — General Electric Co. and Honeywell International Inc. filed appeals Wednesday of the European Union's decision to block their $41 billion merger.

Morning Memo

What's the Buzz?

One cool, tough leader
        When Jeffrey R. Immelt was growing up in Finneytown as the son of a GE Aircraft Engines manager, the top job at General Electric Co. wasn't a topic of dinner-time conversation.
GE looks for growth in new and old fields

Corporate espionage has long history
        If you think it's a recent development that companies such as Procter & Gamble Co. have spied on their competitors, check the court records for 1943.

Federated puts finger on Fingerhut problem
        Federated Department Stores last month repeated the possibility of selling Fingerhut, for nowhere near the $1.7 billion it paid just 30 months ago.