BUSINESS NEWS FOR SATRUDAY, JULY 20, 2002
Buyers' strike socks stocks
        The Dow Jones industrials shattered their post-terrorist attack lows Friday in a dramatic 390-point selloff that began with news of a government investigation at Johnson & Johnson and quickly turned into a full retreat by bruised investors.

Comair union approves contract
        Comair's flight attendants Friday strongly approved their first-ever contract, bringing four years of sometimes contentious talks to a harmonious close.

Packaging shows cause for optimism
        Business is slowly picking up for Oak Hills Carton and for A-One Surplus — and that might be good news for the rest of the economy.
Cincinnati economic indicators for July

Tipsheet improved
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Eli Lilly not looking for marriage
        INDIANAPOLIS — For several months, Eli Lilly and Co. chief executive Sidney Taurel has boasted that the company was poised to become “the pharmaceutical growth company of the decade” because of its robust pipeline of new drugs.

Franklin shows loss
        Profits this year for the parent of Cincinnati's Franklin Savings and Loan could be hit hard because of a risk it took on WorldCom.

Business Digest
        NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Shares of Johnson & Johnson plunged Friday after a published report said a criminal investigation had been launched into one of the company's factories in Puerto Rico.

Tristate Summary
        Columbus-based American Electric Power has agreed to sell a gas and electricity company in Australia to two Hong Kong-based companies for $181 million in cash.

HIGGINS: Personal Finance
        There's an ugly metaphor being used to explain the state of the stock market .

Rate report

Savvy Strategies
        Problem: My husband lives and works in the United States but is not a citizen. Are there tax issues to consider?

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Cargo jets raise fear of terrorism
        Several hundred large cargo jets fly in and out of Wilmington and CVG every day. When it comes to security, the companies operating these planes do not face nearly the same scrutiny as their passenger-carrying brethren, leading to worries that air freight firms might be the next target for terrorists.

Dominant banks hold their positions
        Despite multibillion-dollar bank mergers and acquisitions and big name changes during the 1990s, the landscape in the Tristate banking community has not shifted much in the last decade.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Erpenbeck archive
        A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.

Greater Cincinnati 100
        Manufacturing dominates the field among Greater Cincinnati's 100 biggest private companies.
11 companies break into top 100
List of Greater Cincinnati 100