Short-hop travelers avoiding airline hassles
WASHINGTON - Security checks, random searches, new airline ticket fees and other hassles since the Sept. 11 attacks have kept many people off planes and on the road, particularly for short trips.

ECKBERG: Regional colleges key for poor
A recent report from the Ford and Irvine foundations shows how community colleges can play a key role in removing economic barriers for America's working poor and unemployed.

Morning Memo
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
5/3 poised to gobble up yet another bank?
As Turkey Day approaches, Fifth Third Bancorp's George A. Schaefer Jr. could be getting hungry for another deal.

Donahue asks ex-employees to bail him out
Former financial planner Stephen G. Donahue, having pleaded guilty to fraud in July, is asking former employees and colleagues to help keep him out of jail.

Students boost Web mark of engraver
Thanks to the Internet, Pewter Place Engravery is capturing new markets in the Tristate and beyond, without having to go outside its Kenwood Towne Centre location.

What's The Buzz
Books, CDs, DVDs and video games are the top choices for gifts this holiday season, according to the latest consumer survey from the National Retail Federation.

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