BUSINESS NEWS FOR MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2003
Wanted: Grass-grower for Bengals
Nothing says work like a bunch of want ads, and a recent posting by Hamilton County indicates that one of the most challenging jobs in the region was up for grabs. The county is looking for a head groundskeeper down at Paul Brown Stadium.

Ohio rejects Allstate premium hike
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a rare move, the Ohio Department of Insurance has rejected a 3 percent rate increase in auto insurance rates requested by Allstate Insurance, saving policyholders $7.2 million.

Success of Web journals heralds big future
SAN FRANCISCO - The online diaries known as Weblogs, or "blogs," seemed like a lot of inconsequential chatter when they surfaced a few years ago.

Making It
Promotions & new on the job

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NATIONAL & WORLD BUSINESS NEWS
Average gas prices near record
CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average weighted price for gas was about $1.75 per gallon Friday - within 2 cents of $1.77, the all-time high recorded on May 18, 2001.


OPEC to review oil output
LONDON - Whatever OPEC decides to do this week, its representatives won't have their usual influence on oil prices when they meet to review the group's output quotas for crude, analysts say.
Kuwait envisions post-war boom
KUWAIT CITY - The prospect of war in Iraq has cast a pall over most of the Arab world. But here in frontline Kuwait, it has fueled a roaring stock market, with businessmen dreaming of a postwar boom.
Changing jobs? See if you can
Employers have long asked workers to sign contracts pledging they won't go to work for a business rival. But recent face-offs between rival employers and workers, all seeking advantage in an economic downturn that has made jobs and business harder to come by, have confused all sides.
Schwab's daughter hurt in fire
NEW YORK - The daughter of brokerage founder Charles Schwab was seriously injured Sunday in a fire at an Upper East Side apartment, a spokesman for the corporation said.
Designers go downscale
NEW YORK - As chief designer and president for the trendy label Bisou Bisou, Michele Bohbot was used to creating clothing for upscale department stores like Bloomingdale's. Now he's selling a line that goes for half the price at J.C. Penney Co. Inc.
Machine tool sales down 24.9%
NEW YORK - Machine tool purchases fell 24.9 percent in January from the previous month, and fell 19 percent from the same time a year ago, two industry groups reported.
New SEC chairman moves quietly
WASHINGTON - William Donaldson's photographic portrait only recently went up in the Securities and Exchange Commission lobby, filling an embarrassing space left by the departure of his embattled predecessor. It's only weeks on the job, too little time even for the new chairman's airy sixth-floor office to become cluttered.
Bristol-Myers' restatement lifts cloud
NEW YORK - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s past financial performance and future potential should become clearer Monday, paving the way for a potential merger or acquisition, analysts said.

TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Dell: Refunds not for everyone
DALLAS - Dell Computer Corp. says a refund offer aimed at a handful of universities and corporate customers wound up being posted on the Internet, prompting many other people to seek the refunds.


Microsoft releases Office test version
SEATTLE - In its latest overhaul of the Office productivity suite, Microsoft Corp. offers a sweeping set of software tools designed to help workers collaborate on projects, locate and share network-accessible data and keep tighter corporate control of "sensitive" e-mail and documents.
Qualcomm roars through telecom slump
SAN DIEGO - Eight years ago, when Qualcomm Inc. introduced its signature technology for cell phones, few outsiders believed it would go anywhere.
Dot-com mixes business with pleasure
SAN FRANCISCO - It's been three years since the Internet investment bubble burst, but Salesforce.com and its 38-year-old CEO Marc Benioff are still partying like it's 1999.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
P&G gives networking new meaning
The biggest-ever reunion of Procter & Gamble Co. alumni this spring will feature some of the nation's most prominent CEOs.


Federated seeks a makeover of stores
Federated officials say naming four new vice chairmen is more than symbolic. The move underscores the need for cohesiveness among managers as the company struggles out of a slump.

Cheaper college texts online
Atomic Dog Publishing in Over-the-Rhine is taking on the big global monoliths that monopolize university classrooms and bookstores.

Future of music industry where it began
People want to choose and organize music their way, and if the future of music is indeed a singles world, smart businesses will find a way to accommodate it and capitalize on it.

THE GREATER CINCINNATI 100
Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.

Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Health care costs bite deep
Accountable to themselves
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Builder moves up - for now
Floturn flourishes as others fall
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer

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.