Treasury secretary visits town
Not making shareholders pay income tax on their dividends would make public companies more profitable and more accountable, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow in Anderson Township on Friday.

Leap in diesel prices drives through economy
Rick Harris, at his small trucking operation in Northside, sums up this week's stratospheric diesel fuel prices: "Out of sight."

What's the Buzz?
About 200 of the world's top skaters will ollie and kick-flip their way back to Cincinnati over the Memorial Day weekend with the return of the Mobile SkatePark Series at Sawyer Point

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Inflation rises, confidence dips
WASHINGTON - Severe winter weather and war jitters took a further toll on the U.S. economy, sending wholesale energy prices soaring and triggering declines in both manufacturing output and consumer confidence.
Eight women of achievement chosen for YWCA award
The YWCA's eight Career Women of Achievement span a wide spectrum of corporate and civic involvement:
Chiquita consults with SEC on bankruptcy write-downs
Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Friday it is seeking guidance from federal regulators about when the company's books should show financial write-downs from Chiquita's emergence from bankruptcy reorganization.
Delta offers staff 60 days off, no pay
Delta Air Lines has begun offering voluntary 60-day unpaid leaves to its non-union employees in yet another attempt to cut costs.
If war ends quickly, oil price may drop, stabilize
LONDON - If U.S.-led forces invade Iraq, world oil prices will probably plunge from current levels and stay there - provided the conflict ends quickly and causes little damage to production capacity in the Persian Gulf, several energy analysts said Friday.
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HIGGINS: Personal finance
Tax filing season is traumatic enough. Don't let yourself be conned out of even more money through tax preparer fraud.
The Schwabs talk money
NEW YORK - Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz thinks families could do a lot more to secure their financial futures if they'd just sit down and talk about money.
Stock Market Game
MIM Corp. (MIMS) is being very good to some economics students at Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School.
Don't count on proposals for tax cut on dividends
Problem: Should I buy more dividend-paying stocks if dividends are going to be tax-free?
Investor 101

Rate report
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

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.