BUSINESS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2003
P&G invests in minority firm
A $30 million investment from Procter & Gamble Co. will help a minority-owned manufacturing company open in Cincinnati's empowerment zone with up to 200 employees.
Vidal Sassoon sues for control of brand

Kings Island improving park fare
For the first time since it opened in 1972, Paramount's Kings Island is spending millions to revamp its food service offerings.

PEALE: What's the buzz?
It's not Duramed Pharmaceuticals anymore, but it's in the same Blue Ash offices with some of the same people.

Morning Memo
Hot tips & news to start your business day.

Broadwing exec departed with $4.3M
Richard Ellenberger, former Broadwing Inc. CEO and architect of its failed broadband strategy, received $4.3 million in compensation on leaving the parent of Cincinnati Bell last October.
Former Bengals coach out cash
The bankruptcy of a South Carolina mortgage finance company could put a six-figure monetary hurt on former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche.
House, Senate leaders seek more money to aid airlines
WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders want to give airlines $3.2 billion to offset additional costs from war and terrorism, more than the Senate but still less than what airlines want.
Industry notes: Banking
The cost to maintain an interest-bearing checking account at U.S. banks and thrifts continues to rise, according to a new study.
American Airlines cuts 21% of pilots
FORT WORTH, Texas - About 2,500 American Airlines' pilots will lose their jobs in the next year as part of the union's $660 million in annual concessions to save the company from bankruptcy, union officials said Tuesday.
Big 3 automakers see drop in sales
DETROIT - Detroit's Big Three automakers saw sales fall 3.8 percent last month as consumers shied away from large purchases, but the declines were milder than many forecasts before the United States went to war with Iraq.
GM, Chrysler announce new incentives
DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group has followed General Motors Corp. in beefing up its incentives as automakers try to lure buyers at a time when consumer confidence is lagging.
Manufacturing, construction took prewar hit
NEW YORK - Manufacturing activity pulled back in March for the first time in five months and construction spending dipped in February, according to reports released Tuesday, suggesting that worries about a war in Iraq were holding the economy back.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
Duke Realty towers over the Tristate
As most Greater Cincinnati developers struggle to fill empty office buildings, Duke Realty Corp. has carved a lucrative path through the economic downturn.


Samuels Products shares Rx for success
When people turn 100, they are often asked what factors led to their longevity. Frequent answers include staying fit, thinking young, focusing on others, keeping busy and avoiding complacency.

What's the Buzz?
Stung by hundreds of millions of dollars in stock losses, some investors in Cincinnati's two largest banks are biting back in court.

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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

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