Fiorini auditors stumped, going for deal
After three years of legal wrangling and a fruitless attempt to audit his finances, the state of Ohio's civil fraud case against promissory note peddler George Fiorini could end next month with his agreement never to sell securities again.

Broadwing name returns to roots
Broadwing, the name the parent of Cincinnati Bell adopted three years ago with great fanfare when it acquired broadband provider IXC Communications Inc. will go away in about a month when it reverts to its old name, Cincinnati Bell Inc.

PEALE: What's the Buzz?
Culinary Sol, the cooking-school experiment in Norwood's Rookwood Commons, closed last week.But owner Amy Tobin said she's working hard to reopen.

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Game Day makes gains handing off to UC team
Last weekend's NFL Draft was a walking customer list for Cincinnati's Game Day Communications.
Scripps plans to cultivate shoppers
The E. W. Scripps Co. is poised to embrace the cyber-commerce future in 2003 by merging its growing lifestyle cable networks of Food Network and HGTV with its Shop at Home Network, shareholders learned at the company's annual meeting Tuesday.
Dial settles sex harassment case for $10M
CHICAGO - Dial Corp., maker of Dial soap and Purex detergent, Tuesday said it will pay $10 million to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and avoid a trial that was set to start this week.
Industry notes: Banking
Trying to generate more fee income and boost profits, most of the nation's largest issuers of credit cards have raised penalty fees on the cards.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
Comfort foods get fast-meal makeover
The pot roast of childhood memories, holiday meals and Sunday dinners was selected with care, lovingly rubbed with spices, basted and watched carefully as it slowly cooked for hours

Consultant: Retailers need to listen to women
Most retailers have women to thank for their economic prosperity. But many women feel betrayed by retailers says a New York-based marketing and advertising consultant.

What's the Buzz?
Air France is planning to bring back its flight between Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Paris' Charles DeGaulle Airport on June 1, airport and airline officials say.

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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.