BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2003
Web site hooks up golfers to bargains
Dave Goodman has brought his passion for golf to the Internet, where he helps local golfers find bargains and enables area courses to market themselves effectively.

Mortgage lenders swamped
Applications for mortgages rose last week to the second highest ever as mortgage rates slid to another record low, boosting home refinancing and purchases, the Mortgage Bankers Association of America said.
Lenders decry 0% financing

What's the Buzz?
The indefinite shutdown of the Imax Theater at Newport on the Levee last week left people holding gift certificates wondering if they're out of luck.

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Milacron hits trade show - minus machines
A machinery trade show exhibit without machines? Sounds as likely as baseball without bats and balls.
Oracle raises bid for PeopleSoft
SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle Corp. increased its offer Wednesday for rival PeopleSoft Inc. by nearly 22 percent to about $6.3 billion, an aggressive effort to push investors to approve a deal that PeopleSoft executives have tried to thwart.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
Golf legion grows, but links lonelier
The sellout crowds this weekend at the U.S. Open golf tournament in suburban Chicago underscore the growing interest in the game, spurred largely by the tournament's wildly popular defending champion, Tiger Woods.


Pasta Wagon ready for franchise phase
For eight years, Barry Rubinstein has forged his own path through the forest of business development, carefully marking his trail so that he can help others replicate his success.

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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