More homes join 'do not call' list
An additional 1.2 million consumers signed up to avoid annoying telemarketing calls through midafternoon Monday, the first day residents east of the Mississippi River could sign up by phone.
Pulfer: Our chance to hang up gently on telemarketers

Folding tool kit marks 20 years
PORTLAND, Ore. - On the crowded streets of Saigon in the early 1970s, Tim Leatherman watched in wonder as Vietnamese teenagers tore down and rebuilt Honda motorcycles with their bare hands.

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The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers staff convention, in Cincinnati this week, will hear Friday from Democratic presidential hopefuls Howard Dean and U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt.

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Tristate summary
Procter & Gamble Co. has received antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for its acquisition of German hair-products company Wella AG.

Maker of Lee, Wrangler jeans agrees to buy Nautica
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - VF Corp. agreed Monday to buy high-end clothing company Nautica Enterprises Inc. for almost $586 million, a move expected to add more cache to its repertoire of brands.

Sun-care items slather up sales
Golden-tan bodies were once looked upon as a symbol of youth, vitality and health - not to mention an indication of a life of wealth and leisure.

U.S.-designed Toyota debuts
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The first of the second-generation Camry Solaras rolled off the assembly line Monday as company officials touted the car as the most American of any Toyota to date.

Judge delays action to hear from Wal-Mart, union
LITTLE ROCK - A judge who banned union organizers from Wal-Mart stores said Monday he is waiting for word from Wal-Mart or the union before he acts on the Arkansas Supreme Court's reversal of an injunction he issued.

$750M WorldCom penalty approved
WASHINGTON - A federal judge Monday approved a $750 million settlement between federal regulators and WorldCom Inc., saying a substantially heavier fine for a corporate accounting fraud scandal would unfairly penalize the company's 50,000 employees.

Business digest
CHICAGO - United Airlines' flight attendants union on Monday assailed the carrier's plan to give 20 percent raises to as many as 600 professional and technical employees, just two months after pay cuts took effect for most workers.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT     (Index of Sunday stories)
Beirut amusement park would transform image
The magnitude of the mission came to Dennis L. Speigel one sunny morning in early March as he strolled through a rebuilt Martyrs Square in Beirut, Lebanon.

Look out, world - here come skippies
So you're an executive at the Wrigley Co. and you've got this gum called Juicy Fruit that - with its familiar yellow wrapper and name - has been a top seller for more than 100 years.

Fees on the road can vary greatly
Planning a trip abroad? By doing a bit of research before you depart, you might save yourself some money on foreign currency transactions once you're there.

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.