Child-tax windfalls to mail Friday
Paying for a vacation, replacing some bedroom furniture, splurging on some fun. That's how some of the federal child tax credit payments will be spent this summer.

Workers' pension fight drags on
Employees cheerfully clocked in to Electro-Jet Tool & Manufacturing Co. in Evendale, before the event that would transform Electro-Jet from a worker's dream into a bad memory and initiate a legal brawl.
Lawsuit struggles to find a trial judge

Home City Ice keeps it simple
Making ice is harder than you think. And that's the secret behind Home City Ice Co., which has grown into a Tristate powerhouse by focusing on the fundamentals.

What's the Buzz?
Gary Bentz of Loveland has been ordered to help repay $17.4 million for his part in an offshore trading scheme, but his attorney says he can't pay.

Tipsheet improved
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Virtual drive lets police fail in safety
MERIDEN, Conn. - The drivers in Center City are idiots. They cross double yellow lines, ride curbs and run stop signs.
Big Lots builds on success with thrifty in mind
Cash is tight, but Big Lots knows how to lure it out of customers' wallets - with low prices, brand names and remodeled stores.
More used cars being sold online
ARLINGTON, Texas - Four years ago, Ken Topham viewed eBay as an online garage sale where hobbyists bid on Pez dispensers and eight-track players. The longtime car salesman never imagined making a living off the Internet auction site.
Teens find fashion flair at Wal-Mart
NEW YORK - Just two years ago, Amy MacDonald had a hard time persuading her four teenage children to go to Wal-Mart to buy their back-to-school clothes. But with the discounter adding more trendy fashions, it's no longer a hard sell.

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.