BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2003
Cincinnati Bell gets a new CEO
John F. "Jack" Cassidy, Cincinnati Bell Inc.'s president and chief operating officer, Monday was named president and chief executive officer.

Electronic prescription service sold
PocketScript, the Mason company that launched a wireless drug prescription service for doctors - and sprinkled holy water on its financial documents when it ran low on capital - has sold its assets to a Texas company whose investors include Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.

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

What's the Buzz?
Wealthy Greater Cincinnati residents are more bullish than most Americans that the U.S. economy is getting stronger and improving. But they also plan to spend and invest less than their peers nationally, a new survey reveals.

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MORE BUSINESS HEADLINES
Telecom firm MVD acquires Sysborne
Bolstering its position as a telecommunications provider, MVD Communications in Loveland has acquired rival Sysborne LLC.


Butler County signs first private fiber-optic user
HAMILTON - A high-technology telecommunications company based in Middletown has become the first private business to use Butler County's fiber-optic network.

Tristate summary
Louisville-based Humana Inc. reported sharply higher second-quarter earnings Monday, easily beating Wall Street expectations, on the strength of gains in the managed care company's commercial business.

Business digest
NEW YORK - Long-distance giant MCI avoided paying access fees to local phone companies by diverting calls to Canada - including calls placed by the State Department and other government agencies, AT&T Corp. charged Monday.


SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT     (Index of Sunday stories)
Business reform beginning to have impact
NEW YORK - The scandals thundered across the headlines like a noisy storm, failures so spectacular their names now seem synonymous with corporate ruin: Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Adelphia.
First prosecution under new accounting law looms
Reform's authors see a good beginning
Off-books activity restricted

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

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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.