BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2002
New standards clear air
        Fewer people at the hospital with breathing trouble. Cleaner burning but more expensive blends of gasoline. And no more taking a passing grade at the E-check station for granted.

Realtors keep sales pace
        After posting record-setting sales the past two years, the million-dollar question now is: Can Greater Cincinnati's housing market sustain its banner pace this year?

Judge OKs PocketScript plan
        PocketScript Inc. all but completed its bankruptcy Wednesday when a federal judge approved a plan that leaves the Mason technology company in the hands of its original investors — minus most of its debt.

Hotel occupancy rates up
        Downtown and Northern Kentucky hotels enjoyed a modest increase in hotel occupancy rates in February.

Morning Memo
        Hot tips and news to start your business day.

Tip sheet hits inboxes
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Five job centers opening
        To help job-seekers find available jobs, Cincinnati and Hamilton County have created five one-stop job centers to offer the services of more than a dozen federal agencies.

Andersen searches for boss, buyers for pieces
        CHICAGO — Top partners for Arthur Andersen LLP, desperate to prevent the company from collapsing, pressed efforts Wednesday to find a new leader and negotiate the possible sale of Andersen's nonaudit businesses.

Sioux City Stockyards closing
        SIOUX CITY, Iowa — For more than a century, farmers and ranchers across the West and the Midwest sent their steers and hogs to Sioux City's vast maze of wooden pens and auction lots.

Business Digest
        Adelphia Communications Corp. shares plunged 18 percent after the sixth-biggest U.S. cable company said it has $2.3 billion in debt not included on its balance sheet.

Tristate Summary
        Cleveland-based American Greetings Corp. Wednesday reported a narrower loss for the last three months of its fiscal year than a year ago and said it expects improvement this year.

What's the Buzz?
        Improving auto sales have stabilized the employment outlook at Ford Motor Co.'s Sharonville transmission plant.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Recovery pitfalls linger for Comair
        ERLANGER — Roughly a year after the Tristate's nastiest recent labor dispute started, Comair is flying about as many routes as it did before the 89-day strike that nearly put the regional airline out of business. But a question lingers.
Comair's history sometimes turbulent

Tide-al wave of profits
        With $2.4 billion in North American sales, Tide is a Fortune 600 company on its own, and it's been the market leader since 1949. But in a world where Wall Street demands continuous growth, the pressure still is on the company's highest-profile brand to get even bigger.

Firstar to fly new name, colors
        For the second time in three years, Firstar will get a new name and face-lift.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
Greater Cincinnati 100
        Manufacturing dominates the field among Greater Cincinnati's 100 biggest private companies.
11 companies break into top 100
List of Greater Cincinnati 100