Top Enron employees reaped $744 million
        NEW YORK — In the year before Enron Corp. filed for bankruptcy, former chairman Kenneth Lay amassed $152.7 million in payments and stock — more than 11,000 times the maximum amount the company's laid-off workers will likely get in severance.
Andersen a lead-in for Enron

Midland stock rises on news of split
        Shares of Midland Co. rose 3.8 percent Monday after the specialty insurer said it plans a 2-for-1 stock split.

Nestle dips into Dreyer's
        Nestle SA agreed Monday to take a majority stake in Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. as part a $2.4 billion transaction that would allow the Swiss conglomerate to eventually swallow all of California-based Dreyer's.

Morning Memo
        Today's Number: 270 — Financial restatements by public companies in the United States last year, more than double the number in 1997, Huron Consulting Group of Chicago said.
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Detroit loses appeal on casino licensing issue
        DETROIT — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling that the city acted improperly when it preferentially granted casino licenses in 1997.

Free smokes, thanks to big tobacco
        LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It's 9:30 at the Back Door Lounge and the line on this Tuesday night is already 10 deep. But these people aren't waiting for the bar's famous bourbon and Cokes. The line is for the cigarettes: They're free.

Sears acquires clothing seller
        HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears, Roebuck and Co. announced completion of its acquisition of casual clothing marketer Lands' End on Monday.

U.S. money may get more whimsical
        WASHINGTON — Benjamin Franklin in orange. Andrew Jackson with purple hair. Those crinkly greenbacks tucked into your billfold aren't going punk, but they are headed for another makeover that may make them more colorful.

Brash, prickly CEO out at Quest
        DENVER — Joseph Nacchio gave up the helm of Qwest Communications on Monday as investors tired of the brash, lavishly paid CEO's efforts to steer the telephone company through financial crisis and a federal accounting probe.

Jobless benefits set to run out yet again
        WASHINGTON — For many who lost their jobs after the Sept. 11 attacks, unemployment checks are about to run out.

McDonald's forecasts gains in second quarter
        OAK BROOK, Ill. — Boosted by increased sales in Europe, McDonald's Corp. said that earnings for the second quarter should rise, reversing a trend that has seen earnings for the fast food giant drop for six straight quarters.

Beijing closes Net cafes after fire
        BEIJING — The Beijing government is closing most of the Chinese capital's hugely popular Internet cafes, cutting off access to the Web for many residents after a fire killed 24 people in an unlicensed cyber cafe.

Business Digest
        Martha Stewart's broker said the two decided on or after Dec. 10 — not late November as Ms. Stewart told congressional investigators — to sell shares of biotech ImClone Systems if the price fell below $60 a share, a published report said.

Tristate Summary
        GE Aircraft Engines has won an order valued at more than $125 million to supply engines for 25 regional jets ordered by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Coast Airlines.
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.

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