BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2002
Bush to call for strict penalties
        WASHINGTON — President Bush, confronting corporate scandals that have undermined investor confidence and threatened political damage to the White House, will propose stricter regulation of businesses, including longer jail terms for executives who commit fraud.
Merck books raise suspicions
WorldCom, Andersen exchange accusations

Cincinnati Bell, union talks resume as deadline nears
        Negotiators for Cincinnati Bell and the Communications Workers of America resumed talks Monday in an attempt to head off a contract deadline at 2 p.m. today.

Former Peoples president finds buyer for home
        Former Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky president John Finnan has found a buyer for his home amid a federal lawsuit alleging that the property was financed by proceeds of bank fraud.

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Tristate Summary
        A federal judge has thrown out AK Steel Corp.'s complaint that French competitor Usinor S.A., tried to monopolize the market for steel products used for automotive exhaust equipment.

EBay set to buy online payment provider PayPal
        SAN JOSE, Calif. — Online auction giant eBay Inc. is buying Internet payment provider PayPal Inc. in a $1.3 billion stock deal that would unite what's arguably the Web's most successful business with one of the few companies that has been giving it any trouble.

Business Digest
        Billionaire Warren Buffett and two other backers are investing a total of $500 million in Level 3 Communications Inc. to help it fund acquisitions as the telecommunications industry consolidates.

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.

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