BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2003
Conflict often spells doom for airlines
In the months leading up to the Gulf War and in the following two years, six airlines sought bankruptcy protection. Three emerged, albeit much smaller; the other three died.
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Entrepreneur has got game
Some people dream of entrepreneurial ventures. Michael Montgomery's dream provided specific instructions for building a board game.

Kroger may be buying chain
Kroger Co., already the nation's largest retail grocery chain, might be close to a deal to expand its presence in the Midwest by acquiring Dominick's Finer Foods in Chicago, according to some food industry analysts.

What's the buzz?
Hamilton's Smart Papers LLC is supplying kites to 5,000 children in Washington this weekend for the Smithsonian Institution's 37th annual Kite Festival.

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Federal suit seeks millions in OT for Cintas workers
The union trying to organize Cintas Corp. workers stepped up its campaign Wednesday with a federal lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in unpaid overtime for Cintas route salespeople.
HealthSouth, chairman accused of massive fraud
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - HealthSouth Corp. and its chairman, Richard Scrushy, were accused Wednesday of a massive accounting fraud that the government said inflated reported profits by at least $1.4 billion to mislead investors that the health care giant was keeping pace with Wall Street's expectations.
CECO's profit increases in 4th quarter
CECO Environmental Corp., parent of Oakley's Kirk & Blum, managed a wider profit in the fourth quarter despite lower revenues.
Fewer students in Mexico for break amid terror fears
CANCUN, Mexico - Standing on his tiptoes for a better view of two topless coeds on an oceanfront stage, 21-year-old Iowa State senior Scott Robertson said war and the threat of terrorism weren't about to ruin his spring break.
Barry Diller resigns as co-CEO of Vivendi Universal
LOS ANGELES - Barry Diller resigned Wednesday as co-chief executive of Vivendi Universal Entertainment in a move that could help clear the way for the company's cash-strapped French parent to sell its Universal Studios, Universal's theme parks and other entertainment assets.
Industry notes: Manufacturing
GE Engine Services has won an $83 million, 12-year agreement from Copa Airlines to maintain the Latin American carrier's CFM56-7 engines on its fleet of 16 Boeing 737-700 jets.
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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

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