Thursday, October 2, 2003

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From staff reports

St. Anthony press acquires Charis

St. Anthony Messenger Press, a 110-year-old Catholic publisher based in Over-the-Rhine, has acquired Charis Books, the Catholic imprint of Servant Publications of Ann Arbor, Mich. The acquisition brings the combined list of St. Anthony Messenger Press books and Charis books to more than 370 titles, an increase of 50 percent.

St. Anthony Messenger Press is a ministry of the Franciscans of St. John the Baptist Province.

The Press, one of America's largest publishers of Roman Catholic spirituality resources, publishes the national Catholic family magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, books, audiobooks, newsletters and videos. It is also the publisher of award-winning Catholic Web sites, including its flagship www.AmericanCatholic. org.

Wyler Chevrolet accused of bias

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit against Jeff Wyler Chevrolet, alleging that the Batavia auto dealership turns away qualified sales applicants because they are women.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, says Wyler failed to hire Patricia Cameron-Lytle and an unspecified number of other unnamed women as car saleswomen. The agency said it filed suit after failing to reach an out-of-court settlement with the company. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Don White, a Batavia lawyer for Jeff Wyler Chevrolet, said the allegations are groundless and stemmed from a plot by a disgruntled former employee.

Convergys noted for arts support

Cincinnati's Convergys Corp. received one of seven Business in the Arts Awards presented by the Business Committee of the Arts and Forbes magazine.

Convergys was recognized in the large-company category for new initiatives. The company was picked for its sponsorship and support of arts programs in its key North American locations.

Locally, Convergys supports the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Museum Center and Cincinnati Opera among other programs. Chairman James Orr is incoming campaign chairman for the Fine Arts Fund.

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