BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2003
Work starts at old McAlpin's
Work has begun to transform the long-vacant McAlpin's department store in downtown Cincinnati to a complex of stores, offices and condominiums, but the city might be getting less than it originally contracted for.

Kroger workers strike at 44 stores
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Grocery workers at 44 Kroger stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky began a strike Monday night after rejecting the company's contract offer earlier in the day.
Kroger grapples with strike

Government groups look for workers
Unemployed workers or others looking to change careers might find some wide-open opportunities Wednesday at a daylong Government Job Fair.

Chamber backs $500M bond issue
The bandwagon for Ohio Gov. Bob Taft's proposed $500 million bond issue for economic development is loaded with Cincinnatians.

Morning memo
Hot tips & news to start your business day.

The Buzz
Procter & Gamble Co. is taking Prilosec over the counter, but your insurance company still might be involved.

Business Meetings This Week
Announcements of meetings and seminars, and instructions for listing your event.

Tipsheet improved
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Martha Stewart does not anticipate time in prison
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart, indicted in a stock-trading scandal over the summer, says she is scared but does not believe she will go to prison.
States battle fed for cheaper, imported medicine
NEW YORK - The battle over importing prescription drugs is erupting into a border war of sorts.
Tristate Summary
Electronic Data Systems Corp. Monday said it might sell a minority stake in its Product Lifecycle Management Solutions unit, which employs about 650 outside Milford.
Business Digest
NEW YORK - As of Thursday, the world's largest media company will officially drop "AOL" from its name and be known as "Time Warner Inc.," as it was before it announced a merger with America Online at the height of the Internet boom in early 2000.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
Buying into fantasy football
With more than 13 million people playing the game of fantasy football, businesses are looking to cash in on this growing phenomenon.

P&G, Cintas travel 2 roads
When two of Greater Cincinnati's biggest companies face shareholders Tuesday, one will be under pressure from union activists while the other will be riding a crest that has taken its stock price to a three-year high.


Special Report: P&G's Russian Frontier
In a three-day series, The Enquirer's Cliff Peale reports from Russia on Procter & Gamble's manufucturing and marketing drive there and the implications for Greater Cincinnati.
SUNDAY STORIES:
Booming market bears potential and challenge
It's not like Kroger: 'Stores' make selling a challenge
New economy holds instability and risk
Overseas sales have big impact back home
MONDAY STORIES:
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
TUESDAY STORIES:
Europe teaches lessons about style
Vanity products are a gamble for Procter
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

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.