Sunday, November 30, 2003

Queen City Rewind

The week in business news in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


• Stores in Greater Cincinnati that welcomed big crowds on the day after Thanksgiving, and the shoppers who braved traffic and demanding children to snag that Christmas gift. Congratulations on surviving the joyous madness.

• Bengals owner Mike Brown. File this under "Things you thought you'd never see." With the hiring of Marvin Lewis quickly paying off, name the best move by any local company in the past decade, at least as far as fans are concerned.


• The bleary-eyed souls who actually worked at the stores that opened their doors to big crowds before sunrise the day after Thanksgiving. Hey, it's a paycheck.

• Local fliers who drive to Dayton or Louisville or Indianapolis to avoid high air fares here. We love the direct flights out of Cincinnati, but the sticker shock is painful. Low-fare airlines have come to town before but haven't stuck over time because of Delta's hold on the market. Maybe next time will be different.


We're all grateful for the holiday musings of Cleveland law firm McDonald Hopkins, which reminds us in a press release that "Holiday parties can increase liability risk." Among the gems was this advice for employers: "Inexpensive gifts such as turkeys at Thanksgiving are considered fringe benefits, and are not included in an employee's income." Party on.


"I started discussing this with the board this summer, and I very much wanted to reach a natural breakpoint. I feel this is it, with Delta strongly solvent and away from the brink of bankruptcy, but still facing mammoth challenges."

Leo Mullin, who is resigning as boss of Delta Air Lines


To companies and their employees throughout Greater Cincinnati who recognized the two keys of the holiday: Thanks, for the good things economic opportunity brings to all, and Giving, for the office food drives and encouraging smiles they offered to our region's less-fortunate.


A march to success for Newport on the Levee seems

ahead. The south-bank city has tapped the demand for entertainment. Yes, the Levee has some bugs to work out. But Cincinnati needs to pay attention and figure out how to help make the riverfront on both sides of the Ohio a world-class venue.

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