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Analysts fear spike in gas prices
With the average price of unleaded regular nationally creeping toward the record of $1.74 a gallon set last August, government officials this week cautioned that the cost of gasoline is headed even higher.

Stewart found guilty; prison sentence likely
Martha Stewart was found guilty Friday in a securities-trading case that has cost her about $250 million in stock value.
Local brokers agree Stewart was undone by her own greed
Martha's still giving advice on TV

City may wait to OK condo funding
Supporters of a $7.6 million condominium project, next to the city-financed $11.8 million Kroger Co. garage, say it's the type of new housing needed to revitalize Over-the-Rhine.

Rising costs of metals pinching firms' profits
American manufacturers are beginning to pay the price for too much of a good thing.

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Business meetings this week
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Stock market game
The Enquirer presents its winter-spring stock market game. Here are this week's results:
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Business People
Promotions & new on the job.
Hamilton bank new target?
In the wake of the acquisition of Provident Bank last month, speculation is rising that another large, locally based bank could be bought.
Age bias rule has a new tenet
Workers over 40 years old can sue employers for age discrimination even if they're replaced by workers who are also over 40, the Ohio Supreme Court said in a 4-3 decision this week.
Feb. unemployment rate stuck at 5.6%
WASHINGTON - The nation's payrolls grew by just 21,000 in February and left the unemployment rate stuck at 5.6 percent, just as President Bush revved up a re-election campaign that is counting heavily on a revived economy.
New weekly to focus on N.Ky.
Backers of The Sunday Challenger, a weekly newspaper focusing on Northern Kentucky, said Friday that they plan to roll out the first edition this summer or fall.
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Tristate summary

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.
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
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
Europe teaches lessons about style
Vanity products are a gamble for Procter

Erpenbeck archive
William Erpenbeck Jr. spent a decade building a company that crumbled in months. Once one of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co. succumbed to a bank fraud that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.