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Investigators turn to bankers
With Bill Erpenbeck set to be sentenced March 29 on a federal bank fraud charge, prosecutors appear to be preparing their case against John Finnan and Marc Menne, former officers of the Northern Kentucky bank associated with the Erpenbeck scheme.

'18 different opinions' delay vote on 25 condos
City Council's Finance Committee on Monday delayed a vote to spend $2.5 million to help build 25 condos next to Kroger's parking garage at Vine Street and Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine.

Smucker's buys big
ORRVILLE, Ohio - The J.M. Smucker Co. is teaming up with the Pillsbury Doughboy.

AK Steel hoping for help with Ashland mill
AK Steel is urging the Kentucky General Assembly to approve amendments to the commonwealth's Industrial Revitalization Act to aid a proposed $65 million investment in its Ashland steel mill.

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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.
Ad agency loses clients, closes
Local ad agency Mann Bukvic Olsen Partners has closed. The agency employed nine workers when it folded in late February after the loss of two major accounts, including the Cincinnati Zoo, president Dave Bukvic said.

Stewart says 'thanks,' as board meets
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart met for about an hour Monday with federal probation officials who will recommend the length of her prison sentence for lying about a stock sale, then emerged from the courthouse to thank her supporters.

Stewart should fess up, someday
NEW YORK - It probably won't be as easy as mending a crumbling layer cake with icing, but Martha Stewart can rehabilitate her image if she is willing to own up to her mistakes, experts say.

Currency control remains in place
BEIJING - China will keep its politically sensitive exchange-rate controls "for a long time to come," the country's chief foreign-exchange regulator was quoted Monday as saying, rejecting claims its currency is undervalued and costing American jobs.

Tyco charges won't stick, ex-CFO's lawyer tells jury
NEW YORK - After five months of testimony, jurors began hearing closing arguments Monday in the trial of two former top executives at Tyco International Ltd. who are accused of looting the conglomerate of $600 million.

Fed gives go-ahead for giant bank
WASHINGTON - Bank of America and FleetBoston Financial Corp. won approval from the Federal Reserve on Monday for a merger creating the third-largest U.S. bank, a behemoth holding nearly $1 trillion in assets and stretching from California through the South and up to New England.

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.