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BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2004
Condos subsidy close to final OK
Cincinnati City Council on Monday took a major step toward approving a plan to spend $2.5 million to build 25 condos at the doorstep of Over-the-Rhine.

Pilcher: How to spin vinyl into gold
SSSST-pop! When I heard that sound again after nearly 10 years, the smile nearly broke my face. "That's your favorite sound in the world, isn't it?" my wife asked.
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Cincinnati Bell to delay filing year-end financial statements
Cincinnati Bell Inc. said Monday it will delay filing its year-end financial statements up to 15 days while it resolves a technical default on its credit agreements caused by restatement of results dating to 2000.

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MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Dick's stores hiring trainers
Dick's Sporting Goods is considered one of the most profitable full-line sporting goods retailers in the country, in part because it keeps inventory lean so less merchandise has to be sold at a loss.

Milford site hopes to be HQ
Electronic Data Systems Inc.'s agreement to sell its engineering software unit to a trio of investment firms could open the door to relocating the business' headquarters to Milford.

Milacron shares soar after new deal
Now that it has secured new financing, Milacron Inc. has to hope a rebound in the plastic-molding machine market takes place.

3rd-quarter earnings up for Cintas
Cintas Corp., the Mason uniform supplier, Monday reported a 13 percent increase in third-quarter earnings.

AK Steel helps make appliances
A Richmond, Ind., maker of refrigerators for labs and hospitals is introducing a line of appliances using anti-microbial steel supplied by AK Steel.

Judge approves Bridgestone-Firestone settlement
HOUSTON - A Texas state court judge Monday approved a $149 million settlement of 30 class-action lawsuits filed on behalf of tire owners against Bridgestone-Firestone North American Tire.

Stewart leaves board, back in kitchen
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart handed over her keys to the executive suite of the media empire she built Monday, a little more than a week after she was convicted on four federal charges.

Tyco defense: Party video, sex questions irrelevant
NEW YORK - A video of a $2 million birthday party presented at the trial of two former top executives of Tyco International and questions about sexual partners had nothing to do with their case, a defense lawyer said Monday in closing arguments.

FleetBoston, Bank of America to pay $515M
WASHINGTON - Bank of America and FleetBoston Financial have agreed to pay a total of $515 million to resolve allegations of improper mutual-fund trading and to reduce fees investors pay by $160 million in the biggest fund scandal settlement to date, federal and New York state authorities said Monday.


SPECIAL COVERAGE
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

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.