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BUSINESS NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2004
Behind the Milacron deal
When the board of Milacron Inc. ended an eight-hour meeting close to midnight March 11, it reached a refinancing deal that removed months of uncertainty about the future of the 120-year-old maker of plastic molding machines and industrial fluids.

New focus warms things up at incubator
A new president and a new mission have nearly doubled the number of small businesses seeking revenue through the Cincinnati Business Incubator Inc.

Stewart asks friends to write judge
In hopes of winning less time in prison, Martha Stewart has asked friends to write to the judge who will determine her sentence for lying about a stock sale.

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EU plans sanctions against Microsoft
The European Union announced its intention Thursday to sanction Microsoft Corp. after the software giant balked at demands that could have prevented it from adding new features to future versions of Windows - a restriction it avoided in the landmark U.S. antitrust case.
France wooing tourists back
French tourism officials, smarting from an off year caused by many factors including anti-French sentiment over the Iraq war, are trying to lure Americans back to their country.
Low interest rates have consumers piling on debt
U.S. consumers have taken on record levels of debt as low interest rates have lured them to buy bigger houses and fancier cars and to charge more on credit cards than ever before.
Jobless claims continue down
A pair of economic reports released Thursday signaled hope that the long dry spell in hiring could be easing, but economists remained cautious about the prospects of a full recovery in the job market. Another report showed a spike in energy prices.
Jurors in 5-month Tyco trial begin deliberations
Jurors began deliberating Thursday whether two former executives looted more than $600 million from Tyco International Inc. and used the money to pay for vacation homes, extravagant furnishings, jewelry and a party on a Mediterranean island.
United delays Chapter 11 exit
United Airlines said Thursday that it will take longer than planned to get out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, telling federal bankruptcy court that it would be premature to emerge by June 30 as intended since several critical issues are still unsettled.
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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.