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Buyer digests Provident
National City Corp. will absorb up to $100 million in merger-related costs over the next six months to cover its buyout of Provident Financial Group Inc., the bank's top executive said Friday.

Upbeat Stewart says, 'I'll be back'
Choking back tears and pleading for leniency, Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison Friday for lying about a stock sale.
Stewart still a role model for her fans
Fight to clear her name may cloud empire's future

Lesson best learned young: Save money
Kim Piening says she had a loving, happy childhood, but she also recalls her frugal parents rarely taking the family out to dinner or spending lavishly.

Muslim claims discrimination
With a year of airport security experience, a successful background check and completion of a training course, a 29-year-old Kentuckian thought he was a shoo-in for a security job checking airline cabins.

Ohio joblessness rose during June
Ohio's unemployment rate rose in June as losses in manufacturing mounted and more people came into the work force, the state reported Friday.

Business reader panel
The Enquirer's Business section is seeking a dozen people to join our Readers Panel. The panel will meet four times a year to discuss consumer and economic issues affecting Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. If you're interested in being considered, please contact assistant business editor Mark Wert at 768-8526 before 3 p.m. weekdays, or e-mail him at

In your opinion
The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates. How will it affect you? Will you earn more on savings? Will you pay more for your credit cards or other debt? Will it change your mind on buying a house? Will it affect how you invest in your business? Please contact John Byczkowski at 513-768-8377, or email him at

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Truckers' driving time cut back
WASHINGTON - A federal court Friday threw out new government rules extending the amount of time that commercial truckers can drive between breaks.
Bank of Kentucky parent reports 4% gain in profits
Loan growth helped the parent of the Bank of Kentucky post a 4 percent gain in second-quarter profits.
PNC buys bank of diplomats
WASHINGTON - PNC Financial Services Group is buying Riggs National Corp. in a $779 million deal that will shutter the embassy and foreign businesses that were Riggs Bank's hallmark - but led to a $25 million fine and government scrutiny over its treatment of dictators' and diplomats' accounts.
Paid-up policy is 'lazy dollars'
I am a 78-year-old male nonsmoker in reasonably good health. I have a special kind of whole life that has a death benefit of $500,000 and current cash value of $400,000. Is there away to improve my situation without my having to pay any more out-of-pocket?
Russian Yukos tycoon calls charges against him 'absurd'
MOSCOW - Jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky fired back at the state Friday for a yearlong attack on him and his former oil company Yukos, pledging to prove he is innocent of charges he called "absurd" and politically motivated.
Switch- hitting bonds on rise
You make decisions at a snail's pace. You're still torn between Bush and Gore in the 2000 election. And you're probably still trying to decide whether to invest in stocks or bonds.
Group wants phone plan explained
The Ohio Consumers' Counsel and Communities United For Action asked state regulators Friday to clarify a provision in Cincinnati Bell Inc.'s recent alternative regulation plan that's costing 31,000 low-income residents a total of $164,000 a month.
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Has your job been sent off-shore?
The Enquirer would like to hear from you. If you know of any companies in the Cincinnati area that have transferred jobs or outsourced work -- at the expense of local jobs -- to nations wiph lower labor costs, please e-mail us.

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.