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DINING: Pub brings Irish fare to Mass Ave

July 5, 2014
Nine Irish Brothers brings bangers and mash to Mass Ave. New pub also features live music.More.

LOPRESTI: Minor leagues are a home run across state

July 12, 2014
Five ballparks, from South Bend to Evansville, pack 'em in with baseball, promotions.More.

City to barricade Broad Ripple street to help curb violence

July 11, 2014
Indianapolis officials plan to close a two-block portion of Broad Ripple Avenue to motor vehicles on Friday and Saturday nights for the rest of the summer.More.

Feds putting Comcast-Time Warner deal under close scrutiny

July 11, 2014
The Justice Department has reached out to several major companies as it investigates whether the cable-industry merger is anticompetitive. The deal, if approved, would have big implications in central Indiana.More.

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Relics from investigated collection on display

A central Indiana museum is displaying numerous Native American relics belonging to a man from whom the FBI seized many artifacts this spring.More.

HETRICK: If you rely on air and water, you’ll want to read this

At the Statehouse, the crime in progress is voluntary bondage—not in the sexual sense, but what Dictionary.com calls “the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control.”More.

COTA: Resolution-boosting apps help New Year self-help prospects

The good news: We’re living in a world where there are amazing tools available to help guide your way. Here are a few of my favorites:More.

BASILE: Getting to Cuba isn’t easy, but rewards are worth it

The Cuba we found was quite different from the Cuba of 1958, frequently portrayed in books and movies. Instead, of neon and casinos, we found crumbling buildings and functioning 1940s and 1950s American cars.More.

Questioning Obama, Favre and the CIB's $50 millionRestricted Content

It's the season for bailouts—banks, businesses, capital improvement boards are all standing on street corners shaking empty Burger King cups at passing taxpayers.More.

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Indianapolis shows up peer cities in attracting the young and educated

Cities must woo people while they’re young—in their 20s or early 30s—because after that age, people tend to hunker down. The Indianapolis area apparently appeals to at least two key groups of young people—particularly those already married, according to a new study by researchers at IUPUI.More.

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  1. Hopefully these changes are made in time for black expo. Its going to be a scary week here in Indy.

  2. Sorry Ricky Ricardo, it is most definitely not Broad Ripple, despite its allure.

  3. An good news about our symphony is welcome news to me. However, I don't see revenue data here to coincide with the "ticket sales" data. This has been carefully worded so that no one can see they're making an apples to oranges comparison in order to put some lipstick on a pig. Since most of the symphony's so-called marketing efforts seem centered around sales promotions and manipulative promotional tactics (versus true re-establishment of any semblance of a brand that ISO management abandoned years ago when the bottom line became more important than its programming, its stature, artistic excellene or its musicians), a case can be made that while they're selling "more tickets" they're doing so for less money and therefore actually reducing the perceived value of the brand in perpetuity. Contrary to butts in seats, revenue is the true measure. In addition, only...what...a third at most of total revenue comes from ticket sales anyway? So I don't see what buy one/get one offers or buy 8 get two free or whatever the manipulation might be gets you other than butts in seats (and other disgruntled patrons like me who paid full price for those seats originally by the way) when you still don't have a full time, engaged music director, you raped your musicians (your only real asset) with a 32% pay cut and you've cut scheduling and classical programming and reduced one of the country's great full-time orchestras to what amounts to a part-time community orchestra staffed by contract retirees, subs, students and only a handful of the true, original, world-class musicians that made the ISO what it was before the bean counters started gutting it. ISO management needs to be doing a lot more explaining and a lot less preening. Increased tickets sold is different from ticket sales. A balanced budget means nothing if to get there you had to flog your musicians, force others into retirement and replace them with inexperienced, cheaper players and substitutes. The organization is still fundamentally flawed with essentially a vanity do-nothing board of directors and lap-dog management to whom widget sales are more important than artistic excellence. Bring back the days of Maestro Leppard and the true Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. And then talk to us about how things have improved.

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