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Fledgling technology park is development bright spot

November 21, 2009
WestGate@Crane Technology Park is adding office buildings for defense contractors next to the secretive Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane.
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Real estate firm launches in rough waters

August 29, 2009
Business partners Dan Adams and Bob Harton left a real estate franchise to start an agency of their own.
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Saturday Evening Post looks to its past in effort to spark revival

August 28, 2009
The Indianapolis-based magazine, which publishes every other month, launched a redesign in July reminiscent of its glory days, with a retro masthead, narrative cover art and fiction writing.
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Corn dogs, elephant ears and spas ... at the fair

August 7, 2009
The Indiana State Fair brings to mind images of deep fried foods and carnival rides, but fair-goers sometimes buy big ticket items—like hot tub spas.
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Purdue prof: 'Clunkers' could stall retail sales

August 5, 2009
The federal 'Cash for Clunkers' program has opened a floodgate of car sales that President Obama says is a much-needed boost for the economy. But retailers may feel the negative effects of America's collective investment in new cars, predicts a Purdue Retail Institute researcher.
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Purdue prof: 'Clunkers' could stall retail sales

August 5, 2009
The federal "Cash for Clunkers" program has opened a floodgate of car sales that President Obama says is a much-needed boost for the economy. But retailers may feel the negative effects of America's collective investment in new cars, predicts a Purdue Retail Institute researcher.
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Candle company cooks up products with a 'green' twist

July 27, 2009
After working in retail management for four years, Rich and Jodi Scheve decided to take business into their own hands—and their own garage. Passing on business plans for Subway and South Bend Chocolate Co. franchises, the couple skirted heavy franchise fees and started Twisted Wick Candle Co.
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Neighborhood taps cash languishing in account

July 20, 2009
City to unleash $3.8 million for improvements in United North West Area.

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Cats, dogs just too ordinary for exotic-animal veterinarian

July 6, 2009
Clad in iguana-patterned medical scrubs, Angela Lennox moves quickly around the clinic laboratory, administering barium to a ferret and ordering a guinea pig X-ray. From there, she moves to an exam room, taking blood from an unruly bird and diagnosing an injured pet duck—all in the span of about 30 minutes.
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No. 7 Salon & Spa lets stylists go solo

June 29, 2009
With an interior-design overhaul in 2004 and a business plan restructuring last year, Gina and Tina LaGrotte's No. 7 Salon & Spa near downtown would be aesthetically and economically unrecognizable to their late father.
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Local social networking site connects users offline

June 22, 2009
Growing by leaps and bounds, smallerindiana.com will host its first-ever "Bigger Ideas" conference for the high-tech and Internet-savvy crowd.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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