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'Bring your own device' creates privacy issues for employees

August 20, 2014
Companies are concerned about data security and access to mobile devices used for work. Employees want to keep prying eyes—including those of their employers—away from their personal business.
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After 30 years, Judge Barker to dial back caseload

March 31, 2014
Sarah Evans Barker was the first woman appointed to the federal court in Indiana. After 30 years on the federal bench, she will transition to semi-retired status effective June 30.
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Bar Association stands against gay-marriage amendment

January 27, 2014
Backed by nearly three-fourths of its members, the Indianapolis Bar has taken the unusual step of announcing its opposition to the state constitutional amendment under debate at the Statehouse.
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Golfer finishes coast-to-coast fundraiser for Indy school

August 14, 2013
Luke Bielawski, a student from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, spent 96 days this summer teeing off from California to South Carolina to raise money for Providence Cristo Rey High School.
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Local legal aid group needs to beat the bushes

August 12, 2013
A $126,000 reduction in contributions by United Way of Central Indiana is pushing Indianapolis Legal Aid Society to introduce itself to a wider audience and focus on fundraising.
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Holiday World family takes dispute to Indiana appeals court

August 7, 2013
An agreement meant to keep a popular amusement park in the family has sparked a bitter dispute that has reached the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Chief justice wants lawyers to do more pro bono work

July 22, 2013
One key proposal from a state commission is to require all licensed attorneys in Indiana to report their pro bono hours.
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Attorneys rev engines on racing circuits for relaxation

May 1, 2013
Lawyers are traditionally known as hard-chargers, but these Indianapolis attorneys spend their weekends jockeying for position as pro- and semipro-level auto racers.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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