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Business heats up for new Godby: Firm re-emerges after selling to a national competitor in the late 1990s

When big publicly held companies snapped up local heating, cooling and plumbing companies in the late 1990s, Tom Godby thought he needed to get on board. "I didn't want to miss that tidal wave of change," he said. Godby was the sole owner of Godby Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning LLC, which had been in the Indianapolis market for three decades when Godby sold it to American Residential Services in 1997. But instead of being the industry's new face, the...
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U.S. News ranks Notre Dame tops in Indiana

Eiteljorg takes artifact ownership dispute to court: Quarrels over origins rare but troubling for museums

A New Mexico man claims an artifact in the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art's collection was stolen from him in 1984 before it was purchased and donated to the Indianapolis museum in 1989. Artifacts dealer Robert Vandenberg says the American Indian war shirt-a long, fringed shirt made of hide-is worth as much as $200,000 and he is asking the Eiteljorg to hand it over. The museum, on the other hand, says Indianapolis businessman Harrison Eiteljorg had clear...
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Firm brings big-name help to small not-for-profits: Consultant will offer tiered Web-based advice to help keep its fees affordable

Some heavy hitters in the local not-forprofit consulting world have formed Achieve LLC, a company that will use the Internet to make high-end advice available to small and midsize charities. Its goal is to give organizations experiencing growing pains access to expert advice they usually can't afford. "The question was, how do you fill that void for smaller not-for-profits?" said coowner and Vice President Dave Sternberg, former associate director of the Fundraising School at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy and...
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Firm brings big-name help to small not-for-profits: Consultant will offer tiered Web-based advice to help keep its fees affordable

Some heavy hitters in the local not-forprofit consulting world have formed Achieve LLC, a company that will use the Internet to make high-end advice available to small and midsize charities. Its goal is to give organizations experiencing growing pains access to expert advice they usually can't afford. "The question was, how do you fill that void for smaller not-for-profits?" said coowner and Vice President Dave Sternberg, former associate director of the Fundraising School at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy and...
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Eiteljorg takes artifact ownership dispute to court: Quarrels over origins rare but troubling for museums

A New Mexico man claims an artifact in the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art's collection was stolen from him in 1984 before it was purchased and donated to the Indianapolis museum in 1989. Artifacts dealer Robert Vandenberg says the American Indian war shirt-a long, fringed shirt made of hide-is worth as much as $200,000 and he is asking the Eiteljorg to hand it over. The museum, on the other hand, says Indianapolis businessman Harrison Eiteljorg had clear...
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Stadium's flexibility should help attract extra events: But some experts say stadiums are still a hard sell

Lucas Oil Stadium can be a jack of all trades. Hang rigging from its ceiling, lower built-in sound-absorbing curtains over most of the seats, and it can host a fairly intimate 20,000-seat concert. Roll out the temporary floor to cover the turf, part and pack away one side of the bleachers, and it can stretch to be a convention hall, boasting 183,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space plus 12 meeting rooms, a welcome plaza and party deck. But the...
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$720 million stadium will open with big operating deficit

Cleaning crews are wiping construction dust from the 63,000 seats in Lucas Oil Stadium, prepping for the public's first peek at the $720 million venue Aug. 16. But the hard work is only beginning for the city's Capital Improvement Board, the entity charged with operating the stadium. The fumbling point: CIB is anticipating a $20 million operating deficit for Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009.



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Center at IU helps nation's rec areas become inclusive: Venues of all types, sizes learn methods to make attractions more accessible to visitors with disabilities

Since its inception, the center's staff has worked with venues ranging from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to local parks in the Indianapolis area. Besides facilities, it also comes to the aid of individuals. Recently, the center helped a bride who wanted to get married on the beach at sunset. A family member uses an electric wheelchair, so the center offered advice to her Florida hotel on how to construct a portable wheelchair path to the ceremony that...
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It's all about CHINA: Cultural programming on the rise in Indianapolis as local Chinese population rises, country opens up

When Dr. Zao C. Xu moved to Indianapolis in 1986, there were only a handful of other Chinese immigrants working at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Now, there are more than 20. Xu's wife works at Eli Lilly and Co. When she started there in the mid-1980s, she was one of about 20 Chinese immigrant employees at the pharmaceutical giant. Today, there are more than 500. "Many people who came from China started working in the East or West...
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