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Circuit City and HHGregg

November 20, 2008
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How can it be that Circuit City is bankrupt and HHGregg is still going strong? Both companies sell electronics to consumers, though Gregg also deals in appliances. Part of the reason may be found in how they treat their sales staffs. Circuit...
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Smoking ban back on the table

November 19, 2008
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Smoking in public places is in retreat across the country, and now Charlie Brown, the state representative from Gary, wants to ban it in bars, casinos and other enclosed places in Indiana. Brown plans to introduce a bill during...
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A tiny Indiana bank and the bailout

November 18, 2008
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Newton County Loan & Savings bank couldnâ??t be more out of the way â?? or more relevant in this day of government bailouts. The thrift is in Goodland, a burg between Lafayette and Chicago, and has all of $7.3 million in...
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Bail out Detroit?

November 17, 2008
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Two schools of thought are emerging over the proposed bailout of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. One is that the auto industry is too big to fail. Itâ??s not just because of the manufacturing operations and all the suppliers...
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Whatâ??s next for Daniels?

November 12, 2008
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Mitch Daniels has plenty of reason to feel good about himself these days. Last week, he won reelection in a landslide after cutting a wake through a change-averse state, and without going negative on his opponent, Jill Long Thompson. Daniels also needs...
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Another day, another ranking

November 12, 2008
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Small-town newspaper editors know that the more names of people they cram into each issue, the better the chances someone will pick up the paper. Now the principle has caught on in a big way with the largest publications â?? and...
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Grading racism on a curve

November 11, 2008
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An Indiana University committee made the right call yesterday when it recommended leaving the name of a segregationist on an athletics facility, says a Ball State University historian. John Mathew Glen says the committee appropriately recognized contributions of former judge and...
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Secrecy and animal testing

November 10, 2008
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One of the most secretive companies in town has made its first public announcement in a long time. Harlan Sprague Dawley, which is best known for supplying custom-designed laboratory rats for research, has reorganized its various units under a...
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After assessors, what's next?

November 6, 2008
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Indiana voters this week in effect fired most of the remaining township assessors after the Legislature merged the vast majority of their work into county-level assessor offices earlier this year. But many of the recommendations from the report on...
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Obama, Daniels and Indiana

November 5, 2008
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Change agents Barack Obama and Mitch Daniels won over Hoosiers yesterday, but from different ends of the political spectrum. Barack Obama took the state after a campaign in which he promised to increase regulations on business, raise taxes on...
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There's gotta be a better way

November 4, 2008
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We live in the country that invented the light bulb, put a man on the moon and cracked the human genome, but weâ??re still standing in line to vote. Election Day is evolving into Election Month as more people make decisions...
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Nuclear war, assessors and voters

November 3, 2008
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Following a nuclear holocaust, itâ??s been said, only cockroaches and township assessors will be left. Now, assessors might finally meet their match in something more powerful than atomic weapons â?? voters. The Legislature wiped out a warren of them this year when...
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Headhunter: Market not so bad

October 31, 2008
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A corporate recruiter says employers in Indianapolis arenâ??t acting like their counterparts elsewhere in the country, if headlines are to be believed. The employment market here has stayed fairly resilient, says Steve Mattei, a partner in Pinnacle Partners Inc. Pinnacle specializes in...
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Bringing on the generic drugs

October 30, 2008
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Times are tough enough that more people are beginning to switch to generic drugs to save money. Insurers like Indianapolis-based WellPoint are playing a role, too, by pushing policy holders toward generics. People also are splitting pills...
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Concerns of a state health official

October 29, 2008
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One of the people responsible for ensuring we stay healthy is Dr. Judy Monroe, who directs the Indiana Department of Health. So, what keeps someone with a job like hers up at night? A nightmare scenario is a new virus that quickly...
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United Way CEO: merge nonprofits

October 23, 2008
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As the economy slows and money gets scarce, banks arenâ??t the only organizations that should consider merging. Thatâ??s how United Way of Central Indiana CEO Ellen Annala sees the landscape. The Indianapolis area has a whopping 16,000 not-for-profits, she says, one for...
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Is your job secure?

October 22, 2008
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Waves of layoffs are going to hit the country as banks tighten lending and companies cut costs, BusinessWeek predicted in an article this week. Unlike the dot-com and housing busts of recent years, this time just about every industry...
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The future of Chrysler

October 22, 2008
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The latest unnamed source to discuss the future of Chrysler raises the possibility of the company being sold off in pieces. This, after it became public that General Motors is interested in Chrysler to snag desperately needed cash. Nissan...
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Rich, poor growing apart

October 21, 2008
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A new report says the gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider, and that the gap is biggest in the United States. The problem, of course, isnâ??t new. Broadly speaking, the greater oneâ??s education and skills,...
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A historian previews the election

October 8, 2008
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Jerry Handfield hasnâ??t lived in Indiana since 2001, when he moved to Washington to take a similar job overseeing that stateâ??s archives. But Handfield still keeps tabs on Indiana. So much so that he checks the Weather Channel when tornadoes rip...
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Brown County death trap

October 7, 2008
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Just about everyone whoâ??s taken advantage of a nice day to trek to Brown County on State Road 135 has seen a lot of motorcycles. The winding road to the tourism hot spot may indeed be picturesque. But itâ??s also dangerous. The...
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Race and the Obama vote

October 7, 2008
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Yet another poll shows the contest between John McCain and Barack Obama as too close to call in Indiana. The WISH-TV Channel 13 survey has each with 46 percent of likely voters. With margins like this, the election could...
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Reasons not to retire

October 1, 2008
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Plenty of people plan to work until at least age 67, when eligibility for full Social Security benefits kicks in, a new study shows. And itâ??s not just for the money. Many say remaining in the workplace will help them...
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Cheering up the real estate crowd

September 30, 2008
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Imagine being asked to speak to a crowd hit by the biggest downturn in its industry in decades, and motivate them to get back out there and keep selling. Or try to sell. Thatâ??s what Dan Lappin faces when he speaks...
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Bloodbath on Wall Street

September 29, 2008
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Thereâ??s no time like an election to make politicians nervous about taking a stand on a controversial issue, and this afternoonâ??s House vote on the $700 billion bailout plan is no exception. Many Republicans and some Democrats, leery about facing voters...
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  1. Choice between a democrat and a question mark? Take the question mark. We have all seen what the democrats will do.

  2. Its easy to blame workers. What about the Management of the Mill. Its not smart in business to not have a back up plan. Workers are afforded sick days in most cases. Union or not. Whether drunk partying, or a real sickness. Why would you as a businessman/woman not have a rotation of workers incase this happens. This is not an exclusive union protection. If the company can prove bad intentions on the part of any union employee. They can take action. Most CBA's have a 3 strike policy. Just like most Non-union company policies. You should read a CBA sometime. There are protections for companies too. Unions understand that businesses need to make money. If they don't, the union's member won't have a place to work.

  3. My kids play hockey on the North side and we have been very happy with the youth program. More Ice would create more opportunity for kids to pay this great sport. With 3 rinks that would also create more figure skating opportunities. What better gift to give your kids than a sport they will love!

  4. Naah, only Indy place fans were robbed of seeing Zanardi race. CART fans saw his amazing talents just about every weekend. And F1 fans saw him too. Zanardi didn't care he wasn't at Indy, neither do 99.18% of other race fans world wide. And CART fans are quite pleased of the domination of their drivers and owners have had at Indy, in the IRL, and in the current Indycar series....almost 99.18% of the time since 2000 Indy 500. I respect Zanardi, but his life goes on without Indy. Sucks to be you Capt.

  5. So let me get this right: gun permits online are fraud proof, but voting is as easy as 1-2-3.--But at least we agree that someone without a photo ID cannot be trusted with a gun.

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