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The big day is here

May 6, 2008
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Weâ??ve experienced, or maybe endured, one of most intense campaign seasons in memory here in Indiana. Perhaps you were one of the people who pollsters and news organization kept saying would turn this primary election, the undecideds. If you voted in the...
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Ex-food chief: Crops for fuel is OK

May 5, 2008
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In his five years as executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Jim Morris saw global hunger from an uncomfortably close vantage point. So, one might expect him to criticize the idea of turning corn and soybeans into alternative...
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Starbucks, piercings and Band-Aids

May 1, 2008
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Some local Starbucks workers are looking like they tangle with cats. Theyâ??ve taken to putting bandages over piercings to meet the letter of Starbucksâ?? dress code, which minimizes the number of earrings and other piercings visible to customers. Band-Aids beat the hassle...
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Boone incomes edging Hamilton

April 30, 2008
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Hamilton County is where the wealth is, followed by Boone County, right? Not necessarily, anymore. The average person in Boone County now makes more money than the average person next door in Hamilton County. In an upcoming column in IBJ, Morton Marcus, who...
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Rejecting Obama's home state?

April 28, 2008
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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown suggested over the weekend that Barack Obama might fare better with Indiana voters if Obama werenâ??t from Illinois. Indiana folks think of Illinois â??as the land of hoods and thugs,â?? Brown said. Illinois people...
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The sum of IU and Purdue

April 25, 2008
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It wasnâ??t so long ago that the thought of Indiana and Purdue universitiesâ?? doing anything of consequence together was a nonstarter. Then they began working on economic development together, and later life science projects. But the person who dreamed up Indianaâ??s first...
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The next Fortune 500 companies

April 23, 2008
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Conseco has dropped off the Fortune 500, leaving WellPoint, Lilly, Cummins and NiSource as the only Indiana companies remaining. Several Indiana firms are closing in on the elite list, though. One is Steel Dynamics, the Fort Wayne company that recycles scrap metal....

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Charging employees to smoke

April 22, 2008
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Whirlpool is struggling with its employees in Evansville as it tries to keep a lid on escalating health care costs. The company says it has caught a few dozen of them smoking. That wouldnâ??t be a problem had the...
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The merits of earthquake coverage

April 18, 2008
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Everyone has a story to tell today about this morningâ??s earthquake, which came from West Salem, Ill., and measured 5.4 on the Richter scale. People were awakened. Things moved. This quake was a piker compared to the devastation the...
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Is Lechleiter the fall guy?

April 17, 2008
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CALPERS, the big pension fund, doesnâ??t want Eli Lilly and Co.â??s new CEO, John Lechleiter, to be voted onto the board at Lillyâ??s annual meeting on Monday. Lechleiter was a high-level player within Lilly in recent years while the...
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Debating the toll road lease

April 16, 2008
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As expected, Jim Schellinger and Jill Long Thompson are making Gov. Mitch Danielsâ?? lease of the Indiana Toll Road an issue in their campaign for the Democratic nomination to face him in November. Both Democratic candidates have said they oppose his...
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Will Delta, NW merger help you?

April 15, 2008
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Analysts say the Delta-Northwest merger is good for the companies and the profit-starved industry. That means ticket prices probably will climb. Both airlines serve Indianapolis. What do you think the merger will mean for local travelers?...
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Is Obama an 'elitist?'

April 14, 2008
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Barack Obamaâ??s poll numbers are in freefall in Pennsylvania following his comments about â??bitterâ?? small-town folks turning to guns and religion to cope with losing manufacturing jobs. A poll in that state conducted late last week and Sunday� shows him down 20...
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Misery all around with gas prices

April 14, 2008
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Rising gas prices keeps making news. Independent truckers complain that expensive diesel fuel could force them out of business. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association says gas prices and economic uncertainty are hurting sales. RV sales were off nearly 10 percent...
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Thompson's plan for poor counties

April 10, 2008
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One piece of Jill Long Thompsonâ??s economic development platform calls for the stateâ??s offering greater incentives in counties with lower incomes and other measures of well-being. Under her tier system, the less affluent the county, the greater the incentives available to...
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Will Fresh & Easy make it here?

April 10, 2008
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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the grocery chain owned by U.K.-based retailing giant Tesco, has put the brakes on the U.S. invasion it launched on the West Coast last year, but still claims it has designs on plastering the U.S....
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Comparing Chris White, Hilbert

April 8, 2008
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Reaction to retail developer Chris Whiteâ??s downfall is sounding a lot like when Steve Hilbert was forced out of Conseco Inc. eight years ago. Hilbert made himself the talk of the town by taking tens of millions of dollars in salary...
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Odd behavior at Old National

April 8, 2008
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Lots of big news is swirling in banking circles these days, including what might become of financially challenged National City Bank. But a small piece of unusual news that unfolded yesterday is generating about as much talk locally. Old National...
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Is IDEM trying to do too much?

April 7, 2008
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Environmental groups are charging that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is putting a higher priority on jobs and economic development than its fundamental mission of protecting human health and the environment. The Post-Tribune in Merrillville reported over the weekend that...
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Trucks and broken windshields

April 4, 2008
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Who among us hasnâ??t followed a truck only to watch a rock zing off our windshield. Then you notice a sign on the back of the truck saying the likes of â??Stay back 500 feet. Not responsible for broken windshields.â?? The...
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About that other airline

April 4, 2008
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As postmortems fly on ATAâ??s second, and final, nosedive into bankruptcy, another Indianapolis airline is doing a lot better and getting hardly any attention. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. isnâ??t a household name because it quietly flies regional routes on...
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Would you miss ATA?

April 3, 2008
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Barring a small miracle, ATA Airlines is dead, now that itâ??s lost a major military contract. The carrier was headquartered in Indianapolis until it moved to the Atlanta area late last year. How big a blow would ATAâ??s demise be...
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Where are you from?

April 2, 2008
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The terms we use to describe local geography are changing. â??Central Indianaâ?? is cropping up more often for television stations, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and other organizations that extend well outside of Indianapolis. The term can sweep in as much as...
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Judge this elevator speech

April 1, 2008
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Results are in for Purdue Universityâ??s second annual Elevator Pitch Competition, and a transcript of the winning pitch for the graduate-level division is below. Bob Caswell spit this out in less than two minutes, less time than the ride to the...
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Full circle on panhandlers

March 31, 2008
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Does the political party of Indianapolis mayors influence how they deal with panhandlers, or is it just coincidence? Steve Goldsmith, a Republican, used the police to crack down on panhandlers, pushing many of them out of downtown. In his eight years, Bart...
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