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What to do when a pit bull attacks

March 24, 2010
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If the next incident involves you, good luck. But pepper spray for grizzly bears might help.
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The state of the American Dream

March 23, 2010
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A well-known pollster finds Americans are losing optimism about improving their lots. Are your odds better if you live in Indianapolis?
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Business plans run dry for angel network

March 19, 2010
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Halo Capital Group cancels regular meeting for lack of deals to peruse.
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What's next for guns at work

March 19, 2010
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Beginning July 1, employees will be able to bring guns to work. A labor lawyer says employers will need to get creative.
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IU: State still poised for growth

March 18, 2010
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Indiana University forecasters are sticking with their prediction of sustainable economic growth kicking into gear this summer.
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'Dirty' coal getting reprieve on Wall Street

March 17, 2010
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Despite the flurry of clean-energy advancements, coal stocks are shooting up. That could give Indiana a better shot at keeping electricity cheap.
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Would health reform spark exodus of best, brightest?

March 15, 2010
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Guaranteed availability of health insurance might prompt top employees to leave businesses and other organizations.
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What universities can learn from a steel mill

March 12, 2010
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Steel Dynamics is highly competitive partly because employees are compensated on how much money they save. Should Purdue and other universities take notice?
 
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Why Indiana stocks are lagging

March 10, 2010
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Hoosier companies aren’t faring as badly as a key index suggests.
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Gonzo BMW riders

March 9, 2010
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The biker who nearly ran you into the ditch just might be your friendly investment banker.
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The local impact of gendercide

March 8, 2010
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Baby girls are being aborted at higher and higher rates around the world. Does that affect how you do business in countries where this form of gendercide is prevalent?
 
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Angry at Indiana politicians

March 5, 2010
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An observer says Hoosiers are really honked at incumbents. Except for Daniels.
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Local government reform still sputtering

March 4, 2010
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The second legislative session since the Kernan-Shepard report on local government reform is about to end. Joe Kernan and Randall Shepard can still say, “We’ve got to stop governing like this.”
 
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Center Township revival in the offing?

March 3, 2010
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Finally, a perceptible population spurt. One observer thinks the future is bright.
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Tag readers come to real estate

March 2, 2010
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Soon, you’ll be able to point your smart phone at a code in an advertisement or yard sign, and take a virtual tour of a house.
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A Daniels presidential strategy

February 26, 2010
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Attorney, lobbyist and long-time Republican fundraiser John Hammond thinks Daniels should go to cognoscenti before early states and tea parties.
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Perils of non-family managers

February 25, 2010
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A former Toyota exec blasts non-family managers for the company’s problems. Are some Indianapolis-area companies better- or worse-off after families relinquished control?
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Normalcy returning to manufacturing plants

February 24, 2010
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Front-line employees who dodged the layoffs and closings are working long weeks again. Is hiring next?
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Accident-prone lawyers

February 23, 2010
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The people who wreck cars most often are not pizza delivery drivers, but lawyers. Are they racking up billable hours on cell phones?
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Pondering an Evan Bayh redux

February 22, 2010
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Some observers think Bayh will run for governor again to springboard to the presidency. But to stand out to national, and possibly even Hoosier, voters, he might be forced outside his cautious comfort zone.
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Global warming = more snow?

February 19, 2010
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A meteorologist says we can expect a string of cold, snowy winters, thanks to more moisture in the atmosphere.
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Cultural Trail pork?

February 18, 2010
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The finished trail will be great. But the federal government is on a trajectory toward fiscal oblivion.
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Contorting bank regulators

February 17, 2010
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A long-time bank observer says regulators are twisting into pretzels to avoid taking over Indiana institutions.
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Go west (to Hendricks County)

February 16, 2010
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The economy is as good or better in Hendricks County than anywhere else in the Indianapolis area.
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Puzzling over why Evan Bayh waited until the last minute to retire

February 15, 2010
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Bayh might have been sly as a fox by waiting to the last minute to announce he's leaving the Senate.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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