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Scrub named 400 grand marshall

July 16, 2008
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Actor John C. McGinley, best known for his role as the sarcastic Dr. Perry Cox on the long-running network comedy “Scrubs,” was announced today as the grand marshal for the Allstate 400 at...
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Sarah Fisher back on track

July 16, 2008
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Sarah Fisher Racing officials today announced they signed a deal with Dollar General Stores that will put Fisher on the track for races in Kentucky Aug. 7 and Chicago Sept. 7. Though Fisher wouldn’t...
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Peyton Manning is Colts' sales MVP

July 15, 2008
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Despite the hype surrounding Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, it's still easy to underestimate—or simply forget about—the impact this one player has on the team. That impact goes beyond winning on the field. The...
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Report: Swarbrick headed to ND

July 15, 2008
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It looks like Indiana University can scratch one of the candidates for its soon-to-be-vacant athletic director position off the list. Late yesterday, word began to spread that Indianapolis attorney Jack Swarbrick is a candidate for the Notre Dame athletic director position....
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Tracks fight for spot on IRL slate

July 14, 2008
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There will be a flurry of off-track activity in the next two weeks as the Indy Racing League finalizes its 2009 schedule. Series officials are expected to sit down with several track operators in the next few days to discuss...
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Has George doomed open wheel?

July 11, 2008
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Officials for the Indy Racing League are pretty pleased with the way the first half of the season has gone. Last week at Watkins Glen, they announced yet another new series sponsor, Izod. Earlier this year, IRL officials inked deals...
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Could Manning abandon Colts?

July 10, 2008
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The Brett Favre saga in Green Bay had the guys on ESPN Radio yesterday morning discussing the possibility of the all-pro quarterback playing for another team next season if he comes out of...
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IRL draws record crowd at The Glen

July 9, 2008
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The Indy Racing League race July 6 at Watkins Glen drew a 1.0 overnight TV rating, meaning 1 million households nationwide tuned in, according to Nielsen Media. That is the same rating as last year. This year’s race aired on...
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Stewart cut teeth on DQ deal

July 9, 2008
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Two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been granted a release from the final year of his driving contract with Joe Gibbs Racing after 10 seasons with the team. On Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway,...
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Brandon Rush wants to mirror Miller

July 8, 2008
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Attention all real estate agents. The city’s soon-to-be newest millionaire is looking for a house. Brandon Rush said he expects to sign a contract to play for the Indiana Pacers tomorrow and will be...
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Big Ten, Pac-10 challenge overdue?

July 7, 2008
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The idea of an annual Big Ten vs. Pac-10 college football showdown in a series of games—sources within each conference said—is long overdue. But until now the idea has never been put on the...
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Gordon selling humble pie in L.A.

July 3, 2008
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Indiana guard Eric Gordon took his show—which could easily be titled Midwest Manners and Sensibility—on the road to L.A. yesterday. And while Gordon came across a bit timid, most of the crowd loved him. Gordon...
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Danica, Dixon nominated for ESPYs

July 2, 2008
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Indy Racing League drivers Danica Patrick and Scott Dixon have been nominated for ESPY awards to be presented July 20 on ESPN. Patrick, the Andretti Green Racing driver who is fifth in the standings...
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Indians continue attendance tear

July 2, 2008
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The Indianapolis Indians’ July 4 home game against the Louisville Bats—the Cincinnati Reds farm team—is  sold out. A limited number of standing-room-only tickets will be made available at game time. Victory Field has a...
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Hill's NBA success boosts IUPUI

July 1, 2008
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Despite George Hill’s departure for the National Basketball Association, IUPUI men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter said the program is far from dead. When Hill left—despite having one year of eligibility remaining—many hoops experts predicted...
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Greenspan gets golden parachute

June 30, 2008
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Another departure at Indiana University, another golden parachute. IU released information today revealing that athletic director Rick Greenspan will get a $441,600 severance package upon his departure and retains the right to write...
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Audi, BMW, others interested in IRL

June 30, 2008
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Unification of open-wheel racing is causing quite a stir among engine manufacturers. At a June 25 meeting held by the Indy Racing League, more than 10 engine builders showed up to hear about...
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Is next IU AD obvious choice?

June 27, 2008
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Now that Rick Greenspan has announced his resignation, it’s time to start speculating on who the next Indiana University athletic director will be. As a news reporter, I try hard not to interject...
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Draft picks could draw boos, cheers

June 26, 2008
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With the NBA draft just a few hours away, the rumors are running rampant. Speculators have any number of players going to the Indiana Pacers. Some of the projected selections are sure to have fans at tonight’s draft party at...
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Likely no shoe deal for Pacers pick

June 26, 2008
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If IU’s Eric Gordon doesn’t get drafted by the L.A. Clippers at No. 7, he might find himself standing at the counter of The Finish Line buying shoes like everyone else. Well, it probably...
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Racers' beloved helmets heisted

June 25, 2008
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Indy Racing League and one of its partners are offering a bounty to help corral scofflaws who stole several priceless items that series drivers want back. Sinden Racing Service, the locally based company that manages the IRL's Indy Fan Zone, is...
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IRL TV coverage causes static

June 24, 2008
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The June 22 Indy Racing League race at Iowa earned a 1.2 overnight TV rating, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Co., meaning about 1.2 million households nationwide tuned in to watch the...
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O'Neal deal: Shot in arm or foot?

June 24, 2008
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If the Indiana Pacers pull the trigger on a deal to send Jermaine O’Neal to Toronto for guard T.J. Ford, center Rasho Nesterovic and possibly the No. 17 pick in this year’s NBA draft, several NBA insiders think they’d be...
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Charlie Daniels to play at Brickyard

June 23, 2008
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Country music legends The Charlie Daniels Band will perform July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race. Sony BMG Nashville recording artist Craig Morgan will serve as opening act for...
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Indians pack the house

June 23, 2008
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The Indianapolis Indians had a big weekend. The Indians won two out of three from Rochester but all three games were monetary winners for the AAA minor league baseball franchise. Mostly blue skies along...
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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