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Mini Marathon plagued by same problem as IndyCar Series

May 9, 2011
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Bringing in some top American running talent, like the charismatic Ryan Hall, could make the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon a much bigger spectator event.
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John Force for mayor?

August 25, 2010
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NHRA drag race champion said local city, county and state officials have helped his operation expand in Indiana, while California officials have chased his business off. He said he loves it here so much, he may run for office.
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2012 Super Bowl, tainted or not, already paying off big

August 11, 2010
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There's one main reason Indianapolis was chosen by the Big Ten to host its inaugural football championship game over a handful of other cities that were clamoring to host the event.
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CIB, Pacers dancing toward a new Fieldhouse lease deal

May 11, 2010
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Newly released economic impact study gives city officials hammer they need to pound out a deal, and hopefully win some taxpayers' support.
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Butler's march could cost city businesses $7.5 million

March 29, 2010
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Butler's triumph has likely eliminated some of the direct visitor spending the city would have seen if Syracuse or Kansas State would have made it to Indy for this year's Final Four. But corporate excitement could wipe away that loss.
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Questions remain about Big Ten tournament's future in Indy

March 16, 2010
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Despite a 20 percent attendance increase at this year's men's Big Ten tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse, there are still cities looking to steal the event from Indianapolis.
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Colts fans howling over bar manager's barbs

January 15, 2010
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Colts fans threatening boycott after Howl at the Moon manager invites Ravens fans to come party in Indianapolis. Blue Crew thinks invite was laced with insults to Indy.
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Still no lease deal done for 2010 Final Four

January 6, 2010
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With less than three months until March Madness tips off, the NCAA and city's Capital Improvement Board are still trying to work out a lease deal to hold the event at Lucas Oil Stadium April 3 and 5. The CIB's overhaul is slowing talks, but the board's new president promises to get the issue on the front burner.
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Whiskey is flowing at baseball winter meetings

December 10, 2009
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There's more than free shots of whiskey at the annual winter baseball meetings held this week at the Indiana Convention Center. There's a song and dance man wearing nerd glasses and another who does amazing things with a saw and sander.
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Drag racer John Force driven by Dunkin Donuts

October 1, 2009
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John Force is pleased to be growing his Brownsburg facility. He said central Indiana has everything a National Hot Rod Association team could want. But nothing makes him happier than the new Dunkin Donuts there.
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Temperature remains issue in LOS

August 26, 2009
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Two Indianapolis Colts pre-season games in the August heat have done little to cool down the questions surrounding climate control at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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World Cup could be windfall for Indy

August 21, 2009
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Eleven sites were cut from consideration for the United States' 2018 and 2022 World Cup Soccer bid, but Lucas Oil Stadium is still in the hunt.
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Watson boosts Crooked Stick event

July 20, 2009
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Tom Watson’s near British Open Victory yesterday has sent ticket sales skyward for the U.S. Senior Open hosted by Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel July 27-Aug. 2. Watson will be one of the headliners of...
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Natatorium future looking brighter

July 9, 2009
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The large crowds and deafening roar at the Natatorium this week, the world record and of course the presence of Michael Phelps almost makes you forget the downtown swim facility needs work—millions of...
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Velodrome event rolls out of Indy

June 18, 2009
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An 11th hour deal to keep this year’s USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships at the Major Taylor Velodrome has fallen flat, and the event has been moved to Colorado Springs. The track championships were...
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LOS makes World Cup cut

June 16, 2009
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Lucas Oil Stadium has made the short list for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. Well, the one-year-old retractable-roof stadium actually made a shortened list. The list this week of possible...
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Handmade bike show rides away

May 14, 2009
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North American Handmade Bicycle Show, we barely knew ya. After one year in Indianapolis, the unique event—which drew 150 exhibitors and 7,200 attendees to Indianapolis Feb. 27-March 1—is vacating for Richmond, Va. The...
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Velodrome future in limbo

May 11, 2009
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While the Marian College cycling team has been off hunting national championships in Colorado, school officials’ plan to manage the Major Taylor Velodrome has not yet won support from Indy Parks. Marian College officials...
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LOS may score World Cup windfall

April 24, 2009
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Indianapolis is in the running to host Word Cup soccer games in 2018 and 2022. It’s a long, long way from a done deal, but two things are certain. First, Indianapolis...
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NFL schedule not kind to Lucas Oil

April 17, 2009
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At first glance the Indianapolis Colts schedule looks pretty good for all concerned. Forrest Lucas, founder of the oil company that put its name on the Colts one-year-old stadium, called the team’s 2009...
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CIB solution is simple, a bit scary

April 14, 2009
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It may seem absurd. No, scratch that, it does seem absurd. But there’s a simple solution to solve the Capital Improvement Board’s $47 million budget shortfall. Legalized sports gambling. That proposal won’t see the...
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Senator hits nerve in CIB debate

April 3, 2009
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In the quintessential exchange at yesterday’s Senate committee hearing about a potential solution to the Capital Improvement Board’s revenue shortfall, Sen. Lindel Hume, D-Princeton, asked Indiana Pacers Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson about...
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Hoop dream: Big economic impact

March 26, 2009
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Today starts a big four-day weekend for Indianapolis. Given the sports-business strategy this city is built on and the soft economy, this weekend dotted with NCAA and high school state championship basketball events...
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NCAA tourney results kind to Indy

March 23, 2009
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One of the biggest winners in the first two rounds of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament: Downtown Indianapolis restaurants, hotels and other local businesses, not to mention those counting on event revenue to...
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Buckeye success scores for Indy

March 13, 2009
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Now that IU is out of the Big Ten basketball tournament, local organizers and tourism officials have to hope that Ohio State can make a run. A successful run by Purdue probably wouldn't hurt either, but history has shown that...
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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