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(Un)believable App Store reviews

September 8, 2009
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Apple's problems with anonymous comments at its App Store revives an old debate.
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Chrysler sticks it to Kokomo

August 21, 2009
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Officials in Kokomo and Howard County are in a tough spot. The “new” Chrysler created after its bankruptcy sale to Fiat contends it‘s no longer on the hook for $12.9 million it owes various local taxing bodies this year and $12.3 million it will owe next year.

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Bank-branch boom skirts inner city

August 17, 2009
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Itâ??s no secret banks are tossing up branches left and right. IBJ reported last month that banks consider branches as billboards to lure new customers, even while bank transactions move online. A new Associated Press analysis shows...
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Hoosier state as a laboratory

July 9, 2009
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You know California is in bad shape when The Economist compares it with Texas and wonders which is best. An opinion piece in its upcoming issue verges on placing them on a virtually even plane. California still has the best...
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Alleys of devastation

July 2, 2009
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Plenty of stories have been published and aired in recent days about migration...
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Swine flu overblown?

May 12, 2009
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Swine flu dominated the news a couple of weeks ago as the virus spread out of Mexico and ultimately to more than 30 countries. Indiana now has 22 cases. However, once it became apparent the flu wouldnâ??t turn into a full-blown...
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Lessons from a small bank

May 4, 2009
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Sometimes one extreme sheds light on another extreme, and in a day when the nationâ??s financial system is under the microscope for making all manner of rotten loans, the experience of tiny Kentland Federal Savings & Loan Association might be...
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Tax commuters for marketing?

February 24, 2009
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How do you feel about taxing commuters to supplement promotion of the cityâ??s convention industry? The idea was floated in an article by IBJ reporter Anthony Schoettle about the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association asking for more money...
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Ideal places for public companies

February 13, 2009
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Just as an Indiana company goes through the nationâ??s first initial public offering in months, its executives ratchet up their plans to move the headquarters out of state. Mead Johnson, the Evansville baby formula maker, staged a successful IPO...
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The future for diesel cars

January 19, 2009
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A number of car companies have introduced, or plan to introduce, clean-diesel engines to cater to buyers wanting better fuel efficiency. Diesels from Volkswagen and other manufacturers boost mileage by about a third, but much of that advantage in the past...
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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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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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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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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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Is Bloomington best Hoosier city?

September 15, 2008
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Bloomington keeps racking up the accolades. Over the weekend, a Wall Street Journal article focused on the city as a vibrant, low-cost alternative to Sun Belt locations for retirees. Congestion is low, there are two hospitals, and plenty of natural...
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Anderson gets a 50-foot rabbit

August 7, 2008
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Nestle has gotten the green light from the city of Anderson to build a 50-foot-tall rabbit near the companyâ??s new Nesquik plant along I-69. The steel and fiberglass rabbit will look like the smiling cartoon logo thatâ??s been on...
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Paddlefish caviar goes toxic

July 11, 2008
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Commercial fishing outfits are taking tons of caviar from paddlefish in the Ohio River because severe restrictions on fishing for Russian sturgeon in the Caspian Sea have depleted the supply of the eggs. But thereâ??s a problem: Indiana along with...
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Is Bloomington anti-business?

July 7, 2008
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Bloomington has a reputation as one of the toughest places in the state to do business. Its regulations are thickets, its bureaucrats nit-pickers, its public officials aloof. At least thatâ??s how many businesspeople view the city. The latest controversy pits...
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Michigan's pain, Indiana's gain

July 2, 2008
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Detroit keeps turning out bad news, what with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler losing market share and Volkswagenâ??s announcement last fall that it would abandon the city and move its U.S. headquarters to Virginia. Now Volkswagen is days away from unveiling...
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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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Chelsea Clinton's response

March 26, 2008
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Chelsea Clinton has been widely praised for her response to a question at Butler University yesterday about how Monica Lewinsky might have affected her motherâ??s candidacy for president. â??I donâ??t think that is any of your business,â?? Chelsea Clinton shot back. The...
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What ails Brown County?

March 25, 2008
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What Hoosier hasnâ??t been to Brown County for the fall colors, to shop in Nashville or tromp on the trails at Brown County State Park? Yet, as IBJ correspondent Jonathan Hiskes reported in this weekendâ??s edition, prosperity is coming harder and...
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Hysteria or playing it safe?

March 17, 2008
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Lots of people laughed last week at the Fort Wayne law firm that called police about a suspicious gift bag it received. The suspicious package had come from a man who was being sued by a client of the...
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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