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Raw milk controversy foams again

March 29, 2010
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Want to start a fight? Don’t say “health care reform.” Try “raw milk."
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Weighing Google's China decision

March 26, 2010
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Ethical conundrums rarely present themselves in black-and-white. But Google gets high marks from a couple of Hoosier academics who say the company made the right choice to leave China.
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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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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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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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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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Gun bills on fast track

February 11, 2010
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Want to leave a gun in your car at work? Your employer's policy may become irrelevant.
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Thoughts on the Tebow ad

February 1, 2010
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From the perspective of return on investment, the Super Bowl ad might be considered a failure.
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Vetting your sweetheart

January 27, 2010
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With Valentine's Day approaching, a Purdue prof calls for sober due diligence before engagement rings find their way onto fingers.
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Two recipes to improve Indy

January 26, 2010
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City father and Indiana Pacers chief Jim Morris says Indianapolis will rise or fall depending on how well the city nurtures children and connects with the world. So, how are we doing?
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'Black' rifles in the woods

January 12, 2010
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Hunters are adopting rifles that look jarringly similar to versions soldiers carry in Afghanistan.
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Immigration redux at the Statehouse

January 11, 2010
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Are Republicans shooting themselves in the foot with another bill targeting illegals?
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Lights out (crime up?) in Muncie

December 11, 2009
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Muncie plans to turn out most of its street lights to keep from going broke. But what about the social consequences?
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Mad about work? Let it out

November 24, 2009
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If you're angry about unfair treatment at work, and don't let it out, you're much more likely to have a heart attack, a new study shows.
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Afraid to die

October 19, 2009
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Fear of death may be causing Americans to expect too much from our medical system when it comes to prolonging the lives of the old and infirm.
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Why Indy seems slow to ban smoking

October 6, 2009
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If Indianapolis is considered a model on fronts ranging from downtown revitalization to fiscal responsibility, why is it so late to ban smoking? George Geib, who has been observing Indianapolis as a Butler University historian for 45 years, thinks the reluctance can be traced to immigration patterns.
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Surprise: Moms not opting out of jobs

October 1, 2009
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Census researchers have debunked the common perception that rising numbers of the most accomplished mothers in the work place are opting out for full-time family life.
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The impact of divorce on business

September 25, 2009
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Researchers have long known that divorce affects work place performance, but a human resource professional has learned that a gentle response results in loyalty and happy customers.
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Neurosis and dying: Now you know

August 19, 2009
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Believe it or not, until Purdue University psychologist Daniel Mroczek tackled the question, no one had delved into why people who freak out easily die earlier than mellow folks. Experts have long known that stressed, neurotic folks kick the bucket earlier....
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Suing your insurance company

June 29, 2009
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Another unfortunate outgrowth of our litigious society is the increasing tendency of insurers and policyholders to settle claims in court. Cummins is tussling with several insurance companies to try to recover damages from a flood a year ago that inundated some...
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Weâ??re saving money again

June 26, 2009
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Americans have suddenly gotten serious again about saving money. In April last year, we saved absolutely nothing; by May this year the rate had shot to nearly 7 percent, the highest in more than a decade, and some economists...
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Race in the corner office

May 8, 2009
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Just when one hopes racial stereotypes are in retreat, along comes another study suggesting otherwise. Now weâ??re told that black CEOs with â??baby facesâ?? fare better than black CEOs with more "mature"-looking faces when it comes to results at...
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The â??fleeting expletivesâ?? decision

April 28, 2009
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This morning, the Supreme Court said in another of its 5-4 decisions that the federal government has authority to regulate occasional instances of profanity on broadcast television and radio, called â??fleeting expletives.â?? But the high court also ordered a...
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Food, children and bars

March 3, 2009
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More bars in the state are allowing minors â?? people under age 21 â?? with the proviso that parents are there, too. State law also stipulates a barrier separating bars and family dining areas. Supporters of the trend say...
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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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