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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. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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