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Coming to work sick

February 10, 2009
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Now that smokers are mostly banished to the outdoors, thereâ??s a new work place pariah â?? those who show up coughing, sneezing and otherwise obviously sick. In the not-so-recent past, failing to make it to work while under the weather could be...
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Indiana's Miss America

January 26, 2009
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For the first time in the 88 years of the Miss America pageant, the winner is from Indiana. Katie Stam, a University of Indianapolis communications major, hails from Seymour. Stam, 22, plans to emphasize community service as a goodwill ambassador for...
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Smoking ban back on the table

November 19, 2008
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Smoking in public places is in retreat across the country, and now Charlie Brown, the state representative from Gary, wants to ban it in bars, casinos and other enclosed places in Indiana. Brown plans to introduce a bill during...
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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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Secrecy and animal testing

November 10, 2008
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One of the most secretive companies in town has made its first public announcement in a long time. Harlan Sprague Dawley, which is best known for supplying custom-designed laboratory rats for research, has reorganized its various units under a...
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Rich, poor growing apart

October 21, 2008
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A new report says the gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider, and that the gap is biggest in the United States. The problem, of course, isnâ??t new. Broadly speaking, the greater oneâ??s education and skills,...
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Race and the Obama vote

October 7, 2008
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Yet another poll shows the contest between John McCain and Barack Obama as too close to call in Indiana. The WISH-TV Channel 13 survey has each with 46 percent of likely voters. With margins like this, the election could...
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Gun sales are booming

September 29, 2008
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The ongoing crime wave in Indianapolis has resulted in a surge in gun sales, WXIN-TV Channel 59 reports. With each big crime comes another spurt in purchases. Indianapolis police say applications for first-time permits in July were up 15 percent...
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Burial in a 'green' cemetery

September 24, 2008
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A funeral director is planning a â??greenâ?? cemetery west of Bloomington, where plots will be identified by small field stones tied to global-positioning coordinates rather than by traditional headstones. Nathan Butlerâ??s Evergreen Forest Cemetery will look more like a natural landscape...
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Indy a diamond in the rough

September 8, 2008
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Just about every young, college-educated Midwesterner has given up hope and moved to the South or West, right? A story that appeared in IBJ over the weekend suggests otherwise. The Indianapolis area leads nearly all other large Midwestern cities...
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Ball State tosses IU a grenade

August 4, 2008
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Three Ball State University economists have gone public in recent weeks with their distaste for corporate social responsibility as it’s practiced these days. Philip Coelho and James McClure argued in a letter to the editor in The Herald-Times of Bloomington that...
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Friedman's influence on Indy

July 30, 2008
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As fans of the late Milton Friedman gather at the Conrad Hotel tomorrow night to celebrate the libertarian economist, theyâ??ll have plenty to crow about. Ironically, though, Friedmanâ??s ideas about turning education over to market forces have failed to gain much...
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Time for animal-rights legislation?

July 28, 2008
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California voters are being asked this fall to vote on an initiative that would do away with tiny cages for egg-laying hens and other staples of corporate agriculture. The rights bill for farm animals is the most sweeping in...
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Updating disabilities regulations

July 25, 2008
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Eighteen years have passed since the Americans with Disabilities Act opened doors for people who hadnâ??t been able to participate in much of American society â?? and brought a corresponding flood of construction costs and lawsuits. Now the Justice Department is...
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Fist-bumping the handshake

July 22, 2008
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The handshake â?? a meet-and-greet fixture since medieval folks developed the gesture to show they werenâ??t armed â?? is beginning to be replaced in some circumstances by the fist bump. Lightly tapping fists has been a staple of athletes...
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IUPUI apologizes to janitor

July 14, 2008
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How did we get to the point where someone can be accused of racial harassment for reading a scholarly book about the Ku Klux Klan â?? a book in which the good guys, Notre Dame students, whip the bad guys,...
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Prostitution and Nuvo

July 3, 2008
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Yesterday's story of an Indianapolis police officer and his wife being accused of running a prostitution ring took an interesting turn this morning when Nuvo issued a release denying any connection to the alleged wrong-doing. Lori Vernon-Lee has advertised in Nuvo for...
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Impressions of settling lawsuits

July 1, 2008
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Eli Lilly and Co. settled its racial discrimination lawsuit yesterday for $64,000, ending a claim by an employee who alleged the company fired her because she was disfigured through exposure to a blood pathogen. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...
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Do ads make you feel better?

June 23, 2008
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Weâ??re increasingly bombarded with ads for health care products ranging from drugs for osteoporosis and restless leg syndrome to knee replacements. Zimmer went over the heads of doctors when it advertised its knee replacements designed specifically for women, and...
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Raise the cigarette tax again?

June 5, 2008
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Health advocates beamed with a â??told-you-soâ?? response this week when state officials announced that cigarette sales dropped dramatically after taxes were raised last July. Sales fell nearly 18 percent, apparently a direct result of boosting the tax 44 cents to a...
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Charging employees to smoke

April 22, 2008
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Whirlpool is struggling with its employees in Evansville as it tries to keep a lid on escalating health care costs. The company says it has caught a few dozen of them smoking. That wouldnâ??t be a problem had the...
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Full circle on panhandlers

March 31, 2008
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Does the political party of Indianapolis mayors influence how they deal with panhandlers, or is it just coincidence? Steve Goldsmith, a Republican, used the police to crack down on panhandlers, pushing many of them out of downtown. In his eight years, Bart...
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Moving to the country

March 10, 2008
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More of us Hoosiers are moving to unincorporated areas and other places beyond city and town limits. In fact, the pace of growth for unincorporated areas was significantly faster between 2000 and 2006 than for cities and towns, the Indiana...
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Did court split the baby?

February 29, 2008
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If your friend or relative is hurt in a car accident, but you werenâ??t involved in the accident, is an insurance company obligated to pay you damages for emotional distress? Until this week, the answer was yes. The Indiana Supreme Court More

Buckley and Hoosier conservatism

February 27, 2008
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William F. Buckley, who died yesterday at age 82, was an intellectual lion who played a key role in pushing conservatism to national prominence, and he left tracks in Indiana along the way.More

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