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The future of anger management?

May 5, 2009
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A prediction by a military historian in a recent issue of Foreign Policy has something for everyone, including people interested in companies right here in Indiana. Writing in a special section about the future, Martin van Creveld notes that...
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Measuring your performance

April 24, 2009
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From the beginning of time, engineering and the hard sciences have been held to account by laws of nature because results of faulty reasoning are obvious. Heavy airplanes wonâ??t leave the ground, patients given the wrong drug die. In recent decades...
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Indy's best leaders

March 2, 2009
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Conseco has seen a string of leaders since the company began to stumble and co-founder Steve Hilbert stepped down nearly nine years ago. The insurer still doesnâ??t have its footing, saying today its auditors arenâ??t convinced it can More

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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WellPoint brass and rank-and-file

January 16, 2009
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WellPoint unwittingly made an interesting point this morning when it announced it expects to save $24 million by laying off 600 workers. Those 600 workers in affect are being valued at about half the $47.5 million in total compensation...
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Dungy, Bayh and Obama

January 14, 2009
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Evan Bayh is pitching Tony Dungy to Barack Obama as a czar to promote â??responsible fatherhoodâ?? and Obama likes the idea, Bayh says. Dungy, who is retiring as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, has made fatherhood a centerpiece...
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Utility of WARN notices

December 11, 2008
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In times like these, what do you think of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, commonly called the WARN Act or WARN notices? The federal law was passed in 1988 to give employees 60 daysâ?? notice of an impending layoff,...
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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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Headhunter: Market not so bad

October 31, 2008
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A corporate recruiter says employers in Indianapolis arenâ??t acting like their counterparts elsewhere in the country, if headlines are to be believed. The employment market here has stayed fairly resilient, says Steve Mattei, a partner in Pinnacle Partners Inc. Pinnacle specializes in...
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Is your job secure?

October 22, 2008
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Waves of layoffs are going to hit the country as banks tighten lending and companies cut costs, BusinessWeek predicted in an article this week. Unlike the dot-com and housing busts of recent years, this time just about every industry...
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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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Reasons not to retire

October 1, 2008
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Plenty of people plan to work until at least age 67, when eligibility for full Social Security benefits kicks in, a new study shows. And itâ??s not just for the money. Many say remaining in the workplace will help them...
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Union tensions loom in Congress

September 22, 2008
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If the Employee Free Choice Act sounds unfamiliar, you arenâ??t alone. The proposed legislation is getting little coverage this election cycle. But the measure could emerge as a flashpoint in the next Congress as business and labor groups battle for power. Business...
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Following the heart to a 'real job'

September 17, 2008
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Just what is a 'real job?' Most college students define the term in light of Adam Smithâ??s capitalism â?? high pay, having an office and so on, says Purdue University communications professor Robin Patric Clair. Clair, who recently wrote a book called...
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Scandal singes MBA entry exam

September 11, 2008
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Not everyone who takes the Graduate Management Admission Test, which is required to get into business graduate programs, is honest. The organization that publishes the test, the Graduate Management Admission Council, disclosed yesterday that it has tossed scores of 84...
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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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Is college for everyone?

August 15, 2008
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Parents and teachers for more than a generation have steered students toward college and white-collar work, and few states need the graduates more than Indiana, which has one of the lowest levels of college attainment in the country. Lost in the...
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Back to school in hard times

August 12, 2008
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Colleges and universities tend to see enrollment boom when the economy goes south, and this down cycle appears to be little different. Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis all have announced in recent weeks that enrollments...
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Do you demand a 401(k)?

August 11, 2008
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Corporations are boosting 401(k) plans even as they abandon traditional pension plans. Workers are getting automatic enrollment, more investment options and greater contributions from employers. Employees want 401(k)s, and theyâ??re good for business, companies say. In fact, companies without 401(k)s...
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When to blow the whistle

August 6, 2008
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Whistleblowers are learning the hard way that they wonâ??t necessarily get their jobs back by exposing problems. The latest such case involved a former banker who saw his case rejected by an appeals court. The court ruled that his...
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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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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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Match your wits with an Indian child

July 8, 2008
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Bob Compton has taken a few arrows in the back since he began screening the film he funded, â??2 Million Minutes,â?? last fall. Compton, who was a venture capitalist at CID Equity Partners before striking out on his own to bankroll...
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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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Good news on a Friday

May 9, 2008
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Manufacturing seems to churn out about as many lay-off headlines as cars these days, but plenty of good news about the sector is buried in a recent Ball State University study. Indiana manufacturing workers are accomplishing far more work than peers...
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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