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Elementary smarts

June 24, 2009
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Tony Bennett, the stateâ??s new education chief, has said children who canâ??t read or write before reaching middle school years are all but doomed to struggle through the rest of their academic careers. So, IBJ reporter J.K. Wall notes...
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Housing gridlock

June 23, 2009
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Itâ??s old news that houses arenâ??t selling. But did you realize the situation is so bad that migration around the country has all but stopped? Thatâ??s what Ball State University economist Mike Hicks and a colleague at the Mackinaw Center for...
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Smart phones and meetings

June 22, 2009
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The days of only the powerful few getting by with tapping their Blackberries during meetings are long gone. When was the last time you were in a gathering where more people seemed interested in the topic or the speaker...
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Merits, demerits of adjunct profs

June 19, 2009
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Ivy Tech Community College canâ??t hire adjunct faculty fast enough to teach its ballooning number of students. The system is scouring locales where its campuses are located for people with masterâ??s degrees who could teach part time: The going...
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Innovation drought?

June 8, 2009
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Beneath Americaâ??s financial woes lies a lack of innovation, a recent BusinessWeek article argues. A paucity of breakthrough products could have triggered the nationâ??s borrowing binge and ultimately the financial meltdown, it says. Hereâ??s the logic: A decade ago,...
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Reining in bouncers

June 5, 2009
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Thereâ??s nothing like a menacing bouncer to keep the peace at some nightclubs. Now, though, cities weary of bouncers causing more havoc than calm â?? think beatings and assaults â?? are forcing them to get licenses. San Diego...
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Goldsmithâ??s latest venture

June 4, 2009
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Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith, never one to let grass grow under his feet, has started a not-for-profit with one-time presidential candidate Howard Dean to promote Goldsmithâ??s pet cause of public-private partnerships. The Council of Project Finance Advisors aims...
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An outsider cautions Indianapolis

June 3, 2009
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Before you hear Ed Morrisonâ??s warning for Indianapolis, itâ??s helpful to know the Cleveland-area resident is a fan. Morrison, who was hired by Purdue University a couple of years ago to help Hoosiers think of new ways of solving problems, believes...
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Bargaining away the reserve

June 2, 2009
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In his five-minute address last night, Mitch Daniels referred to other statesâ?? fiscal woes no fewer than four times. Daniels, who is so fiscally conservative that one wonders whether he darns his own socks, is rightfully proud that his state hasnâ??t...
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Downsides to city sponsorships

May 29, 2009
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As the city of Indianapolis continues to explore selling sponsorships to help bridge a yawning budget gap, some interesting ideas are turning up. As IBJ writer Riya V. Anandwala reports, proposals include sponsoring abandoned lots, underwriting the salting of city...
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GM's looming bankruptcy

May 29, 2009
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So, three decades of decline has come to this for General Motors: a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition expected to be filed Monday. Lots of problems contributed to its downfall, but now the carmaker faces an extremely steep climb. The bankruptcy...
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Happy, unhappy teachers

May 28, 2009
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Teachers in private schools are happier â?? much happier â?? than their public school counterparts, according to a new study by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. The Indianapolis foundation, created by one of the 20th Centuryâ??s most influential...
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The recession hits churches

May 26, 2009
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Churches, which tend to ride out recessions better than many other institutions, are struggling to finish building projects, reporter Kathleen McLaughlin writes in this weekendâ??s IBJ. The recession and stock market downturn have forced parishioners to scale back commitments,...
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Stressed college grads

May 19, 2009
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A new poll shows college grads are worried about finding jobs â?? no surprise there, considering the sorry state of the economy. But the poll, taken by Edison Media Research, also shows a third of them fretting about their...
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Health care, Mayo Clinic style

May 18, 2009
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Mention Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Clarian Health in the same breath, and you have a front-page story, which is just what reporter J.K. Wall wrote in this weekâ??s IBJ. Clarian is moving ahead with plans to mimic the...
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Bye-bye, billable hour?

May 15, 2009
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A staple of professional services, the billable hour, is beginning to erode. Law firms increasingly are being asked to shoot a set price for a specific service, and now the movement is spreading to advertising, as Coca-Cola announced...
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Report: Life sciences rocks

May 13, 2009
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Indiana University handed the stateâ??s life sciences industry a nice love letter today in the form of a study. Pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and health care supplies were responsible for nearly a fourth of all jobs created in the state...
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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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Scott Sanders on the recession

May 11, 2009
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One of Indianaâ??s better-known living authors, Scott Russell Sanders, has spent most of his career writing about our relationship to the environment and our sense of place. Sanders newest book, â??A Conservationist Manifesto,â?? published last month by Indiana University...
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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 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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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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Fodder for special session

May 1, 2009
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Charitably speaking, not much got done in the legislative session that ended Wednesday. Now Gov. Daniels plans to call a special session to force passage of a budget, the only bodyâ??s only legal requirement. Should anything else be put on the...
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Return of the gas-guzzler?

April 29, 2009
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Americans are gravitating toward the kinds of vehicles theyâ??ll be buying for the next several years, says one of the nationâ??s leading automotive forecasters. John Wolkonowicz, senior auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, says the dominant vehicle of the future will...
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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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  1. why oh why does this state continue to elect these people....do you wonder how much was graft out of the 3.8 billion?

  2. i too think this is a great idea. I think the vision and need is there as well. But also agree with Wendy that there may be better location in our city to fulfill this vision and help grow the sports of hockey and figure skating in Indy. Also to help further develop other parts of the city that seem often forgotten. Any of the other 6 townships out side of the three northernmost could benefit greatly from a facility and a vision like this. For a vision that sounds philanthropic, the location is appears more about the money. Would really like to see it elsewhere, but still wish the development the best of luck, as we can always use more ice in the city. As for the Ice growth when they return, if schedules can be coordinated with the Fuel, what could be better than to have high level hockey available to go see every weekend of the season? Good luck with the development and the return of the Ice.

  3. How many parking spaces do they have at Ironworks? Will residents have reserved spaces or will they have to troll for a space among the people that are there at Ruth Chris & Sangiovese?

  4. You do not get speeding ticket first time you speed and this is not first time Mr.Page has speed. One act should not define a man and this one act won't. He got off with a slap on the wrist. I agree with judge no person was injured by his actions. The state was robbed of money by paying too much rent for a building and that money could have been used for social services. The Page family maybe "generous" with their money but for most part all of it is dirty money that he obtained for sources that are not on the upright. Page is the kind of lawyer that gives lawyers a bad name. He paid off this judge like he has many other tine and walked away. Does he still have his license. I believe so. Hire him to get you confiscated drug money back. He will. It will cost you.

  5. I remain amazed at the level of expertise of the average Internet Television Executive. Obviously they have all the answers and know the business inside and out.

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