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Pacers paint the town

October 29, 2008
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In a unique marketing campaign, the Indiana Pacers are asking fans to paint the town for the home opener Nov. 1 against the Boston Celtics. The team even went so far as to send out...
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Glass uses humor during IU intro

October 28, 2008
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Indianapolis attorney Fred Glass demonstrated a keen sense of humor during a press conference held this morning to introduce him as the next Indiana University athletic director. Given the expected sanctions on the...
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IU's AD short list down to three

October 27, 2008
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The 13-person search committee charged with finding candidates for Indiana University’s soon-to-be vacated athletic director position has paired its short list down to three candidates, according to two sources within IU’s athletic department. Indianapolis...
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Tony George ripped in Australia

October 27, 2008
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The honeymoon in Australia between the Indy Racing League and locals ended almost before it began. The day after local newspapers published huge sections featuring the IRL race and drivers, local stories came...
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Titans turn Polian's policy on Colts

October 24, 2008
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The Tennessee Titans are willing to pay what the Indianapolis Colts would not for three players, and now hope to use the trio against the AFC South rival Colts when the teams square...
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Aussies petition IRL to stay

October 24, 2008
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The Indy Racing League is being greeted with much fanfare in Australia this week, but it remains doubtful the open-wheel series will return to race at Surfer’s Paradise next year. The first two days...
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Crean goes off court with recruiting

October 23, 2008
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IU basketball coach Tom Crean is turning out to be quite a recruiter. And I’m not talking about basketball. Crean, who has already been named to the committee responsible for finding a short...
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Titans take aim at Manning

October 23, 2008
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On the day FatHead officials announced a deal that would make safety Bob Sanders the fourth Indianapolis Colts player the focus of one of their life-sized wall stickers, Tennesse Titans heas coach Jeff...
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IU AD search: Who's on first?

October 22, 2008
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Where Indiana University is with its search for a new athletic director is anyone’s guess. IU officials are better—much better—at misdirection plays than its beleaguered football team. Yesterday, IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre told the...
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Pacers host historic concert

October 22, 2008
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To celebrate the beginning of their 10th season at Conseco Fieldhouse, the Indiana Pacers will host the first outdoor concert in the venue’s history before the team’s home opener Nov. 1. A free, 75-minute...
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Candid conversation with Dungy

October 21, 2008
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Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy likes Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. That’s just one of the interesting nuggets from this morning’s IBJ Power Breakfast featuring Coach Dungy. The coach stopped short of saying...
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Marty's party over in IRL

October 21, 2008
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It’s official, kind of. Marty’s party in the Indy Racing League is over. Sources have told IBJ that IRL officials have asked driver and team owner Marty Roth (through intermediaries) to explore other options...
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IU eyeing Oregon State AD

October 20, 2008
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Indiana University may have a shorter list than expected for its soon-to-be-open athletic director position. The Oregonian is reporting that Oregon State University athletic director Bob De Carolis could be offered the job...
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IRL title sponsor hunt loses power

October 17, 2008
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The Indy Racing League’s drive for a title sponsor has hit the wall. “The economy is having a huge impact,” said Zak Brown, president of Just Marketing International, the local firm the IRL hired...
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Pre-season is fan base indicator

October 16, 2008
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For those who say the pre-season means nothing, I disagree. It’s a good indicator of a team’s fan base. While I didn’t expect the Indiana Pacers to draw hordes of fans for its...
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Paul Newman's legacy helping kids

October 15, 2008
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In the coming years, Graham Rahal can expect more than a few thank you cards from critically ill youngsters. The 19-year-old Indy Racing League driver raised $40,900 for Flying Horse Farms with the...
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Lucas: Stadium worth the cost

October 15, 2008
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There have been a fair number of complaints about the new home of the Indianapolis Colts since its opening in August, from the temperature inside the stadium to traffic flow in concourses and...
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Pacers give away free gasoline

October 14, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers—in conjunction with sponsor Kia Motors—today are giving away free gasoline. You heard that right. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Pacers players will be at gas stations at 7751 S. Meridian St. in Greenwood, 11544 Allisonville Rd. in...
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Son of ex-Pacer chronicles change

October 14, 2008
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Game of Change, a documentary directed by Jerald Harkness, will be featured at the 2008 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, beginning Oct. 18. Harkness, who is the son of Jerry Harkness, a two-time...
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Colts fans sweating it out

October 13, 2008
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Lucas Oil Stadium yesterday afternoon was too hot to handle for some Indianapolis Colts fans—and even players. And I’m not talking about the action on the field. While the Colts were getting their first...
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Denver wants cash to take Tinsley

October 10, 2008
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While the Indiana Pacers today have reportedly traded Shawne Williams to the Dallas Mavericks for two second round picks and $1.8 million in cash, a deal to trade emabattled guard Jamal Tinsley to...
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Colts goods flying off shelves

October 10, 2008
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While the economic swoon is crunching professional sports teams the way Dwight Freeney smashes quarterbacks, it hasn’t yet put a dent in Indianapolis Colts merchandise sales. With a new team-owned retail store opened...
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New Versus boss revving up IRL

October 9, 2008
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The new president of Philadelphia-based cable channel Versus said he is not out to mimic ESPN. That might be good news for many Indy Racing League fans who complained bitterly about ESPN’s coverage...
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Brand, Manning have influence

October 8, 2008
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Mirror mirror on the wall … who’s the most influential of them all? Business Week attempts to answer that question in this week’s issue with an in-depth look at the 100 most influential people...
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Paul Newman, Danica make news

October 7, 2008
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The helmet that Graham Rahal wore during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is up for auction on the online auction site eBay. This one-of-a-kind helmet was designed as a tribute to Paul...
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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