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Wall Street woes crash Colts' value

Cory Schouten
September 16, 2008
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The crash on Wall Street yesterday reverberated right through the Indianapolis Colts’ 56th Street headquarters. How on earth are a stock market decline and the National Football League related? Here’s how. Forbes magazine last...
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The incredible shrinking diva

Bruce Hetrick
September 16, 2008
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"Traditionally, it isn't over until the fat lady sings. But it seems it will soon be over for the singing fat lady." So opens a piece in The London newspaper The Independent concerning the slimmer and fitter brand of opera...
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City, BW3 reach deal

Cory Schouten
September 15, 2008
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The owners of downtown's new BW3 and city planners have reached agreement on a new design. Changes shown in the rendering below include new lighting fixtures and removal of yellow "highlights" behind them, along with removal of black-and-white checkers on...
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Is Bloomington best Hoosier city?

September 15, 2008
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Bloomington keeps racking up the accolades. Over the weekend, a Wall Street Journal article focused on the city as a vibrant, low-cost alternative to Sun Belt locations for retirees. Congestion is low, there are two hospitals, and plenty of natural...
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Group eyes new vision for Circle

Cory Schouten
September 15, 2008
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A group of local business and civic leaders are hoping to transform Monument Circle into a grand public space in the European model, a pedestrian-friendly piazza that draws crowds year-round to...
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Despite weather, IMS rings up profit

Cory Schouten
September 15, 2008
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MotoGP’s open approach to disclosing attendance figures finally gives us a clear view on the revenue generation of an Indianapolis Motor Speedway event. IMS President Tony George and his legion of lieutenants are...
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You-review-it Monday

Bruce Hetrick
September 15, 2008
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It seemed like theater was everywhere this weekend--and I caught as much of it as I could, with visits to the Phoenix Theatre's "November," Indianapolis Civic Theatre's "Little Shop of Horrors," and Actors Theatre of Indiana's "Perfect Wedding." More on...
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Turning heads at the MotoGP

September 12, 2008
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Thousands of bikers are expected to descend on the area over the weekend for the inaugural MotoGP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The series is about as upscale as motorcycle racing gets, sort of like a two-wheeled version of Formula 1. So, if...
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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