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Mall parking gets pricier

Cory Schouten
September 4, 2008
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The operators of Circle Centre's parking garages have raised rates in a move designed to ensure spaces are available for shoppers and to bring in additional revenue. The new...
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IRL title sponsor "on the doorstep"

Cory Schouten
September 4, 2008
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Despite switching its telecasts from ESPN to Versus next year, Indy Racing League officials remain confident they will sign an eight-figure, multi-year title sponsorship deal by year’s end. League officials denied rumors that some...
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Sarah Palin's influence on Indiana

September 4, 2008
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Sarah Palin won rave reviews for her speech last night at the Republican National Convention, as did Barack Obama when he closed the Democratic convention last week. This morning, the Associated Press quoted Democratic Party leaders in Indiana as saying Palin...
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Col. Esserman at Start with Art

Bruce Hetrick
September 4, 2008
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Today's Start with Art luncheon at the Convention Center unofficially marks the start of the arts season in Indy. So were you there? If so, what did you think of Col Dean M. Esserman's talk? For those who weren't, Esserman--Chief of Police...
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BW3 proposes calmer look

Cory Schouten
September 3, 2008
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The back-and-forth continues between city planners and the developer of a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant along Washington Street downtown. Franchise owner Pete Watson has offered to tone down the facade a bit, offering this picture: More

Colts, Pacers join hands

Cory Schouten
September 3, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts have long been thought to be competitors. They compete with each other for fans, sponsors, public and private support for their respective playing venues among other things in...
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Pretending to like classical music?

Bruce Hetrick
September 3, 2008
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Many an inbox has found an e-mailed link to the website Stuffwhitepeoplelike.com over the last few years.  I'm mentioning it here, though, because it's most recent entry--#108 if you are keeping score--takes an open shot at classical music, claiming among other things...
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Wheldon races to Panther

Cory Schouten
September 2, 2008
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We didn't have to wait long to find out where Dan Wheldon would land. Just more than an hour after news broke that Dario Franchitti would be replacing him at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Wheldon announced he will be driving...
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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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