This Week's Paper

SEPTEMBER 15-21, 2014
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Hamilton County leaders are working with businesses to avoid budget-busting surprises in tax revenue. Reporter Andrea Davis explains their focus on combatting tax appeals on commercial properties, especially for businesses that already have benefitted from tax incentives. Also this week, Anthony Schoettle documents an exodus of longtime sportswriters from The Indianapolis Star. And Cory Schouten has the details on a court battle over an historic home in Fall Creek Place that was demolished without authorization.

Front Page

Hamilton County communities battle tax appeals

Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville are trying to head off appeals that cause tax revenue to come in lower than expected, especially for projects within tax-increment-financing districts.

Pete the Planner uses humor, straight talk to become media sensationRestricted Content

Peter Dunn, a prolific tweeter who appears on broadcast outlets as well as in The Indianapolis Star, hopes the release of six books in January further builds his profile.

Crowdfunding site Localstake sees surge in deals

The seven-employee Indianapolis firm launched in June 2013, raising funds for two companies in its first six months. Over the following eight months, it brokered funding for eight companies and has eight in queue.

Top Stories

Indy Star loses bevy of sports veterans

The Indianapolis Star sports department in one month has lost four reporters and a columnist with a combined 123 years of experience at the paper.

Entrepreneur to offer home brewing minus the hassle

The cost, time and mess that come with brewing beer at home scares a lot of beer connoisseurs, but a Greenwood health care executive thinks he has the answer.

State expands program excusing some workplaces from surprise inspections

Cited for lax enforcement in the past, Indiana’s workplace safety agency wants to recruit more companies into an honor-system program that takes them off the list for surprise inspections.

IU to provide business classes tailored to NFL players

The National Football League Players Association this month launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Unauthorized demolition of historic home sparks lawsuit

Indiana Landmarks is going to court over the unauthorized demolition of a historic home in Fall Creek Place that likely was built in the 1890s.

Legislators to reconsider aid for struggling casinos

Indiana legislators were lukewarm to assistance for casinos in 2013, but two years of declining revenue and new leadership on the issue could change their minds.

Local pair wages battle against Manhattan financierRestricted Content

Jonathan Evans and Sean O’Connor of the Carmel investment firm JWEST LLC are trying to win election to the board of Rand Logistics, which they believe is being mismanaged by Chairman Laurence Levy.

Focus

Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduationRestricted Content

Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.

A&E, etc.

LOU'S VIEWS: Eiteljorg show evokes many stories

Annual "Quest for the West" exhibition stresses the familiar over the innovative. And that's just how collectors like it.

DINING: Sandwich shop pleases with cheeses

Thanks to a "Shark Tank" score, Tom + Chee is spreading. Thoughts on its first Indy location.

LOPRESTI: Gods of sport, our list of grievances knows no bounds

Someone has an Indianapolis voodoo doll with a pin stuck in it.

Opinion

MAURER: Roll up your sleeves for Indy Do DayRestricted Content

Service event is as good for you and your customers as for the causes you will help.

RUSTHOVEN: No dispute about civil illiteracyRestricted Content

My friend and Taking Issues counterpart Sheila Kennedy and I disagree on many things. But Kennedy, who heads Indiana University’s Center for Civic Literacy, is dead right about the woeful ignorance among Americans about our history and governmental system.

CONTERNO: Attack diabetes epidemic togetherRestricted Content

The numbers tell an urgent story: Diabetes is a global epidemic that strikes close to home.

KIM: Worlds of sports, finance continue to collideRestricted Content

Instead of assembling a pretend roster for your fantasy football league, how would you like to actually own a piece of Andrew Luck or your favorite player?

HICKS: Focus on shrinking the federal governmentRestricted Content

Small-government sentiment runs strong in Indiana, and we can be pleased with the resulting low taxes, thoughtful regulatory environment and greater personal freedom. Still, I think much of the small-government movement in Indiana targets the wrong problems.

Think long term for Asherwood’s futureRestricted Content

IBJ’s [Sept. 8] report on the for-sale listing of the Simon family’s 106-acre estate, Asherwood, in Carmel presents a great opportunity for a new owner to reforest the 18-hole golf course.

Kennedy criticized wrong interest groupRestricted Content

Sheila Kennedy again shows her liberal bias in her [Sept. 8] commentary on civics. She complains about the lack of knowledge of “we the people” about our government and our electoral processes, but decides to tie it to political contributions.

In Brief

Hilton boutique hotel slated for renovated Consolidated Building

Plans call for a 102-room Home2 Suites by Hilton to be built in what’s known as the annex of the Consolidated Building, at the rear of the vacant, 15-story structure on North Pennsylvania Street.

Financial services firm to hire up to 153 in Castleton

Chicago-based Cortland Capital Market Services, which has $40 billion in assets under administration, has begun hiring for a variety of financial positions. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has agreed to provide Cortland up to $1.8 million in tax credits.

Hardware association investing $4M to move downtown

The Indianapolis-based North American Retail Hardware Association bought a building on North Delaware Street downtown and will move its headquarters there following an extensive renovation.

Former WIBC news anchor Simpson lands new gig

Canned by WIBC in June, Steve Simpson will leave the Indianapolis market to anchor the morning news for Minneapolis' top news-talk station.

PROXY CORNER: Biglari HoldingsRestricted Content

San Antonio-based Biglari Holdings Inc. is a San Antonio-based holding company that owns Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake and Roanoke, Va.-based Western Sizzlin and invests in a diverse range of businesses.

People

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Records

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