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Indiana casinos want wagering, admission taxes cut

September 30, 2014
Associated Press
A legislative committee is weighing requests from Indiana casino operators to reduce the state's wagering tax rates and eliminate the $3 admission tax for everyone who enters a riverboat, even if not gambling.
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The Interview Issue: Sarah Taylor

September 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
One job of the Hoosier Lottery executive director is to make government friendly.
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The Interview Issue: Michael Feinstein

September 27, 2014
Lou Harry
Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling and perpetual PBS-special star, was a surprisingly high-profile choice for artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
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The Interview Issue: Amp Harris

September 27, 2014
Cory Schouten
Amp Harris is as well-known for the company he keeps as he is for his work over the years as a DJ, radio host and promoter of community events, including the “Saving Our Youth” Celebrity Basketball Game. Among his confidants are comedian Mike Epps and professional athletes Reggie Wayne, George Hill and Edgerrin James.
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Not your typical corporate retreat spots

September 27, 2014
Norm Heikens
You know the drill—find a place where a contingent from your organization can fall back and talk about something important. (Or unimportant.)
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Digital marketing convention leaving Indy for New York

September 25, 2014
Jared Council
Connections, the high-profile digital-marketing convention hosted in Indianapolis by ExactTarget each year since the event's founding in 2005, is moving to New York City next year, city tourism officials disclosed Thursday.
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LOPRESTI: For a letter to Coach Knight, a few possible additions

September 20, 2014
Has the IU legend changed his tune on late games? What about mending fences while there's time?
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Manager of Cultural Trail plans HQ project

September 20, 2014
Scott Olson
The not-for-profit that oversees the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program plans to shed its training wheels and renovate a former service station along the trail as its headquarters.
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Lean years loom for Capital Improvement Board

September 20, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board is headed for lean years, but it’s not for a lack of resources. The entity that oversees downtown convention and sports venues faces payment of two big debts.
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DINING: Washington Street staple rises again under new name

September 18, 2014
Lou Harry
Javier's Hacienda takes over the spot formerly occupied by El Sol. And, yes, the donkey is still there.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Actors Theatre creates a loverly ‘My Fair Lady’

September 18, 2014
Lou Harry
A good production needs to treat these familiar characters as people instead of icons and the songs as spontaneous bursts of emotional truth, not as a greatest-hits package.
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'The Voice' winner goes to Broadway's 'Pippin'

September 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis singer Josh Kaufman said Thursday he'll be taking a turn as the lead in the Tony Award-winning revival "Pippin."
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LOPRESTI: Gods of sport, our list of grievances knows no bounds

September 13, 2014
Someone has an Indianapolis voodoo doll with a pin stuck in it.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Eiteljorg show evokes many stories

September 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Annual "Quest for the West" exhibition stresses the familiar over the innovative. And that's just how collectors like it.
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DINING: Sandwich shop pleases with cheeses

September 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Thanks to a "Shark Tank" score, Tom + Chee is spreading. Thoughts on its first Indy location.
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Plaza being built near state fairgrounds coliseum

September 12, 2014
Associated Press
Crews have started building a $2 million pedestrian plaza next to the newly renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.
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Community Health buys Hilton North for redevelopment

September 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The hospital network will close the 221-room hotel along the Interstate 69 corridor by the end of the year and will begin exploring redevelopment opportunities to meet the growth of the network.
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Hilton boutique hotel slated for renovated Consolidated Building

September 10, 2014
Scott Olson
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.
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Ideal owners needed for tricky north-side properties

September 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Size and age complicate the sale of several prominent structures in Boone and Hamilton counties.
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Lopresti: Time for the main course: NFL rivalries now in season

September 6, 2014
Sink your teeth into these anticipated Colts match-ups.
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LOU'S VIEWS: New/old Lichtenstein sculpture dominates IMA front yard

September 6, 2014
Lou Harry
No question about it, "Five Brushstrokes" is bold. It's also playful and welcoming.
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DINING: In the outpost of Zionsville, a trailblazing Cowboy gets cooking

September 6, 2014
Lou Harry
While it might sound like a naughty "Blazing Saddles" villain, Salty Cowboy is actually a worthy addition to the town's dining lineup.
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Noblesville pursues cultural district designation

September 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Noblesville is positioning itself to join an elite group of Indiana Cultural Districts—a state designation officials say should boost the city’s appeal and help drive economic development.
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U.S. prosecutors from across nation meeting in Indy

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Federal prosecutors from across the country are gathering in Indianapolis to discuss ways to reduce the number of guns in the hands of criminals, among other violent crime initiatives.
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Small schools, big football expectations

August 30, 2014
Hoosier football thrives away from the spotlight. Paying visits to Franklin College, University of Indianapolis, and Wabash College.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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