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LOU'S VIEWS: Caving in to 'Caveman' spear pressure

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry

I’ve been avoiding “Defending the Caveman” since the early 1990s, when Rob Becker’s one-man show still featured Rob Becker playing Rob Becker.

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At Perfect North, there's no business like snow business

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry

“The first year, we had about 700 visitors,” said Chip Perfect. “That’s a typical Saturday for us now.”

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DINING: The bowl and the beautiful

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry
For many eateries, soup is an afterthought. But not for Soupremacy, where it's the main event.
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Committee pushes gambling discussion to summer

January 30, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
A Senate bill that would give the state's riverboat casinos tax breaks and authorize table gambling in racinos was sent to a summer study committee Wednesday.
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Fairgrounds Coliseum project ahead of schedule

January 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Fair officials are expecting to open the renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum in April, three months ahead of schedule.
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LOPRESTI: Unrelenting work ethic fuels Carmel girls' dynasty

January 25, 2014
Hanna House, teammates hit pool and close in on all-time record in American high school sports.
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DINING: Time marches on at recently revamped Tick Tock Lounge

January 25, 2014
Lou Harry
Last in a month-long series of theme-less restaurant reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Sound scenic decisions highlight deafness drama 'Tribes'

January 25, 2014
Lou Harry
The most powerful moment, for me, in the acclaimed play at the Phoenix may have been accidental. And it happened when an actor got in my way.
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New concert venue proposed for GM plant site

January 25, 2014
Scott Olson
A concert venue rivaling the size of Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville has emerged as the favorite in a bid to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown.
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Conner Prairie draws record crowds, ramps up programming

January 23, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Conner Prairie isn’t just for summer—or kids—anymore. The Hamilton County interactive museum on Wednesday announced plans to ramp up year-round programming, including more events geared to adults.
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Proposal to allow alcohol sales at fair still on tap

January 22, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
People on both sides of the issue, including those on the State Fair Commission, Indiana alcohol producers, and those opposed to the change, discussed a tentative plan Wednesday for how the state fair could sell its first alcoholic beverages since the 1940s.
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Councilor gives panhandling proposal more time

January 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The sponsor of a panhandling ordinance plans to pull it from City-County Council consideration for a second time Tuesday night. Councilor Jeff Miller said he'll reintroduce it in February with easier-to-understand language.
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Tourism officials kept mum on NRA convention for years

January 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Visit Indy officials finalized a deal in 2010 to bring the National Rifle Association's annual convention here in 2014. They say the NRA asked them not to publicize the event. The group disagrees.
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Indiana casino taxes falling faster than anticipated

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's three casinos near Cincinnati have seen big declines since a downtown casino opened in the Ohio city last March.
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Trial set to start over burned Brown County music hall

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
A trial is set to start this week for the former manager of a central Indiana concert hall on charges he set the fire that destroyed it more than four years ago.
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LOPRESTI: 2013 Horseshoe memories give way to anticipationRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Surveying the season and wondering what will be first: Indy in the Super Bowl or the Super Bowl in Indy.
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COTA: Resolution-boosting apps help New Year self-help prospects

January 18, 2014
Jim Cota
The good news: We’re living in a world where there are amazing tools available to help guide your way. Here are a few of my favorites:
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DINING: Spicing up City Market

January 18, 2014
Lou Harry
Spice Box Indy, one of the city's better food trucks, sets up shop at City Market. Third in a month-long series of theme-less restaurant reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: GershWin-Win as DK doubles up on classic American music

January 18, 2014
Lou Harry
In “American Rhapsody”, Dance Kaleidoscope paired a new take on “An American in Paris” with a revival of his 2006 “Rhapsody.”
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Harsh weather at New York's Super Bowl could hurt Indy's 2018 bid chancesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The game Feb. 2 and the week-long run-up to it will be fresh in the minds of the 32 NFL owners when they gather for their annual meeting in Atlanta in May to hear 2018 Super Bowl bid presentations from Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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Proposal calls for alcohol sales during Indiana State Fair

January 14, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
The Indiana State Fair is only one of two state fairs that prohibit the sale of alcohol. Senate Bill 168, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would change that.
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HETRICK: After storm, plowing through a pseudo-libertarian snow job

January 11, 2014
Bruce Hetrick
"I am capable of deciding for myself what and where and when I can come and go," said a Facebook friend. But when does liberty get in the way of public safety?
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LOPRESTI: Colts-Chiefs playoff game joins classic-comeback peersRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Veterans of other memorable games welcome a new 'one for the ages' to their ranks.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Funky furniture, slamming doors and more

January 11, 2014
Lou Harry
This week, I empty the notebook with thoughts on the IMA's contemporary galleries, a furniture show at the State Museum, a Beef &Boards farce and an ambitious new CD.
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DINING: Sideman BeBop Pizza worthy of headliner The Jazz Kitchen

January 11, 2014
Lou Harry
What might be a secret to some is that the city's leading jazz club shares its kitchen with a pizza joint. Second in a month-long series of theme-free restaurant reviews.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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