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Vonnegut memorial library to open this fall in Indianapolis

August 18, 2010
Associated Press
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library scheduled to open this fall in downtown Indianapolis will be part library and part museum.
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DINING: A fair amount of pork

August 14, 2010
Lou Harry
Lou's fair food review WVThis year, the Indiana State Fair is celebrating the Year of the Pig. And that means pork is the main attraction in five dishes that were selected as finalists in the fair’s Signature Food contest.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The playing's the thing at GenCon

August 14, 2010
Lou Harry
While fantasy role-playing games form the core of GenCon, the convention has a lot to offer casual game players whose comfort zone is closer to Yahtzee and Monopoly than Wizards of Warcraft.
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BENNER: You can help save the lives of young Hoosiers

August 14, 2010
Bill Benner
Feleica Locklear-Stewart’s attention. And she is on a mission to make sure we do more, not just for athletes, but for all our young.
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Museums struggle to capture foot traffic from busy Central Canal

August 14, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Summer on the Central Canal is like a beachfront boardwalk, teeming with life. People push strollers, hold hands and walk their dogs. There are boats and bikes and Segways for rent. And four museums are steps away from the water. Yet most of them capture few of the passersby.
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STYLE: A N.Y. fashion writer brings her blog back home

August 14, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
I’ve heard that there were people out there who quit their day jobs to take pictures of their outfits for a living, but I couldn’t begin to imagine a business plan that could make that lifestyle happen.
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INSIDE DISH: Fairgrounds caterer revels in year-round gig

August 13, 2010
Mason King
Bartos Watch VideopPlying fairgoers with country-fried treats is just the start for John Barto, whose firm provides food-and-beverage service for confabs across the Fairgrounds calendar.
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Eiteljorg to launch new attractions, strategy

August 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is trying to raise $4.5 million to fund a new strategy aimed at boosting attendance.
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Thousands beat it to Indianapolis for Drum Corps competition

August 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
About 30,000 people are expected to attend the Drum Corps International World Championships over the next three days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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Centaur ready to sell Pennsylvania racetrack-casino project

August 11, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Centaur LLC said Wednesday it is asking a federal bankruptcy judge to approve bidding procedures to transfer ownership of Valley View Downs.
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DINING: It's Turner's turn at revamped Canterbury eatery

August 7, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Named for hotel owner and local businessman Turner Woodard, Turner’s Restaurant maintains a cozy feel despite the decidedly upscale environment.
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HETRICK: When it comes to developing leaders, you gotta askRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Asking for donations—like any sales pitch—is often met with dead stares, lack of interest, rejection, procrastination or even anger.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Local music makes 24-hour road trip sound sweet

August 7, 2010
Lou Harry
With apologies to Willie Nelson, the truth is I could wait to get on the road again.
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Vendors unsure of benefits from more State Fair days

August 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Many say it's too early to tell whether last year's decision to extend the Indiana State Fair schedule by five days is resulting in stronger sales.
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WEB REVIEW: Two sites meet demands of meeting planners

August 6, 2010
Jim Cota
E-mail is a great communication tool. But sometimes, it simply falls flat on its face.<
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Gen Con Indy expects to draw 28,000 gaming fans

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Gen Con Indy runs Thursday through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center. It's in its 42nd year.
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Indiana Downs cancels horse races after complaints

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Shelbyville track's final race on Monday was canceled after a horse pulled up lame and was later euthanized. The track canceled its full card of Tuesday races.
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Film advocate Heartland aims to raise $12.5 million

August 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is well on its way to raising $12.5 million to use for numerous film-related projects, the group announced Monday morning during a press conference featuring director Rob Reiner.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'A Funny Thing' happening at Athenaeum

July 31, 2010
Lou Harry
In most productions of the raucous musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the lead character, Pseudolus, is a just-this-side-of desperate middle-age guy with an overactive libido who could break out in a major sweat at any moment.
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DINING: Family-owned Shebella's defies expectations

July 31, 2010
Lou Harry
I’m happy to report that the new, locally owned Shebella’s exceeds pizza buffet expectations and, with some of the items we sampled, exceeds even those of traditional pizza joints and sub shops.
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SURF THIS: Start benefiting from a social media platform

July 31, 2010
Jim Cota
Seems like almost every day a new social media platform is born. If you added them all up, you would easily be in the hundreds. Obviously, all of them are too much for all of us to pay much attention to, but there are a few you should not only know about, but participate in.
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Pennsylvania, Indiana top Nevada in gambling taxes

July 27, 2010
Associated Press
Pennsylvania's tax revenue from commercial casinos approached $1.1 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Indiana was second with $878 million and Nevada third with $831 million.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Record-breaking artist offers the vinyl word on music stars

July 24, 2010
Lou Harry
Seen from a distance, Lobyn Hamilton’s work might seem like something you’d find in a music shop—simple, faithful re-creations of familiar portraits of the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. Get a little closer, though, and the medium becomes part of the message.
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DINING: Blu lunch just pretense for dessert

July 24, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
At Blue Moon Cafe, the difficult-to-resist pastry case is right inside the front door.
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HETRICK: Hoosier thrillers should stay on the pageRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Reading Indiana crime fiction is great for vacation. Learning of true Indiana crime isn't.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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