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BENNER: Let Big Ten grow, but keep NCAA tournament as isRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Bill Benner
The concept of more being better could be coming to a couple of institutions we know well.
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Indiana Arts Commission delays changes

March 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Arts Commission on Friday morning accepted a staff recommendation to alter its regional partnership program, but will delay action until next month.
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Impending budget cuts prompt arts funding turf war

March 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The staff of the Indiana Arts Commission is proposing to revamp a regional partnership system that it enacted 13 years ago as a way to fund the arts in all 92 counties of the state.
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Future of Big Ten tourneys in city unclear after 2012

March 11, 2010
Scott Olson
The Big Ten men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held in Indianapolis the next two years, but the conference's future in the city is uncertain after 2012.
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Children's Museum planning $4.2 million exhibit

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is teaming with National Geographic on a permanent exhibit, "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth," intended to provide immersive learning in archeological excavation.
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Hoosier Park owner seeks to reorganize $680M in debt

March 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Centaur LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, plans to sell its Colorado casino. Much of its debt was incurred to upgrade Hoosier Park in Anderson and add its slots parlor.
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Hoosier Park owner Centaur files for bankruptcy protection

March 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based Centaur LLC, owner of Hoosier Park horse track and casino in Anderson, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on Sunday. The company's casino, racing and hotel operations will continue without interruption, it said.
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DINING: With a bit of pluck, wing chain takes first Indy outpost

March 6, 2010
Lou Harry
Second in our month-long series of reviews of animal-named eateries. This week: Buffalo Wings and Rings.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Bill T. Jones' company dances through history at IU

March 6, 2010
Lou Harry
A few weeks back, I wrote about the two collections of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia on display at the Indiana State Museum. Over the past week, two additional encounters with Abe reminded me that there is no shortage of material to be mined from the life of the 16th president.
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HETRICK: Like natural disasters, aftershocks of grief lingerRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Five years ago this week, I took figurative bullets to the head and heart. My personal Richter scale was shaken more violently than by any tremor ever measured on any anthill, or Port-au-Prince or Concepción.
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BENNER: Erskine shows us why he's a Hoosier gem -- twiceRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Bill Benner
Carl Erskine isn't just from Anderson, Indiana. He is Anderson, Indiana.
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Convention center tours part of larger tourism strategy

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Executives of Gen Con, one of the city's largest conventions, visited Indianapolis last week to get their first glance of the construction of the Indiana Convention Center expansion. Local tourism officials are using such tours to market the larger space.
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SURF THIS: Think your family is awkward? Check this out.

February 27, 2010
Jim Cota
Sharing this guilty pleasure makes me feel a little … well, grimy.
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Indianapolis International Airport's art collection grows

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The new work was delayed by 16 months because the artist's New Orleans home and studio were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
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DINING: Mane attraction added to Fountain Square fare

February 27, 2010
Lou Harry
Fish and chips are, of course, a staple at new pub.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Thinking magically at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

February 27, 2010
Lou Harry
“It will happen to you.” That’s what Joan Didion tells us right up front in “The Year of Magical Thinking,” the one-woman play based on her memoir of the same name.
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BENNER: Ticket sales are key to keeping Big Ten gamesRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Bill Benner
What's happen off court at the Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments could be as interesting as what happens on.
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Comedy club reopening under new ownership

February 24, 2010
Scott Olson
New local owners of Morty's Comedy Joint on East 96th Street plan to open the club on March 4. It has been closed since early January.
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DINING: Northside Social lives up to its name

February 20, 2010
Lou Harry
Last in our month-long series of reviews of College Avenue eateries. This week: The Northside Social.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Bard dances, the ISO swings, and more

February 20, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, I empty the notebook with thoughts on Indiana Ballet Com.'s "From Shakespeare with Love," the ISO Pops concert with Tony DeSare, Beef & Boards' "Footloose" and Indianapolis Civic Theatre's "My Fair Lady."
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HETRICK: Why it's so hard to be a legislative voice of reasonRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
After Sen. Evan Bayh's bombshell announcement, I'm even less likely to ever run for office.
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BENNER: Down-to-earth athletes elevate Winter OlympicsRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Even with all its problems, I can't get enough of the Vancouver games.
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Indianapolis officials used Super Bowl to prep for 2012

February 20, 2010
Associated Press
Nearly four dozen host committee members and Indianapolis officials attended the game. The entourage will apply what they learned to the 2012 event.
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Cultural Trail snags $20.5 million stimulus boost

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
The funds will be used for construction on the remaining 4.5 miles of the $62.5 million project, officials announced Wednesday.
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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

February 13, 2010
Associated Press
Issue likely to land in House, Senate conference committee.
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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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