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BASILE: Visiting Vegas (while steering clear of the tempting slots)

December 28, 2013
Frank Basile
A beyond-high end car dealership? A mobster museum? On a recent trip to Sin City, I experienced another side of Vegas.
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LOPRESTI: New Year’s Eve brings real break from past at Butler

December 28, 2013
This won’t be your garden variety New Year’s Eve. The ball drops at 7:30 p.m., not midnight, and it’ll be orange. This Auld Lang Syne comes with 3-pointers.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lou Harry's year-end A&E bests

December 28, 2013
Lou Harry
The Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis all get props in IBJ art critic Lou Harry's recap of 2013.
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New Heartland prez wants to add staff, national sponsors

December 24, 2013
There are big things in the wings for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, which this month elevated COO Stuart Lowry from supporting player to headliner. Coming attractions include new sponsor deals, expanded programming and, potentially, a bigger staff.
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Ball State-birthed big-top musical graduates to big time

December 23, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Circus in Winter," which began its theatrical life as a student project, is headed for an East Coast theater considered a stepping stone to Broadway.
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LOPRESTI: Visions of home-court advantage dance in our heads

December 21, 2013
It will be like Christmas in Spring if the Pacers get an Eastern Conference Finals rematch with Heat.
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HETRICK: After 50 years of silence, a wish list for St. Nicholas

December 21, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
You might not remember me. Last time I wrote, I probably requested a Johnny Seven O.M.A., a “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” gun set or a Monkees album.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Hefty books weigh in on Columbus and Crown Hill

December 21, 2013
Lou Harry
Reinforced coffee-table legs might be required if you are giving these impressive Indiana-focused books
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DINING: Carmel adds Mex to Main Street mix

December 21, 2013
Lou Harry
Review of Agave Bar & Grill. Fourth in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we hadn’t previously reviewed.
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Tourism makes up state’s sixth largest industry, study says

December 18, 2013
Jacie Shoaf, The Statehouse File
The industry maintains nearly 140,000 jobs and contributes $10 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses, according to a new report.
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Indiana history group to auction valuable Audubon collections

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Historical Society says it plans to auction complete sets of valuable works by John James Audubon in April to raise money to benefit its mission. The sets are expected to raise millions of dollars.
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Dermody might be General Assembly wild card

December 14, 2013
Adam Van Osdol / Special to IBJ
New chairman of the House Committee on Public Policy could raise eyebrows in dealing with 'vice' issues.
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LOPRESTI: I’m Lucas Oil Stadium, and I’d like your support

December 14, 2013
A stadium makes its case as USA Today prepares to choose the nation's best.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Holiday Xtremes via ISO and NoExit

December 14, 2013
Lou Harry
Holiday offerings range from the pious to the perverse. A review, of sorts, of "Yuletide Celebration" with Sandi Patty and a twisted "Nutcracker"
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DINING: One lunch in Bangkok (OK, two)

December 14, 2013
Lou Harry
Reviewing Bangkok Restaurant and Jazz Bar. Third in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we hadn’t previously covered.
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Symphony reports first budget surplus in 6 years

December 9, 2013
Dan Human
A big boost in donations and hefty cutbacks pushed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual budget into the black for the first time since 2007.
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SCHOETTLE: Watching Manning is painful whether he succeeds or failsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Win or lose, it's not easy to watch No. 18 play for the Broncos.
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DINING: Getting sauced at Speedway's Barbecue and Bourbon

December 7, 2013
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we hadn’t previously reviewed.
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HETRICK: You can’t achieve velocity with one foot on the brake

December 7, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
People want not only to visit downtown, but also to live there. But if we are not regarded for livability, how can Indianapolis thrive?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Farce the herald angels sing

December 7, 2013
Lou Harry
Holiday spirit, solid acting, and a great Christmas song, populate this year's installment of "A Very Phoenix Xmas."
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Indiana lawmakers unlikely to consider casino aid

December 6, 2013
Associated Press
A key state legislator doesn't expect the General Assembly will be taking any action on changing Indiana's casino laws during its upcoming session.
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Skjodt donates $2M to Herron's art-therapy program

December 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The gift will endow a chair in the program, which is based at IUPUI and was developed with cooperation from the Indiana University School of Medicine. The two-year, full-time residential program is the only one of its kind in Indiana.
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Big Ten football championship sells out, packs downtown hotels

December 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The battle on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State, plus ESPN broadcasts and special events downtown, are expected to have a $15 million economic impact on Indy. That's a vast improvement over the 2012 championship.
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ADRAGNA: Resurgent Pacers define fan phrase ‘built, not bought’

November 30, 2013
As Pacers followers know, this team, unlike Miami, was built from the ground up.
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LOU'S VIEWS: No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show

November 30, 2013
Lou Harry
No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show. Thoughts on the exhibit that focuses on beasts that once roamed Indiana.
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  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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