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Plethora of candidates likely for symphony postRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's messy split with Mario Venzago is not expected to hamstring its search for a new music director.

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EDITORIAL: Partisan games plague councilRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The City-County Council wisely averted disaster for the Capital Improvement Board Aug. 10 by voting to raise the city’s hotel tax from 9 percent to 10 percent, but the razor-thin vote was another disappointing case of elected officials making decisions based on partisanship rather than good judgment.
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BENNER: Time will prove the wisdom of building stadiumRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Bill Benner
A year ago, we opened Lucas Oil Stadium. We've been arguing about it ever since.
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BENNER: No 'new era' for Colts as long as Manning's hereRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Bill Benner
Coach Caldwell knows that his success rides on No. 18’s taking the snaps.
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HICKS: Indiana State Fair offers fun kind of economic stimulus

August 10, 2009
Mike Hicks
The Indiana State Fair is a great treat, but there’s a lot more to it than the food and fun. In 2008, more than 859,000 folks visited the fair. According to our estimates, spending at the fair last year led to more than $63 million in total economic activity.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Leguizamo tries out Indy

August 10, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, a film and theater star uses Indianapolis as a test market, Shakespeare holds a rain-soaked mob, and a somber ISO plows through a Beatles afternoon.
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DINING: Iaria's name may provide jokes, but Italian classics satisfy

August 10, 2009
Lou Harry
Iaria’s Italian Restaurant has been around since 1933, but that’s no reason to feel guilty about making fun of its name. Go on, chuckle about how it’s only a slightly better name than “Isintary.” You are forgiven.
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HETRICK: A health insurance beneficiary pleads for reformRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
As a hearing-impaired, migraine-suffering, diabetic cancer survivor who's also the father of a cancer survivor and the widower of a cancer victim, I've experienced more than my fair share of American health care.
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Brownsburg car detailer lands link to upcoming movie

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Mike Shumaker's Brownsburg firm Driven Auto Detail spiffed up a Porsche for the upcoming movie "Whistleblower," starring Matt Damon.
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Corn dogs, elephant ears and spas ... at the fair

August 7, 2009
Kim Puckett
The Indiana State Fair brings to mind images of deep fried foods and carnival rides, but fair-goers sometimes buy big ticket items—like hot tub spas.
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Lawmakers cut state tourism office's budget in halfRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Scott Olson
Destinations throughout Indiana no longer can count on a state marketing campaign to help drive summer crowds. Lawmakers who passed a budget during the special session at the end of June sliced the state’s annual contribution to the Indiana Office of Tourism Management in half—from $4.8 million to $2.4 million.
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Small town, budget hotels hold own in difficult economyRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
While the local hotel industry is being rocked by the current economy, budget hotels and those in the small towns surrounding Indianapolis are actually seeing gains. Properties affected by the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and Big Ten Tournament are among the losers.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In 'Smoke on the Mountain,' Sanders family shines

August 3, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, more smoke on the same mountain at Beef & Boards and time going slowly at the Phoenix.
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DINING: I Love Sushi feeds raw fish ardor

August 3, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When we chose our review theme for August—The “I”s Have It—I jumped at the chance to try I Love Sushi.
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SURF THIS: Been avoiding Twitter? Time to reconsider

August 3, 2009
Jim Cota
"Do you tweet?" The answer for you (and your business) needs to be, “Yes, I do.”
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Arts festivals feel financial pinchRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Art-show organizers are getting creative to keep their events alive as they struggle to attract sponsors and participating artists.
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BENNER: NCAA move keeps paying dividends for IndianaRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Bill Benner
Ten years ago this week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association opened the doors to its new headquarters in White River State Park.
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ISO struck tentative Venzago deal before ouster

July 31, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mario Venzago had reached an agreement in principle on a new contract before the deal recently unraveled, an official with the musicians' union said this morning.
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UPDATE: Symphony seeks maestro with local presence

July 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new maestro, and CEO Simon Crookall said he wants Mario Venzago's replacement to have more of a local presence.
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BREAKING: Venzago out as symphony maestro

July 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new maestro. CEO Simon Crookall announced to the symphony staff this afternoon that Music Director Mario Venzago would not return for the 2009-10 season.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Thrill parks offer rides of our lives

July 27, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, three of my fellow IBJ scribes join me in picking our favorite area amusement park rides
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BENNER: French Lick could become wealthy golfers' paradiseRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Bill Benner
On the eve of the U.S. Senior Open Golf Championship that will be played at Carmel’s Crooked Stick Golf Club, designer Pete Dye’s first great masterpiece, I was fortunate to be invited to play his latest creation and maybe one of his greatest.
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DINING: The Eiteljorg cafe where soup is always on

July 27, 2009
Lou Harry
If all outdoor dining were as comfortable and stress-free as Sky City Cafe's, maybe I'd do it more often.
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HETRICK: Visiting Alaska, and sticking final pin in the mapRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
In my parent's basement hangs a map of the United States stuck with multicolored push pins showing where they've lived and visited. Until a few weeks ago, there were pins in every state but one.
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BENNER: Mom and Lance Armstrong had cancer in commonRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Bill Benner
A few years ago, when cyclist extraordinaire Lance Armstrong was in the midst of his phenomenal seven straight Tour de France titles, those yellow Livestrong bands seemed ubiquitous. But when Armstrong left competitive cycling, gradually those rubber yellow bands faded from view. I kept wearing mine, however, to remind me of the courage of my mother, Emma.
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