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NYC retrospective reassesses Robert Indiana's work

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Artist Robert Indiana says his world-famous LOVE image overshadowed all his other work. But now the artist's first major retrospective could change that.
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Local boat, RV show changes format to widen audience

September 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
For the first time in its 26-year history, the Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Show will include an auction open to the public. Event organizers think it will draw bidders from far and wide.
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Canterbury to change name, close for 9-month renovation

September 24, 2013
Mason King
The historic downtown hotel's new owner says the $9.5 million revamp and affiliation with an international brand are needed to compete with new high-end hotels in the Indy area.
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Butler's $2.9M grant to create new kind of science museum

September 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The university's Center for Urban Ecology will use the federal money to create sites along six Indianapolis waterways that will educate the public about the city’s water system.
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BENNER: A nickname only an NFL owner could defend—and keepRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Bill Benner
It's time Washington, and a certain IPS school for that matter, catches up with the rest of society.
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HETRICK: There she is, Miss America, an ideal answer to racism

September 21, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
For a few ugly Americans emboldened by social media, it was an opportunity to judge Miss Davuluri. But not by the content of her character.
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DINING: Thirsty Scholar schools 16th Street on cafe culture

September 21, 2013
Lou Harry
Limited menu best suited for grazing. Fourth in a month-long series of just-out-of-downtown dining reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: At Eiteljorg show, honesty is the ‘West’ policy

September 21, 2013
Lou Harry
It would be foolish to go to the Eiteljorg Museum’s “Quest for the West” show (through Oct. 6) looking for surprises. This is, after all, an invitational show focused on pleasing collectors of conservative western art who, in Indy for the show’s opening, purchase most of what’s shown.
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Ed Wenck succeeding Jim Poyser as Nuvo ME

September 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nuvo’s long-time managing editor, Jim Poyser, is heading for a new job and will be replaced by former WIBC-FM 93.1 radio personality and author Ed Wenck.
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Moody's: Established gambling markets faltering

September 20, 2013
Associated Press
The credit rating agency issued a report describing a shift in casino tax revenue away from New Jersey, Indiana and Nevada to new markets in places like Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio.
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Rupert turns Rod Serling in spooky anthology series

September 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Locally-based Adrenaline Motion Pictures LLC has high hopes for a new TV and Internet series it's producing, called “Rupert Boneham’s Frightmares: Seriously Scary Stories.”
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Urbanski extends contract with ISO

September 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The 30-year-old music director will remain on the podium at least through the 2017-2018 season, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra officials said Thursday.
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Lottery sales lag forecast under new manager

September 18, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Hoosier Lottery is running about 17 percent behind projections for surplus revenue in July and August under manager Gtech Indiana, a subsidiary of a firm that also has missed its forecasts for the Illinois lottery.
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Heartland Film Festival leader Sparks stepping down

September 17, 2013
Lou Harry
Jeffrey L. Sparks, who has led the Heartland Film Festival since he founded the internationally known movie event more than two decades ago, is bowing out of his leadership role, he confirmed Tuesday morning.
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DINING: Battered location gets new pancake house

September 14, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Reviewing Lincoln Square Pancake House. Third in a month-long series of just-out-of-downtown dining reviews.
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BENNER: NCAA alone can’t clean up college football; Oscar in the HallRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Bill Benner
The pressure to cheat starts with the schools themselves and their demanding fans.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Civic Theatre's ‘Pippin’ lacks magic

September 14, 2013
Exceptional production values stand out from rest of an unfocused production. Fun added by brief 3D sequence.
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Conner Prairie rolling out adults-only programming

September 14, 2013
Lou Harry
The inaugural Prairie Plates event Sept. 20 represents a big step in the Hamilton County living history museum’s increasing effort to target grown-ups—a trend happening around the country as once-staid institutions look to expand audiences and increase revenue.
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Milder summer weather boosts state park revenue

September 13, 2013
Dan Human
Revenue jumped to $12.3 million during the park system's summer season as cooler temperatures enticed visitors. A price increase this year for annual passes helped line the parks' purse.
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UPDATE: Stagehands union, state settle Indiana fair fines

September 10, 2013
Associated Press
A stagehands union fined $11,500 by a state agency following the deadly Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse has reached a settlement with the state absolving it of those penalties.
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Pence appoints new Hoosier Lottery director

September 7, 2013
Associated Press
An official in Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's administration has been named the new executive director of the Hoosier Lottery.
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BENNER: How do we top 2012? Here’s hoping we get to find outRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Bill Benner
It's hard to imagine topping Indy's hosting of the 2012 Super Bowl, but it can be done.
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HETRICK: If you want to save Syrians, produce a viral video

September 7, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Alas, there’s no viral video personalizing the problem. The call to act is coming from the top down.
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DINING: City Barbecue smoked meats upgrade IUPUI dining options

September 7, 2013
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of just-out-of-downtown dining reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Larger scope for Children's Museum's Playscape

September 7, 2013
Lou Harry
When an outstanding temporary exhibition opens, that’s cause for excitement. When a permanent exhibition gets an outstanding upgrade, that’s cause for celebration.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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