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LOU'S VIEWS: Two coaches face off in Actors Theatre's 'Rounding Third'

September 11, 2010
Lou Harry
Is "good enough" good enough when it comes to live theater?
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Indianapolis Museum of Art to present at international competition

September 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A team of Puerto Rican artists sponsored by IMA will represent the United States in an exhibition in Venice.
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JW Marriott picks top chef

September 10, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A former executive chef at an upscale Louisville hotel will lead culinary operations at the 1,005-room JW Marriott, which will feature two major restaurants and 100,000 square feet of catering space.
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Symphony on the Prairie sets attendance record

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s popular outdoor concert series set an attendance record this summer, surpassing the 100,000-mark for just the third time since 1982.
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Indiana casino commission: Staffer hid complaints

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
The commission found the misconduct after an internal review about why 56 of 154 complaints made against the casinos during 2009 had gone unanswered.
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Liquor board OKs permit for City Market beer sales

September 7, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Board voted to approve a carryout liquor license for the historic downtown site. The permit will allow the Indiana Brewers Guild to open a bar featuring local craft beers.
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Auto auction's new owner calls first event a success

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
Auctions America by RM, which bought the former Kruse Auction Park in Auburn two months ago, said more than 25,000 people attended this past weekend's event, during which sales topped $13 million.
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A&E PREVIEW: Dozens of events that should be high on your priority list

September 4, 2010
Lou Harry
From Mary Poppins to Tyler Perry, and from Liza to the Leisure Kings, there’s a lot to fill up your A&E calendar. Get your planners out and start circling dates. Here are some of my early must-do front-runners.
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Talking Points: What's the buzz on the Palladium, the opera and more?Restricted Content

September 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
IBJ's annual rundown of issues the A&E world will be obsessing about this year.
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Concert promoters take center stageRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Meet the people who make music events happen in Indianapolis.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Painting the blues in Washington, D.C.

September 4, 2010
Lou Harry
Yes, my mission in Washington, D.C., was to deliver my daughter into the arms of academia. But with the chance to visit the Smithsonian, can you blame me for making an early exit from campus orientation?
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BENNER: Conseco hosts what could be bloody good showRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Bill Benner
My introduction to the raw reality of boxing left me with admiration for the physical skills necessary to be a fighter and the sheer toughness it takes to get into the ring. However, at the same time, being young and naïve, I was shaken by the brutality of the enterprise.
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DINING: On the canal, the Left Bank Cafe is all right

September 4, 2010
Lou Harry
New eatery is close enough to the waters of the Central Canal that it should consider opening a gondola drive-through.
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WEB REVIEW: Find your address book perplexing? Consider Plaxo

September 4, 2010
Jim Cota
At heart, Plaxo is a manager for your address book (or Rolodex if you happen to be of a certain generation).
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Insurance seller chases music dreams with jazz labelRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Al Hall started Owl Studios in 2005 to promote local musicians and has expanded its roster of performers to 16.
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Kokomo firm taps state tax credits to make animated film

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Kokomo-based Bach Morris Technologies Corp. will spend $2.4 million to produce “Whoever Heard of a Herd of Fird?” a movie based on company co-founder Othello Bach’s 1984 best-seller “Whoever Heard of a Fird?” A Ball State University commercial spinoff will provide production and design services.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Beyond the Fringe

August 28, 2010
Lou Harry
Just going to Indy Fringe makes you a part of it. It’s difficult to be a passive observer during the 10-day event, which ends Sunday.
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BASILE: For an in-state outing, you can bank on Wabash

August 28, 2010
Frank Basile
Instead of writing about some international location this time around, I thought I’d rediscover something near home: Wabash, southwest of Fort Wayne.
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Reverie Estate buys another downtown Indianapolis apartment building

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The prolific developer of urban apartments plans to turn the building into an affordable artists’ community.
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Fitch gives ‘A’ rating to Indiana Historical Society

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A strong balance sheet, experienced management, and conservative debt and investment policies contributed to the strong rating.
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Urban farming key to this 'Taste of Indiana'

August 27, 2010
Scott Olson
First-of-its-kind event in Indianapolis showcases what's known as the slow food movement, which promotes the benefits of producing plants, seeds and livestock for local consumption.
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Centaur wins approval to sell Colorado casino

August 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Luna Gaming Central City LLC is paying $7.5 million in cash plus a $2.5 million note, less adjustments. There were no competing bids.
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Indiana State Fair ends with slightly smaller crowd

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair has wrapped up a 17-day run during which officials say it drew 952,020 visitors.
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Strategy key as arts groups launch simultaneous campaignsRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A wave of fundraising pitches is about to wash over Indianapolis arts supporters. Five organizations either have announced or are working toward the launch of major campaigns.
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Casino operator Centaur aims to exit bankruptcy much leaner

August 21, 2010
Scott Olson
Centaur plans to sell a casino west of Denver and a stalled casino development near Pittsburgh.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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