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STYLE: Develop Indy's Susan Branco shifts focus to fashion

June 19, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
With this year's Indianapolis 500 behind us, she's turning to quantifying the city's fashion industry
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BENNER: Conference commissioners' math skills need workRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Bill Benner
As of this writing, the Big Ten has 12 teams, the Big 12 has 10 teams and the Pac-10 has 11 teams.
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UPDATE: Commission approves City Market funding

June 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday afternoon to release nearly $4 million to improve the historic building in downtown Indianapolis.
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IMA hopes sculpture park brings acclaim, and donors

June 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $25 million park's grand opening is scheduled for June 20 following an opening-night party and a members-only VIP preview with artists and architect on June 19. Atelier Van Lieshout's "Funky Bones" is one of the featured sculptures.
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Local artist Knabe lands in Indiana Design Center

June 14, 2010
Walter Knabe, this year's official artist of the Indianapolis 500, will set up shop this summer in the Indiana Design Center, part of the Carmel's Arts and Design District.
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Holiday World president Will Koch dies at 48

June 14, 2010
Associated Press
Koch, 48, led the amusement park for 20 years, during which time it added a water park and several world-class roller coasters.
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World Skating Academy gets reprieve, remains on thin ice

June 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, the Academy hasn't yet been evicted from its Pan American Plaza ice rinks, but it operates under a cloud of uncertainty.
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DINING: Spice is nice at Main St. Carmel Cajun

June 12, 2010
Lou Harry
Second in our month-long series of reviews of "elemental" eateries.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feinstein more than fine at Great American Songbook Competition

June 12, 2010
Lou Harry
High school vocal competition soared in second year. Winner landed New York gig.
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HETRICK: The irony of government foes wanting more governmentRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
We're all quick to say we want lower taxes, but we're slow to sacrifice services that affect us.
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BENNER: John Wooden would have been proud of these kidsRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bill Benner
There is little I can add to the deserved tributes ... except to place a couple of recent events in a Wooden-like perspective.
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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra women's committee adopts more inclusive name

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The 800-member group hopes to attract more men to its ranks.
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Circle City Sweets takes chance on Indianapolis City Market

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The stand that sells fresh baked goods opened last month, undaunted by the market’s recent history.
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Benner leaving convention group for Horizon League

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Well-known local sports columnist Bill Benner is leaving his job at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association to become senior associate commissioner for external affairs for the Horizon League.
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INSIDE DISH: Peterson's rebounds after rough start, recession

June 7, 2010
Mason King
Petersons Watch VideoJoe Peterson dreamed of opening a high-end restaurant. The start was rough, but it led to breakthroughs at Joe's day job as a manufacturing magnate.
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Team owners leading symphony's $100M capital campaign

June 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Jim Irsay and Herb Simon join to co-chair fund-raising committee for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which has encountered financial troubles the past few years.
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SURF THIS: Web Research 101 ... going beyond Wikipedia

June 5, 2010
Jim Cota
Wikipedia remains the de facto standard for research, having an archive containing more than 15 million articles. But if you need to go beyond the basic facts, there are a variety of places to turn.
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Pistol art boosts attendance for Eiteljorg Museum

June 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An exhibit on handgun engraving was one of the most heavily attended exhibits in the museum's history.
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BENNER: The good, bad and ugly of this year's Indy 500Restricted Content

June 5, 2010
Bill Benner
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing was, once again, a spectacle. Now that it’s in the rearview mirror, an accounting is in order.
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DINING: Keeping customers happy an elemental test of eateries

June 5, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Our waiter forgot to ring in our order. Mistakes happen, but how such problems are fixed says a lot about a restaurant’s culture.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Race to Indianapolis Zoo's new cheetah exhibit

June 5, 2010
Lou Harry
Cheetahs: Race for Survival” is a terrific addition to the Indianapolis Zoo, even though its primary selling point—speed—can’t actually be seen.
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Not-for-profits reach out to younger donors and volunteers

June 5, 2010
Norm Heikens
Charities and not-for-profits are trying to broaden their appeal to younger adults without turning off older stalwarts.
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Ballard announces $4 million City Market overhaul

June 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Restoration project, slated to last nearly a year, will redesign vendor stand facades, improve lighting and introduce a regular schedule of live entertainment at the historic venue.
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BASILE: Greenland has little dramatic history ... or greenery

May 29, 2010
Frank Basile
The highlight of the trip: the inspiring ice fields of Ilulissat.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Theatrical distractions abound, both in audience and in wings

May 29, 2010
Lou Harry
Complaints of cell phones, texters and candy wrappers are common. But what about seeing into the wings?
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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