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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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BENNER: From Boehm to Hayward to a New York Super BowlRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Bill Benner
Retiring Indiana Supreme Court judge Ted Boehm played a leading role in the city's emergence as an amateur sports capital.
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DINING: Dog days in Broad Ripple at Gourmet Frank's

May 29, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
I’m a grammar snob, which is one reason it took me so long to make the trek to Broad Ripple to try Gourmet Frank’s. There is no Frank, just an unnecessary apostrophe—which I call the Hoosier possessive—in the simple description of its star menu item: franks, as in hot dogs.
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Suspended Kruse hopes to keep famous auction going

May 26, 2010
Associated Press
Kruse's attorney said his 69-year-old client would like to find some way to keep the annual auction alive, possibly by finding another auction company to run this year's event.
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Indianapolis Zoo opening new cheetah exhibit

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The $2 million exhibit opens Saturday featuring five of the fastest animals on land.
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Governor backs card counter banned by casino

May 25, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels used the story of a blackjack player's lawsuit in telling Franklin College graduates about using skill to push the odds in one's favor.
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AMC sells Greenwood theater to Regal Entertainment

May 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
AMC divested the property in order to proceed with its $275 million deal to buy 93 theaters operated by Kerasotes Showplace Theatres.
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Fieldhouse feud results in tax refund for theater owner

May 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Hollywood Bar and Filmworks owner Ted Bulthaup said higher parking rates following Conseco Fieldhouse's opening drove his patrons away. The IRS agreed.
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Feds: AMC must sell some Indy theaters to make acquisition

May 24, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Justice Department said AMC Entertainment Group Inc., the second-largest U.S. movie theater owner, must sell some cinemas to proceed with plans to buy most of those operated by Kerasotes Showplace Theatres.
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DINING: Come fry with me at Fat Dan's

May 22, 2010
Lou Harry
The fries at Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli in Broad Ripple are, in short, delicious and enough of a draw on their own to merit a visit (though we realize it’s unlikely you’ll stop with just fries).
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LOU'S VIEWS: At Eiteljorg, it's all in the family

May 22, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, free-associating across the arts landscape from the “Generations” show at the Eiteljorg Museum to “Heartland Art” and a one-man play at the Indiana State Museum to the Broad Ripple Art Fair.
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BENNER: Misdeeds magnified by ratings-hungry TVRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Bill Benner
If the events at Carmel High School had occurred outside the realm of sports, would the scrutiny have been this intense, and this sensationalized?
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Arts Council hopes move, emphasis on donors will help with financesRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis soon will move its office from Monument Circle to a smaller space on Pennsylvania Street with an adjacent gallery. The move is symbolic of the council’s ongoing reinvention, as well as the financial reality driving that effort.
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HETRICK: Men and boys behaving badly from Carmel to D.C.Restricted Content

May 22, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
One hurdle is that too few people understand what constitutes hazing.
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City Market steering away from food court reputation

May 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Proposed $2.7 million renovation would take down west wing and make cosmetic improvements before 2012 Super Bowl.
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Another renovation proposed for City Market

May 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis officials are proposing a $2.7 million renovation of the downtown City Market, three years after the last major renovation failed to boost business.
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Officials: Despite expansion, convention center needs work

May 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Seven months before the $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center is complete, convention planners and local convention and tourism officials are calling for an upgrade to the existing Convention Center space.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Phoenix premiere is more than a John Prine tribute show

May 15, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, a tribute that transcends at the Phoenix Theatre, plus thoughts on this year's Spotlight benefit.
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DINING: Off-the-trail eatery excels

May 15, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
My soiled shirt was a reminder of the best fish tacos I've had outside my dad's kitchen.
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STYLE: Upcoming book explores retail icon L.S. Ayres

May 15, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
I wish I hadn't missed the days when Nordstrom's Manhattan outpost would've been a gleaming tower of polished consumerism, complete with elevator operators and too many shoe salesmen.
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BENNER: Speedway's centennial becomes a crossroadsRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Bill Benner
Just two years ago, the future seemed as bright for the Indy Racing League. But that was then. This is now.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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