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Cultural Trail snags $20.5 million stimulus boost

February 17, 2010
Scott Olson
The funds will be used for construction on the remaining 4.5 miles of the $62.5 million project, officials announced Wednesday.
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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

February 13, 2010
Associated Press
Issue likely to land in House, Senate conference committee.
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STYLE: Interior designer Nikki Sutton makes a name for herself

February 13, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Nikki Sutton knows she’s a talented interior designer. Now, she’s making herself a brand.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lincoln shows take over State Museum galleries

February 13, 2010
Lou Harry

I took my first look through the then-yet-to-be-opened pair of Abraham Lincoln exhibitions at the Indiana State Museum before the galleries were available to the general public.

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DINING: A Taste sensation in 'gourmet ghetto'

February 13, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Third in our month-long series of reviews of College Avenue eateries. This week: Taste Cafe and Marketplace.
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BENNER: A bit of therapy for those with Super Bowl bluesRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Bill Benner
Therapy. That's what I'm here for.
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Opera chief: Group won't fold

February 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Forced to cancel its upcoming production of "The Mikado," the Indianapolis Opera hopes more cuts will help fill a $400,000 budget gap.
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Carmel performing arts center raises curtain on new name

February 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel's new 1,600-seat concert hall will be called "The Palladium," part of a marketing effort designed to generate more financial support for the city's performing arts center.
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DINING: Exploring a new Broad Ripple "Island"

February 6, 2010
Lou Harry
Second in our month-long series of reviews of College Avenue eateries.
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HETRICK: Learning to lead with Sister Souljah momentsRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Every once in a while, someone in power shows some chutzpah and surprises us.
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BENNER: Super Bowl delegation's focus is two years outRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Bill Benner
We can promise, at game time, a perfect environment: 70 degrees and dry.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Best-selling author's words take center stage

February 6, 2010
Lou Harry
Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park launches novelist Walter Mosley’s first play,"The Fall of Heaven," just in time for my cultural road trip.
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First hotel in downtown Marriott complex to open doors

February 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fairfield Inn & Suites on West Washington Street downtown will open Wednesday. The hotel is the first of four comprising the 1,600-room Marriott Place project to welcome guests.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Race colors IRT's 'Romeo and Juliet'

January 30, 2010
Lou Harry
Shakespeare's iconic show gets a post-WWII redo.
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DINING: Rule-breaker Recess schools Indianapolis diners

January 30, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Greg Hardesty's new restaurant features an ever-changing menu.
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SURF THIS: Steve Jobs' new pad keeps i on the prize

January 30, 2010
Jim Cota
The latest from Apple could change the face of publishing.
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BENNER: A different take - or not - on Super Bowl-bound Colts

January 30, 2010
Bill Benner
Once again, our city is blowing up over the Blue.
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Super Bowl scarf-knitting, green programs unveiled for 2012

January 29, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee unveiled two unique programs bent on culling the state for a diverse volunteer base. But one well-known local black activist said the effort isn't good enough.
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Conner Prairie sees attendance, giving increase in 2009

January 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie saw increases in both daily admissions and giving in 2009 and ended the annual period in the black for the fourth year in a row.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Flagrant fouls make Globetrotter win dubious

January 23, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Globetrotters, Phoenix Theatre's "Housewives of Mannheim," and Beef & Boards' "The Foreigner."
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DINING: New chain wedges in to Indy market

January 23, 2010
Lou Harry
Fox's Pizza Den is latest to set up shop here.
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HETRICK: Awed by America's generous help for HaitiRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
I much prefer a nation that can be more the world's benefactor and less the world's cop.
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BENNER: I'm more interested in soccer all of a suddenRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Bill Benner
Despite my American bias, there's no doubt that soccer is the world's game.
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Kerasotes planning to sell theaters to AMC

January 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press

Kerasotes, the nation's sixth-largest movie house chain, has four theaters in the Indianapolis area; AMC, the No. 2 player, has two.

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ICVA hotel-room bookings ahead of schedule

January 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Groups that committed in 2009 to hold meetings in Indianapolis in future years booked a total of nearly 688,000 hotel-room nights, a number that exceeded ICVA's goal by 5 percent.
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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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