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Indianapolis Museum of Art wins national honor

October 6, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
IMA is one of 10 institutions across the country that will receive the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
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Charter school may take over rest of former Herron Art Institute

October 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
Plans for residential development on the site stalled as the housing market plummeted and recession set in.
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Carmel performing arts center betting big on fund raisingRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel’s $137 million performing arts center is still a year from completion, but Executive Director Steven Libman already is pounding the pavement for donations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Of 'Glee' they sing

October 3, 2009
Lou Harry
Fox's musical high school comedy is generating buzz in the A&E world.
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DINING: 'Bucket' pales next to others at busy intersection

October 3, 2009
Lou Harry
This month, we’ll hit a quartet of recent restaurant arrivals near the already competitive culinary intersection of 86th Street and Ditch Road. First up: Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern.
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COTA: For cool toys to covet, Playgrounder's the thing

October 3, 2009
Jim Cota
Just keep repeating to yourself: Stuff won't make me happy...stuff won't make me happy...
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BENNER: Here's mine. Tell me what's on your sports Bucket ListRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Bill Benner
I've been to lots of sporting events, but there are still items on my Bucket List.
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Carmel officials confirm Feinstein appointment

September 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Singer Michael Feinstein will make as much as $400,000 in a single year to serve as artistic director of the Regional Performing Arts Center that’s still under construction in Carmel, officials confirmed this morning.
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BASILE: PBS film could return national parks to national discourse

September 26, 2009
Frank Basile
One of the best things our government ever did was to set aside land for national parks and to keep each in pristine condition while making them accessible for people to visit. Each is different and has its own unique setting and breathtaking beauty.
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BENNER: NCAA needs another 'pathological optimist'Restricted Content

September 26, 2009
Bill Benner
As a tribute to its late president, the NCAA has posted on its Web site dozens of blogs, podcasts, speeches and editorials created by Myles Brand during his culture-altering tenure at the helm of intercollegiate athletics.
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DINING: In Whitestown, a culinary wonder

September 26, 2009
Lou Harry
Fourth in IBJ's month-long series of reviews of reborn cafes. This week: L.A. Cafe.
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HETRICK: No, Mabel, government is not a four-letter wordRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
It's easy to express populist outrage against Washington. But is the rage misplaced?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Searching for the best in Eiteljorg's West 'Quest'

September 26, 2009
Lou Harry
This year's edition of the annual show and sale offers variations on familiar themes.
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How to make the best of meetings and events gone awryRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Chip Cutter
Meeting and event planners spend years poring over details for big functions, plotting minute-by-minute schedules, and brainstorming every possible contingency to stave off disaster. Sometimes, though, even the best-laid plans go awry.
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Indy Audio Labs wiring for relaunch of high-end home theater brands

September 23, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Two former Klipsch Group engineers plan to return to the market a brand of amplifiers famous among audio enthusiasts. Indy Audio Labs, owned by Rick Santiago and Ted Moore, bought the Aragon and Acurus brands of amps, pre-amps and sound processors from Klipsch and are planning a 2010 launch.
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Indianapolis lands 2013 men's NCAA regional

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis has been selected to host a regional round of the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament, the NCAA announced today.
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Fort Wayne lures long-time conventions from Indy

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Fort Wayne's expanded convention center and a planned downtown hotel are proving attractive to conventions, including at least four events long held in Indianapolis.
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Slots revenue revives hopes of state's horse breeding industryRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Purses at Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville have swollen since the two tracks added slot machines in June 2008.
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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental dealRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee, the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.
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LOU'S VIEWS: City Ballet off to stunning start

September 19, 2009
Lou Harry
The would-be Indianapolis City Ballet raised the bar high with a star-studded gala that brought together some of the top young dancers in the world.
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DINING: New IMA eatery keeps things new

September 19, 2009
Lou Harry
The menu changes weekly at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's new eatery, Nourish.
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STYLE: Does Indy stock what Vogue touts?

September 19, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
In New York, the word September is synonymous with fashion. What about Indy?
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BENNER: Can we keep the franchise the Simons saved?Restricted Content

September 19, 2009
Bill Benner
The passing of Mel Simon adds more uncertainty to the Indiana Pacers’ future in Indianapolis.
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Super Bowl Committee adds vice president of event operations

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The 2012 host committee recently hired South Bend native and Indiana University graduate Michelle Raines, who previously served in senior management roles for four Republican national conventions.
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More layoffs, furloughs possible for cash-strapped CIB

September 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The financial condition of the city’s Capital Improvement Board, though improving, is still dire enough that employees of the Indiana Convention Center could be subjected to more unpaid furloughs or layoffs.
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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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