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Critics of WellPoint choice may not be easily swayedRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Greg Andrews
It's way too early to declare the board dysfunctional for making a surprise choice—Joe Swedish, CEO of Michigan-based hospital system Trinity Health—for the company’s new CEO.
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Lack of restraint caused Marsh family's downfallRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Greg Andrews
What’s extraordinary about the spending spree was that it continued even as Marsh Supermarkets' financial condition grew increasingly precarious.
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Real estate developers' exhilaration turns to pain in bankruptcyRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Greg Andrews
Many Indianapolis developers know the feeling. In good times, few industries generate an adrenalin rush like real estate development. But it’s a highly leveraged business built upon certain assumptions that proved flimsy when the financial crisis hit.
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HHGregg ratchets back, but analysts still uneasyRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Greg Andrews
HHGregg now has 228 stores in 20 states. So it has grown a great deal. But the “exceptional store economics” it used to promote are gone, thanks largely to a breathtaking collapse in sales of flat-screen televisions.
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Emmis' well-paid CEO signs on for 3 more yearsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Greg Andrews
CEO Jeff Smulyan's supporters praise him for repositioning Emmis during a harrowing stretch for the media industry. Detractors complain about his hefty compensation.
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Michael Browning was key player in N.C. corporate dramaRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis real estate developer Michael Browning was one of two Duke Energy board members who led the surprise ouster of the company's CEO.
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Investors let down guard, opening door to Durham fraudRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Greg Andrews
Shouldn’t the 5,100 Ohio investors who lost more than $200 million when Fair collapsed have seen Fair’s lofty interest rates as a red flag?
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As Simon soars, two big mall anchors retrenchRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Greg Andrews
Are Simon investors overlooking the potential fallout from trouble at two of the mall giant’s biggest tenants, Sears and JCPenney?
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Pliant Ohio regulators helped clear path for Durham's fraudRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Ohio Division of Securities allowed Fair Finance to register investment certificates even after the company stopped providing audited financials and Tim Durham drained more than $100 million from the firm through insider loans.
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Plenty of turbulence ahead, despite Republic's progressRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Greg Andrews
Analysts are impressed by Bedford’s cost-cutting achievements at Republic’s scheduled-service carrier, Frontier Airlines, and his early progress in restructuring its Chautauqua unit, which flies small regional jets on contract for branded carriers.
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Simon spared no expense with Manhattan residenceRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Greg Andrews
The $25 million purchase ranked as the 12th-largest residential sale in New York City last year, according to the real estate website Curbed NY.
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Rapid rise of ExactTarget uplifting for young techies

October 27, 2012
Greg Andrews
In just over a decade, the interactive marketer has rocketed from bootstrapped startup to New York Stock Exchange-listed company with a market value of $1.5 billion.
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State going after underwriter of $5M Estridge offeringRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Greg Andrews
The regulatory action is an outgrowth of a falling-out between Indiana Securities owner Frank Neese and Bank of Indiana, which lost its entire $1 million investment when The Estridge Cos. collapsed.
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Sun King brewing another round of growthRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Greg Andrews
After just three years in business, Sun King finds itself the second-largest brewer in Indiana, behind only Three Floyds Brewing Co. in Munster, which produces about 23,000 barrels and also is growing quickly.
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Allison Transmission struggling to rev up investorsRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Greg Andrews
After the stock in the manufacturer of commercial transmissions bottomed at $15.82 in June, some investors began sniffing a bargain.
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'80s anti-takeover law helped sow Emmis winRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indiana Business Corporation Law—enacted to help Hoosier companies fight off a wave of attacks by corporate raiders—gives boards of directors unusually broad authority to exercise judgment as they see fit.
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HHGregg's new push: Selling treadmills alongside TVs

September 1, 2012
Greg Andrews
The appliance and electronics retailer is quietly launching a test of furniture and fitness equipment, with rollouts scheduled for 31 of its more than 200 stores.
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Faction turns on trustee in Eastern Livestock bankruptcyRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Greg Andrews
Things have suddenly taken an ugly turn for veteran Indianapolis attorney Jim Knauer and his legal advisers at Faegre Baker Daniels, who are under attack by parties that want them bounced from the massive bankruptcy case for Eastern Livestock Inc.
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Don Marsh fighting to keep jury from learning he took FifthRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for Don Marsh are trying to ensure that his refusal to answer questions during a 2010 deposition doesn’t come back to haunt him when Marsh Supermarkets' lawsuit against him goes to trial in October.
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New student-loan effort adding to ITT backlashRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
For-profit school operator ITT Educational Services Inc. told investors late last month that it had worked out a tentative deal with an outside party that would provide $100 million in loans to its students.
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KeyCorp's big bet on Indianapolis paying offRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Greg Andrews
Over the last three years, Key has invested millions to add 13 central Indiana branches, bringing the total to 46.
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BrightPoint merger talks driven by 'deal certainty'Restricted Content

July 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
When BrightPoint officials saw conditions in the cell phone distribution business take a turn for the worse, they were quick to cash out while the going was still good.
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HHGregg setbacks reflect deeper woes, some fear

July 21, 2012
Greg Andrews
Retailer's operating income is the same as five years ago, even though it has triple the number of stores.
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BrightPoint's $840M sale ends wild ride for CEO LaikinRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Greg Andrews
Bob Laikin started BrightPoint in 1989, when cellular phones were clunky and brick-like and were mostly for the wealthy.
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Fair Finance CFO staying out of prosecutors' crosshairsRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Greg Andrews
Rick Snow, Fair Finance Co.'s former chief financial officer, isn't accused of collecting insider loans like co-defendants Tim Durham and Jim Cochran. But he's facing the same felony charges.
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  1. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

  2. It's good to hear that the festival is continuing to move forward beyond some of the narrow views that seemed to characterize the festival and that I and others had to deal with during our time there.

  3. Corner Bakery announced in March that it had signed agreements to open its first restaurants in Indianapolis by the end of the year. I have not heard anything since but will do some checking.

  4. "The project still is awaiting approval of a waiver filed with the Federal Aviation Administration that would authorize the use of the land for revenue-producing and non-aeronautical purposes." I wonder if the airport will still try to keep from paying taxes on these land tracts, even though they are designated as "non aeronatical?"

  5. How is this frivolous? All they are asking for is medical screenings to test the effects of their exposure. Sounds like the most reasonable lawsuit I've read about in a while. "may not have commited it" which is probably why they're suing to find out the truth. Otherwise they could just ask Walmart, were you negligent? No? OK, thanks for being honest.

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