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Dan Laikin on sidelines as others admit guilt in stock-manipulation schemeRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Greg Andrews
Carmel businessman Dan Laikin finds himself in the awkward spot of denying wrongdoing at the same time the three men accused of conspiring with him in a stock-manipulation scheme are admitting guilt.
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Emmis creates option to sell, lease back HQRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Greg Andrews

Would embattled Emmis Communications Corp. sell its Monument Circle headquarters, a prized development that opened a decade ago at what then-Mayor Steve Goldsmith called "the most important site in the city and the very center of Indiana?"

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Questions about expenses have dogged Marsh beforeRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Greg Andrews
Don Marsh lashed back last month after the owner of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. filed a lawsuit accusing him of billing the company for millions of dollars in personal expenses.
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Jackpot awaits lawyers in price-fixing litigationRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for concrete purchasers who say they were victims of a price-fixing scheme have waged a tenacious legal battle over the last four years, and .now they're ready to cash in.
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Dow tightens grip on prized Indianapolis unitRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Locally based Dow AgroSciences, one of Indianapolis' top employers, may not be going on the sale block after all.
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Duke upends growth plan, focuses on paying debtRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
In this horrendous environment, nothing is more important for a debt-laden public company than proving it can pay its bills
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Durham insider deal sparks outcry

March 9, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham is facing allegations of self-dealing after a publicly traded company he helps run in Dallas acquired assets from a finance company he owns in Ohio.
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Geist restaurateur buffeted by financial squalls

March 2, 2009
Greg Andrews
Henri and Shelley Najem, who own The Bella Vita restaurant in Geist, represent the scores of Indiana restaurant operators feeling financial pressure, given the severe economic slump.
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Crackdown on bank pay pinches Hoosier execsRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
When Sen. Chris Dodd decided to wage war on corporate excess, he had Wall Street fat cats in his sights, not people like Bob Jones, the folksy CEO of Old National Corp. in Evansville.
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A showy millionaire faces spate of lawsuits

February 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
A recent spate of lawsuits, filed by a who's who of Indianapolis businessmen, exposes cracks in Tim Durham's veneer of opulence.
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Stakes huge for Indiana as feds weigh stimulusRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Greg Andrews
A new report by one of the nation's leading economists finds that getting the stimulus package through Congress— and fast— has huge implications for Hoosiers.
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Ailing anchor store casts uncertainty over Circle CentreRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Greg Andrews
The shopping mall business is fragile these days, with the recession sapping consumer spending as well as retailers' demand for space. So how is Circle Centre, the centerpiece of downtown Indianapolis' 1990s revival, holding up? OK for now, it seems.
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Slump emboldens retailers to play tough with SimonRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Greg Andrews
Suddenly, the balance of power is shifting between retail tenants and mighty Simon Property Group Inc., the nation's biggest mall owner. Simon's biggest challenge: A litany of retailers either have failed or are on the brink of financial collapse, creating more empty spaces in malls at a time demand is slack to fill it.
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KSM's run-in with Madoff spawns bevy of questionsRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Greg Andrews
KSM Capital Advisors didn't invest its clients' money directly with Bernard L. Madoff, but they're out millions of dollars just the same.
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Sensient Flavors: Fed's actions in inquiry leave bad tasteRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Greg Andrews
An Indianapolis flavor-maker's lawsuit to keep out federal health inspectors has escalated into a legal melee, with attorneys for the company seeking sanctions against the feds for failing to cooperate during the discovery phase of the case.
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Stitle: Bank's sale to PNC fuels 'burst of adrenaline'Restricted Content

December 15, 2008
Greg Andrews
"I have no intention of retiring â?? now or ever," said Steve Stitle, CEO of National City Bank in Indiana, after the bank was purchased by PNC Financial.
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Bold bets on Hoosier firms yield horrific results so farRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Greg Andrews
The millions of dollars they plunked down to buy stock in local companies over the past two years have shriveled in value, leaving them way, way below break-even.
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Despite sour economy, retail developers press onRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
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HHGregg looks to grow as other consumer electronic businesses falterRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Greg Andrews
HH Gregg has grown from a local to a national consumer electronic store chain and has its eye on expanding further, given Circuit City's bankruptcy filing.
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Emmis struggling to stay in good stead with lendersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications Corp. struggles to contain expenses and minimize debts due to radio advertising shortfalls.
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Symphony tries out textingRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Sean Newhouse, associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, invited concert goers to send a text message to vote for their finale favorite.
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Langham lands airport dealRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
An arm of locally based Langham Logistics has won a 40-month, $3.28 million contract to provide logistics services at the new Indianapolis International Airport terminal.
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Indiana CEOs are cautious during financial mayhemRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Greg Andrews

CEOs with Simon Property, Duke Realty Corp. and Interactive Intelligence Inc. report that their companies are taking an uncharacteristically cautious approach to acquisitions and investments, given the faltering economy.

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Duke founder Wynne loses out using company stock as collateralRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Greg Andrews
Retired businessman John Wynne, one of the founders of Duke Realty Corp., is the latest executive to get burned after using company stock as collateral for a multimillion-dollar loan in his investment account.
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Murky motive adds intrigue to Old National loan saga

August 18, 2008
Greg Andrews
In the buttoned-down world of banking, it doesn't get much stranger than this: An Indianapolis loan officer with a strong reputation is suddenly dismissed after his employer charges he falsified lending documents. The bank says the fraud exposes it to potential losses approaching $20 million. And here's the kicker: The employer hasn't accused the banker of committing the wrongdoing for personal gain.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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