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MAURER: Exercise your creative muscleRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Creativity, like muscle tone, must be exercised if one is to increase it. We need to seize opportunities to think creatively. Challenging riddles like the one above interrupt the normal routine and rev up our brains.
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MORRIS: Confessions of a symphony newbie

June 19, 2010
Greg Morris
As a first-year subscriber to an Indianapolis Symphony series, I’ve been transformed. I’m now a raving fan.
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MAURER: Take a chance on Brightpoint sharesRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Here’s the new plan: Purchase the stock at $7.25 to $7.50 a share, and hope to realize a 15-percent to 20-percent gain in the short term.
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MORRIS: An introduction and invitation from the publisher

June 5, 2010
Greg Morris
I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to serve as the sixth publisher in IBJ’s history, succeeding Chris Katterjohn, who was publisher the past 20 years.
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MAURER: Early education leads to successRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Not only is early childhood education essential to supplement and often reverse the effects of a deficient home environment, but a rich preschool home environment is also an important indicator of high achievement.
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KING: News in the age of instant feedback

May 22, 2010
Mason King
Most IBJ editors and bloggers now can access readership stats for every bit of news content on our website. We know how many times each story, blog and video has been viewed and for how long, for any month, week or day.
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MAURER: Pack your bags ... it's time for campRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Mickey's Camp presents a chance to learn new skills or polish old ones, including backgammon, canoeing, badminton, darts, bass fishing, fly fishing, golf, self-defense, magic, jewelry making, knitting, arts and crafts, and CPR.
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HARTON: The IBJ's 30-year story, retold

May 8, 2010
Tom Harton
The tale shows how a germ of an idea can turn into something special and how people in business can reach across generations—even when they think their biggest contributions are behind them—to pull others along.
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MAURER: Another look at the glass ceilingRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Mickey Maurer
My longtime assistant, Marla Smith, had a sign on her desk that read, “The best man for the job is often a woman.” I have grown to appreciate and believe in that advice.
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HARTON: Our environment provides another path to better health

April 24, 2010
Tom Harton
One recent study showed that medical costs fall more than $3 for every $1 spent on wellness programs. But something doesn’t add up.
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MAURER: Local diva enlightens operaRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Angela Brown has a voice that reaches extraordinary heights from roots that are set deep in Hoosier soil. She is a diva with a heart as big and as soft as her magnificent voice.
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HARTON: Escape your 'information cocoon'

April 10, 2010
Tom Harton
The information age is almost always spoken of in glowing terms. Information is empowering, so we’re told, even if it comes from a cave in the Middle East or a basement down the block or a corporate media machine that needs something—anything—to fill the gaps between the advertising on a 24-hour news channel.
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MAURER: GOP missing golden opportunity for Bayh replacementRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Memo to the state Republican Party: Show me the candidate. We have a right to expect much from the party that gave us Sen. Richard Lugar.
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VIEWPOINT: Much has changed for Butler since 1980

April 2, 2010
David B. Morton
Mediocrity in the athletic department was tolerated by the administration, winning wasn’t a priority and Tony Hinkle’s five principles—humility, passion, unity, servanthood and thankfulness—had not been adopted as “The Butler Way.”
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DAVIS: Finding (and keeping) clarity through cancer

March 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Almost eight months ago, I used this space to share the new perspective on life I discovered as a side effect of my battle with cancer. A lot has happened since then, and I’m still marveling at the difference—even as I struggle to hold onto it.
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MAURER: Doctor turned author is worth a readRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Dr. Douglas P. Zipes, retired director of the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, has devoted his last couple of years to scaring us half to death with his new novel, “The Black Widows.”
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PARENT: Take your brain out for a walkRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Tawn Parent
Urban life has serious costs; it actually impairs our ability to think.
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MAURER: WellPoint's Braly bravely takes on fussRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly was criticized by President Obama on national television. She incurred the wrath of health insurance policyholders in California and Indiana. She reignited debate on the moribund national health care reform bill. A woman hasn’t caused this much turmoil since all those ships were launched by Helen of Troy.
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KATTERJOHN: Closing the book on 30 years

February 27, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
It’s a tall order to write a farewell column after 30 years.
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MAURER: It's time to dump township governmentRestricted Content

February 19, 2010
Mickey Maurer
In Indiana, one institution rife with nepotism and political favoritism stubbornly persists: township government and, more particularly, its delivery of emergency poor relief.
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KATTERJOHN: Local businesses kick in for HaitiRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
Hoosier businesses have stepped up for the citizens of Haiti, the island nation that was literally shaken to pieces by a massive earthquake Jan. 12.
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MAURER: 'Avatar' is a great movie I've seen beforeRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Did you ever see one of my favorite old cowboy movies, “Broken Arrow”? If you missed it the first time, it has been reissued under a new title—“Avatar.”
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PARENT: Why I'm rooting for the Saints in the land of Blue

February 3, 2010
Tawn Parent
The Indianapolis Colts may be the home team, but this Hoosier sits squarely in the New Orleans Saints' corner.
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KATTERJOHN: Stupid Bowl not so stupid anymore

January 30, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
In recent years, my two brothers have been fond of referring to the Super Bowl as The Stupid Bowl. Disgusted by the crass commercialism that has overtaken professional sports, they view The Stupid Bowl as the zenith of hype.
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MAURER: Here's how Katz Sapper Miller balanced its books

January 23, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Last November, Katz Sapper and Miller went back to schooll—Broad Ripple High School.
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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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