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Anderson incubator represents 'beginning': Officials hope new center will help revive economyRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Scott Olson
Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems LTD is the type of high-tech company Anderson officials are coveting for their new small-business incubator, the Flagship Enterprise Center. Founded in 2002 by Pete Bitar, XADS has a contract with the U.S. Marine Corps to develop a long-range, wireless stun gun, known as the StunStrike system. The patent-pending technology delivers a non-lethal electrical current to disable a human target. The prototypes include a rifle that can fire up to 15 feet and a vehiclemounted unit...
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NOTIONS: The eerie echo of a hollow victory reverberatingRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Bruce Hetrick
The night of May 23, after the Indianapolis City-County Council passed a watered-down ordinance banning smoking in some workplaces, Council President Steve Talley called for a short break. Proponents and opponents of the anti-smoking bill poured into the hallway outside the council chambers. Among the former, there were handshakes, hugs and high-fives. Among the latter, there was much shaking of heads. Lobbyists and legislators on both sides of the battle talked with reporters, uttering comment on the vote and its...
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Busy session for insurance forces: Compact passage highlights plethora of industry-related legislation considered by the General AssemblyRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Tom Murphy
State lawmakers also killed a bill that offers "mandate lite" health coverage and kept the topic of vicious dogs at bay during the 2005 legislative session. Insurance lobbyists and regulators say they just wrapped up one of the busiest sessions in recent memory. Topics ran a wide gamut and crowded committee calendars. Last year, five industry-supported bills made it through the General Assembly, according to Dan Tollefson, corporate counsel for the state Department of Insurance. This year, 15 did, and...
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Rule changes to get scrutiny: State agencies now must consider economic impactRestricted Content

May 30, 2005
Scott Olson
Indiana's small-business owners will encounter a friendlier regulatory environment in July, when sweeping legislation takes effect requiring state agencies to consider the impact of their policies on small businesses before adopting them. House Enrolled Act 1822 should help ease the burden of what advocates consider unnecessary regulations on small businesses by requiring agencies that intend to change or adopt a rule to provide an economic-impact statement first. The statement must include a regulatory-flexibility analysis that evaluates alternative methods that could...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Well-designed buildings shouldn't forget securityRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
Geof Odle
The recent 10th anniversary observance of the bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building by a domestic terrorist is once again a reminder to all of us in architecture-and all those who buy our services-that security has become more important in many cases than esthetics and efficiency these days in building design. We also are reminded by the events of nearly four years ago, when foreign terrorists used commercial aircraft as guided missiles to level the World Trade...
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VIEWPOINT: Our future is in good hands of our youthRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
Jerry Israel
Earlier this month, as I dispensed diplomas and handshakes in my final undergraduate commencement as a university president, I was struck by the realization that the optimistic parade of young people passing across the stage began their college experience under a shadow large and ominous enough to swallow all hope. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, unfolded when these young men and women were fresh out of high school and barely settled into their residence halls-many of them far...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Vibrant city can be built without oceans, mountainsRestricted Content

May 23, 2005
In late April and early May, two things happened. The Legislature adjourned on time and Forbes magazine released its seventh annual list of the best (and worst) metro areas to develop businesses and careers. Forbes based its ranking on business costs, living costs, education levels of the work force, qualityof-life issues as well as job and income growth and migration patterns. Indianapolis ranked 33rd out of 150 of the country's largest metro areas, and there's some good news in that...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Effective tech outsourcing takes well-managed planRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
John Qualls
More companies than ever are outsourcing their critical business functions, including sales, marketing, accounting and human resources. But the most rapid switch is taking place in technology, due to the accelerated pace of changes in security threats, certifications, government policies and customer-driven mandates. While companies have high expectations of their internal IT departments, many simply don't have enough time to manage workloads and stay on top of current trends and innovations. Because most technology requires specialization, some companies are finding...
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Give employees space to succeed TAWN PARENT Commentary:Restricted Content

May 9, 2005
I fought through Castleton traffic recently to pick up a few bottles of wine at Trader Joe's. It was a brand I'd bought before and liked. But the first bottle I opened was spoiled. So was the second one. I called Trader Joe's. They said to bring the bottles back. I told them I hadn't saved my receipt. "It doesn't matter," they said. So I took the bottles in. They gave me a full refund, no questions asked, even for...
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Demand stokes Coke: After slump, Citizens Gas unit adds workers, expects profitRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Chris O\'malley
The bituminous-belching behemoth is as close as this city gets to 19th century industry. It is an anathema to economic strategists who would leave smokestacks behind and recast Indianapolis as a haven for the clean rooms of high- and biotechnology. And neighbors fear it's the source of elevated levels of benzene and other chemicals blamed for cancer. Yet the politically and environmentally incorrect Indianapolis Coke appears to be on a comeback-at least financially. The subsidiary of Citizens Gas & Coke...
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Applied Engineering Services Inc.: Engineering firm builds clientele slowlyRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Ed Callahan
Starting a new company is a tricky business, even if you've done everything right. Applied Engineering Services had the funding, the contacts and the skills it needed when it started in 1998. Still, the first year or so was hardly easy. "We didn't hit the ground running," recalled Terry DeBoo, one of the principals in the company. "The first year was pretty tough." Applied Engineering is a consulting engineering firm that focuses much of its business on the central utility...
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Many women have knack for meeting/event planning: Industry requires people who have good organizational and communication skills-traits females are known forRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Ethan Bartanen
Like many women in the meeting and event-planning industry, Lois A. Vining entered the field by accident. Vining, president and owner of Event Planning Services in Indianapolis, developed an interest in meeting and event planning in 1983 when she was working as an administrative assistant for the Indiana chapter of the Dallas-based American Heart Association. Part of her responsibility was to coordinate three annual board meetings. "I loved the meeting-planning aspect so much that every job after that I wanted...
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Airport goes batty on environmental mitigation: Cost of buying new land for bat habitat is triple estimates, on top of $21.6 million spent since early 1990sRestricted Content

May 9, 2005
Chris O\'malley
The cost of replacing Indiana bat habitat bulldozed to build an Interstate 70 entrance to the midfield airport terminal has tripled from original estimates. The Indianapolis Airport Authority has spent $1.3 million buying new roosting land for the endangered bat, up from a $475,000 estimate published in the Authority's justreleased annual report. That's on top of $21.6 million in other environmental mitigation projects at Indianapolis International Airport involving bats and wetlands since the early 1990s. That amount is roughly equivalent...
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Deaf School building independent-living house: Students will practice skills they need to make it soloRestricted Content

May 2, 2005
Andrea Muirragui
Beginning this fall, high school students at the state-run school will get that boost at a new facility intended to help them learn how to make it on their own. The so-called Independent Living House-which may have a catchier name by the time it opens-will be able to accommodate as many as 10 students at a time, giving them a safe environment to practice cooking, cleaning and caring for themselves. "A large number of students need this kind of program,"...
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Accepting a Grand Challenge: Jones' robotic startup aims at military marketRestricted Content

May 2, 2005
Peter Schnitzler
Within the next 10 years, the U.S. Department of Defense hopes to fully automate a third of its ground vehicles. Indianapolis-based high-tech entrepreneur Scott Jones has plans to one day sell the robot pilots the military needs to accomplish that mission. But before he can build a business capable of attracting serious venture capital, he has to build a robot that can drive a Jeep Rubicon across 175 miles of the Mojave Desert in less than 10 hours. And he...
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The old college try: Struggling IndyGo courting campuses to boost ridershipRestricted Content

May 2, 2005
Chris O\'malley
One solution for a city bus system struggling to lure riders might be academic-get college students on board. The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp. is in talks with colleges and vocational schools about the potential of discounted fares for students who opt to take the bus to and from campus. The push also has a longer-term goal of conditioning students to use public transportation after they graduate to the work world. Financially sputtering IndyGo, which finished 2004 in the black only...
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State should target schools, not tourism EYE ON THE PIE Morton Marcus ______:Restricted Content

May 2, 2005
Our dear friends in the Indiana General Assembly continue to support the idea that tourism should be a state-subsidized industry. It is bad enough that we subsidize biotechnology and the Indianapolis Colts, even though we would object if any of the Colts used some of that good biotech to enhance performance. The first problem with tourism is that it creates very few well-paid jobs. Most jobs in tourism make our workers servants to other people who leave their towels on...
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City ups charter aid: Loan program to help schools land financing for facilitiesRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Andrea Muirragui
Indianapolis leaders are lending a helping hand-and the city's strong credit rating-to charter school operators intent on building a different kind of educational environment, often from scratch. Charters receive tuition support payments from the state, but unlike other public schools, they do not get any tax revenue for their buildings. "The facility issue is a big issue," said Mayor Bart Peterson, the only municipal leader in the country with the power to grant charters. "If we are committed to seeing...
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SPORTS: Age-defying Reggie bids a historic farewellRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Bill Benner
So much for the meat. Now all we have left is an uncertain supply of NBA playoff gravy. Lap it up while you can. Will we ever see another like No. 31? Will we ever see another who is such an inspiring combination of talent, loyalty, longevity and professionalism? Will we ever have another to represent us so nobly on the stage of professional sports, and to single-handedly carve so many memorable moments into our collective consciousness? We can only...
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Center offers businesses a challenging experience: Year-old school program adds corporate component to build community awareness and financial supportRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Ethan Bartanen
Simulating the events of a real-life space mission is not just child's play anymore. Decatur Township Schools' Indianapolis Challenger Learning Center now allows area businesses to participate, too. The center, in Ameriplex Business Park, has been hosting field trips and summer camps for children for about a year. An adult program lifted off last fall. "We do not just want to do school-oriented projects," said Director Gary Pellico. "We want to be a part of this community and we are...
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Departure of ATA exec still cloudy: Chief financial officer alleged termination was retaliationRestricted Content

April 18, 2005
Chris O\'malley
When ATA Holdings Corp.'s chief financial officer "left the company" last June, as management ambiguously put it, many suspected the insider saw bankruptcy looming and wanted to bail out before the crash. David M. Wing, 53, may have seen something else that troubled him, suggests ATA's most recent financial report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Wing contends that he was terminated in retaliation for exercising his rights and obligations under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act," states a settlement agreement Wing...
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Charter school leaving train station location for its own 'empowerment center':Restricted Content

April 18, 2005
-Andrea Muirragui
21st Century Charter School is pulling away from Union Station. Nearly three years after reinventing 17,000 square feet of space that once housed a bar and Hooter's restaurant, school sponsor Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation has plans to build a stand-alone facility about five miles to the north. GEO has agreed to buy a two-acre parcel at 25th Street and Capitol Avenue that was to be the site of the Fall Creek Retail Center, an ill-fated project that fell apart in...
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Smoking warriors expand battlefield: Health advocates accuse grocers, retailers of misleading public with smoke-free claimsRestricted Content

April 11, 2005
Chris O\'malley
Bars and restaurants aren't the only firms that will soon feel the heat from health advocates pushing laws to ban smoking in public places. Some are broadening their gaze to drugstores and even supermarkets as potential health risks-and they're naming names of offending businesses. It's a radical approach in a mildmannered metro area, where few dare to poke fingers in the eyes of the business or political elite. And it's in stark contrast to groups such as Smoke Free Indy,...
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SPORTS: Two cities, eight teams and miles of observationsRestricted Content

April 11, 2005
Bill Benner
ST. INDIANAPOLIS-OK, an explanation of the goofy dateline. I have just finished shuttling back and forth between St. Louis for the NCAA Men's Final Four and Indy for the NCAA Women's Final Four. Because of a speaking engagement in St. Louis and an obligation back here on the front end, I made three round trips in six days, covering 1,500 miles. It was worth it. Six games over four days resulting in two national champions, the University of North Carolina...
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IUPUI discovers Office for Women still needs to exist: Program uses workshops, discussions and awards to keep the issues affecting women in the forefrontRestricted Content

April 11, 2005
Ethan Bartanen
While many universities have programs dedicated to women's equality, the IUPUI Office for Women is not taken for granted by the administration there. "It is important as part of the university's diversity department," said Kathy Grove, director of the IUPUI Office for Women. "It helps women to fulfill their potential and ensure that we have an environment free of harassment based on gender." Established in October 1996 under the leadership of Dr. Kathleen Warfel, who was a professor of pathology...
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