Festivals

Penrod Society thief sentenced to five years

April 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Superior Court Judge Stanley Kroh sentenced Brandon Benker to three years in prison and two years in a Community Corrections program, in which he may be assigned to work release or home detention. Benker stole more than $380,000 from the group in 2008.
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Indiana Black Expo takes control of Circle City Classic

December 11, 2009
With the move, IBE hopes to rejuvenate the annual football game and related events, which have been suffering from declining attendance.
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Circle City Classic director resigns after 4 months

October 19, 2009
The director of the Circle City Classic announced his resignation Monday, just four months after taking the job.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Heartland fest's bests ... and the rest

October 10, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger, Lou Harry
We review this year's Heartland Film Festival offerings. Check back often as we add entries throughout the event, which starts Oct. 15.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Quality time on the Fringe

August 28, 2009
Lou Harry
By definition, the non-juried IndyFringe festival has a crapshoot quality. My advice to new Fringe-goers is usually to go to at least three shows and be fully prepared to hate at least one of them.
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Arts festivals feel financial pinchRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Art-show organizers are getting creative to keep their events alive as they struggle to attract sponsors and participating artists.
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First-ever driving festival could put French Lick on the map of exotic vehiclesRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Chris O\'malley

Organizers of the inaugural World Class Driving Festival at the West Baden Springs Hotel Sept. 3-7 hope to put Indiana on the map when it comes to exotic cars and potentially lucrative business opportunities surrounding the accompanying lifestyle.


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Port-a-potty cleaning not such a foul job after all

July 14, 2008
Chip Cutter
Danny Hutson jumps down from the cab of his truck, grabs a giant yellow and black hose, and gets ready to deal with a familiar smell: human waste and disinfectant. It's all part of the job for Hutson, who cleans as many as 45 portable toilets a day for Aardvark Tidy Toilets, a division of Indianapolis-based Gridlock Traffic Systems Inc.
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500 Festival retools after growth spurtRestricted Content

April 28, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
May is show time for 500 Festival Inc., and the local not-for-profit should have more than enough gas in its tank to cross the 2008 finish line. In the past five years, it has doubled its budget, improved attendance--and quality--at its signature parade, and continued to grow the nation's largest half-marathon. But once the checkered flag flies, festival leaders will sit down to consider whether they can maintain that pace without losing focus.
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  1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

  3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

  4. Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!

  5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.

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