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Two central Indiana racinos debut amid tough economyRestricted Content

June 2, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
The next few weeks will be critical for the state's two new racinos, which need to open with a splash to meet their ambitious projections of drawing more than 3 million visitors apiece annually. Hoosier Park in Anderson will open June 2, and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville will follow a week later.
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Centaur tempted to buy Aztar casinoRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana riverboat casinos don't go up for sale every day. So when one becomes available, it's bound to spark interest. Hence, the dilemma facing Centaur Inc., the Indianapolis-based casino developer.
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Gambles paying off for Centaur CEORestricted Content

November 5, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Through persistence and sheer pluck, Rod Ratcliff has become a player in the gambling industry--one many businesses try to break into, most without success. On Oct. 30, his Indianapolis-based company, Centaur Inc., closed a $1 billion financing deal that will fund gambling projects in three states.
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Fantasy football leagues concern employersRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The kickoff of the National Football League season this month has many central Indiana employers fearful that fantasy will encroach on reality. The fretfulness revolves around the start of the fantasy football season, where fans draft real players onto make-believe teams and track their individual performances via organized Web sites.
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Indiana Downs buyout nearing finish lineRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
The high-stakes competition for control of Indiana Downs has entered the homestretch. And South Bend-based Oliver Racing LLC is poised to win.
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Horse track owners vie for controlRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's two horse tracks could change hands as investors race to come up with the $250 million required to add thousands of slot machines. The steep cost of a state license combined with the potential of a lucrative payoff has stakeholders in Shelbyville-based Indiana Downs and Anderson-based Hoosier Park jockeying for position.
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Racinos may push gambling's limitsRestricted Content

May 14, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
During their first half-decade in operation, the state's casino slots machines grew their total sales to $22 billion, according to Indiana Gaming Commission records. But in the last five years, slot sales grew just 18 percent, reaching $25.9 billion in 2006. That's what business textbooks call a maturing market.
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Off to slow start, French Lick fears threat from 'racinos'Restricted Content

February 26, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
French Lick Resorts & Casino is already struggling, less than four months after its launch. And the casino's owners are downright terrified legislators soon will allow both of the state's horse-racing tracks to become "racinos" and add up to 5,000 slot machines.
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Chamber of Commerce explores casino recommendationRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
To shore up local government's enormous financial shortfalls, the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce has begun investigating whether it wants to push for a downtown casino--a politically explosive idea that would face widespread opposition.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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