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Williams Realty founder pleads the Fifth in Ponzi case

September 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
A former Indianapolis developer accused of luring more than a dozen Hoosiers into a $900 million Ponzi scheme invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 850 times when questioned under oath in Florida.
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As Sardar Biglari stirs controversy, Steak n Shake hums alongRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Greg Andrews
Sardar Biglari has a penchant for self-promotion. But he's also making a good case for his management skills.
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Dan Laikin sentenced to 45 months in Lampoon fraud

September 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
The sentence was short of the 60-month maximum Laikin could have received under a plea agreement worked out with federal prosecutors last fall.
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Fair Finance co-owner Cochran uses forceful defense

September 4, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's partner in a failed Akron, Ohio, company says a trustee has nothing to back up his allegations of fraud.
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Sarbanes-Oxley co-author speaking at INVESTIndiana conference

September 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Former Ohio congressman Michael G. Oxley will join Gov. Mitch Daniels as a speaker at the event.
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SKARBECK: Cheerleaders and analysts share optimistic outlooks

September 4, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
A recent report from the consulting and research firm McKinsey & Co. detailed the propensity for investment firm analysts to repeatedly issue excessively optimistic earnings forecasts.
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New IU program lets students invest $100,000

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Kelley School of Business Dean Dan Smith said a $100,000 donation from two IU alumni will provide a hands-on learning opportunity for students.
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Endocyte's $86M IPO plan a boon for Indiana, investors

August 28, 2010
Greg Andrews
Venture capitalists in Indiana and nationally have thrown money at the company with abandon. Local investors include CID Capital, Clarian Health Ventures and the Indiana Future Fund.
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Kirr Marbach & Co. mutual fund among nation's best performers

August 21, 2010
Among value funds that include companies of varying sizes, the performance of the Kirr Marbach Partners Value Fund ranks No. 2 out of 357 similar funds.
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SKARBECK: Investors may miss mark by switching to bonds

August 21, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
It seems more likely that bond investors today are making the same mistake stock investors made back at the peak of the stock-market bubble.
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Hamilton County woman pleads guilty to securities fraud

August 19, 2010
Dorothy Geisler-Tragardh, who had been a partner in a clean-coal energy company called Praxis Resource Partners LLC, was accused of running a stock-sale scheme in which she took nearly $2 million from investors.
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Fair Finance trustee finds lots of debts, few assets

August 14, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham, Fair’s co-owner and CEO, burned through staggering sums on a lavish lifestyle, loans and gifts to friends, and loans to businesses he partly owned that performed dismally.
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Tim Durham closes New Castle restaurant

August 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
A sign on the door of Durhams Ristorante says the moderately priced Italian eatery will be "closed until further notice."
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Edward Jones eyeing Indianapolis expansion

August 12, 2010
The St. Louis-based financial services firm plans to add 62 branches within the next five years here to complement the existing 90 locations it already has in the city and surrounding counties.
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Judge refuses to unseal Fair Finance search warrants

August 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
Judge Sara Lioi ruled the right of access to search warrant records connected with an ongoing investigation is “not absolute” and not justified in this case.
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Finish Line founders giving up their extra voting powerRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Greg Andrews
The influence of founders’ families in public companies usually wanes over time. But few firms accelerate the process, as Finish Line is doing.
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Emmis delays vote on buyout again

August 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
As preferred shareholders continue holdout, Emmis postpones vote to take company private. Issue will be taken up again Aug. 13.
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Trustee: Durham used Fair funds for gambling, donations

August 3, 2010
Greg Andrews, Associated Press
The bankruptcy trustee said Durham spent $2.8 million on gambling and resorts, $3.3 million on interior decorating and $14 million on real estate.
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Hoosier firms find cutting costs no substitute for growthRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Greg Andrews
The gains amid economic malaise are impressive, but also unsustainable. Companies can’t continue to grow earnings forever based on cost-cutting.
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Local investors make big bet on senior housingRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
With the first baby boomers set to turn 65 in six months, investments in senior housing are heating up. A group of Indianapolis-area professionals—including Mark Waterfill (left) and Tony Schantz—have banded together to launch three senior housing projects around the state, spending $49 million and looking to do more.
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SKARBECK: Financial overhaul law leaves much uncertaintyRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
The public, to no surprise, is skeptical that the new regulations will succeed. A Bloomberg poll shows nearly four out of five Americans have little confidence the measures will prevent a crisis.
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SKARBECK: Short-term sizzle can't beat consistencyRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
To achieve outsized returns, whether in mutual funds or individual stocks, investors must avoid the hype and reliance on past outperformance.
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New Jersey names Indiana's Walsh to head investment division

July 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Timothy Walsh will take over a $68 billion pension fund, eight times larger than the $8.5 billion Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund he headed since 2008.
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FBI scoops up Tim Durham's car collection

June 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
An agreement with Durham's attorney paved the way for FBI agents to pick up 18 cars from Durham's residences in Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
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Durham attorney blasts FBI after vehicle seizures

June 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
Embattled financier Tim Durham's lawyer, Larry Mackey, said the FBI should have known a bankruptcy trustee had the titles. An attorney for the trustee said investigators were aware.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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