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Big Ten Network going great guns

September 13, 2010
Associated Press
In three years, the Big Ten Network has become a model for—and some might say the envy of —big-time college sports around the country. It's forecasting $272.9 million in revenue and a 36-percent profit in 2012.
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City lands national law enforcement convention

September 13, 2010
Indianapolis will host the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives' annual meeting in July 2015, expected to attract more than 1,500 visitors and generate more than $2 million in visitor spending.
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Downtown merchants want parking plan revoked

September 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
About 80 downtown business owners and employees have signed a petition urging Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's administration to nix major plans to revamp metered parking in Indianapolis.
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Indiana college students seek degrees that offer jobs

September 12, 2010
Associated Press
College students are selecting majors that will lead straight to a job after graduation and not into a field riddled with layoffs and unemployment, local college leaders said.
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Science, creativity key ingredients for Sun King brewer

September 11, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Watch VideoSince its first tapping about 13 months ago, Indianapolis- based Sun King Brewing Co. has generated a noticeable buzz—pun intended—in the craft beer community.
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New outlook for a decrepit city neighborhood

September 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Just a few minutes northeast of vibrant Monument Circle lurks the most notorious graveyard of Indianapolis’ industrial heyday—at least 70 of the city’s 500 brownfields. Now planners and developers aspire to revitalize the most contaminated neighborhood in Indianapolis into a success story.
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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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Indianapolis' 'walkability' touted to convention plannersRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Compact downtown is big selling point for sustainable-minded planners.
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Emmis' Smulyan wants FM radio tuners in cell phonesRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Congress is expected this fall to debate the idea of mandating the inclusion of tuners, a move that could boost the struggling radio industry.
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Machine-tool maker Hurco hopes trade show sparks salesRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-based maker of computerized metal-cutting tools piled up record profits in fiscal years 2005 through 2008, but now is trying to leave behind a second year of losses.
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E-mail marketer ExactTarget taking more downtown spaceRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
The company has inked a deal to take the entire seventh floor of the Century Building at 36 S. Pennsylvania St., and may take additional space on two other floors.
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Clarian expanding neurosurgery unit, aiming for national draw

September 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
Methodist Hospital is spending $27 million to renovate its neurosurgery suites as the centerpiece of a big expansion its owner, Clarian Health, hopes will create nearly 1,200 jobs over the next decade and vault Methodist into the top 10 neurosurgery sites in the nation.
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New businesses follow the rooftopsRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Norm Heikens
Indianapolis and surrounding counties have continued to show growth in the number of businesses during the recession.
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On-site health care clinics moving beyond traditional settingsRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
Health clinics based in employers' offices are showing signs of breaking out of their niche among blue collar and government employers—factories, warehouses and school corporations—and could pop up in Class A office buildings filled with white collar workers.
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Lilly wins reversal of class action in Zyprexa suit

September 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
A U.S. appeals court in New York threw out a September 2008 ruling that said plaintiffs could pursue as a group claims that Zyprexa marketing caused them to pay more for the drug than what it was worth. The plaintiffs were seeking $6.8 billion in damages.
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JD Norman reaching GM workers through mail

September 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The UAW's regional office appears to be arranging a contract vote by mail-in ballot. Word on the shop floor is that a ballot will accompany a new proposal, which includes $70,000 cash for union members who work for JD Norman for two years. The offer is double the amount in a previous proposal.
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Airport chief out of running for Atlanta job

September 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
John Clark III, executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the top position at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport.
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United Way teams with Colts for fundraising campaign

September 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
United Way of Central Indiana will appeal to Colts fandom this fall as it tries to meet an all-time high fundraising goal of $41 million. In a first-time partnership with the agency, the Colts are sponsoring giveaways that will be available to anyone who donates.
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Law firm moving to Carmel City Center

September 10, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP announced Friday it will move 39 employees from Keystone Crossing to a new Carmel headquarters as part of a growth plan that could include a downtown Indianapolis location.
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JW Marriott picks top chef

September 10, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A former executive chef at an upscale Louisville hotel will lead culinary operations at the 1,005-room JW Marriott, which will feature two major restaurants and 100,000 square feet of catering space.
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Canadian company buying 12 Crystal Flash stores

September 10, 2010
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said on Friday that it expects to complete the acquisition of a dozen Indianapolis stores this month. Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator in North America.
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INSIDE DISH: Sun King brewery blazes past initial sales goals

September 10, 2010
Mason King
Sun King Watch VideoFounded in 2008, Indy's first production brewery in decades already has blitzed five-year goals and plans to ramp up capacity to as much as 12,000 barrels per year, says co-owner Clay Robinson.
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Beck's Superior Hybrids plans $24.5M expansion

September 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Hamilton County seed company has plans to expand its facilities, creating as many as 72 jobs over the next five years, state economic development officials said Friday morning.
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Former bank exec receives 22-month sentence

September 9, 2010
Robert E. Tolle pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court of making fraudulent bank entries while serving as a loan officer at the Indianapolis office of Evansville-based Old National Bank.
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UPDATE: Large debt load will continue to weigh on Emmis

September 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Emmis, which has been awash in red ink, must contend with more than $340 million in debt after CEO Jeff Smulyan failed in his attempt to purchase the company and take it private.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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