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Repairs being made after Indianapolis crane crash

August 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Rathskeller opened for lunch Tuesday, and the YMCA branch inside the Athenaeum Building will reopen in a limited capacity on Wednesday.
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Noble expands into eastern Indiana

August 24, 2010
Provider of employment services for people with disabilities expands services to six more counties in an effort to grow revenue.
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ExactTarget acquires Australian distributor

August 24, 2010
E-mail marketing firm's purchase of mPath gives company a presence in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The acquisition is the third for ExactTarget in the past year.
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Oil, gas investment firm targets downstate potential

August 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Midwest Energy Partners will back two oil/gas producers. New technologies could stoke investor returns from wells in Illinois Basin, where production peaked decades ago.
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Industrial market shows strength but faces challenges

August 24, 2010
Tom Harton
About 2.5 million square feet of industrial space is expected to hit the market between now and the end of the year, most of it in the Plainfield area.
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Purdue University staff could get early-retirement offer

August 24, 2010
Associated Press
A university committee said an early-retirement offer could reduce salary and benefit costs, and eliminate the need for layoffs.
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Elwood Staffing expands with Alabama acquisition

August 24, 2010
Purchase of Multi Staffing Services Inc. in Mobile, Ala., enables Columbus, Ind.-based Elwood Staffing to grow to 45 locations in 10 states and to more than $200 million in annual revenue. Founded in 1980, the company has 22 offices in Indiana.
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Herff Jones buys globe maker Replogle

August 24, 2010
Replogle is one of the world's largest globe manufacturers and dates to the 1930s. The company as of 2004 had 225 employees and sales of $18 million.
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Plea hearing set for defendant in $880M fraud case

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
Prosecutors say 41-year-old Miami Beach resident Nevin Shapiro left at least 60 investors in Florida, Indiana and New Jersey with about $80 million in losses after his Ponzi scheme collapsed.
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Conrad hotel's Spa Chakra closes abruptly

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Conrad General Manager Greg Tinsley says the hotel plans to reopen the high-end spa by Oct. 1, after receiving notification Friday that it had closed.
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Three injured in downtown crane collapse

August 23, 2010
 Fox59 Report
Investigators haven't figured out what caused a crane to tip over Monday morning while crews were working on a chimney at the Rathskeller restaurant on East Michigan Street. Three people suffered minor injuries.
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WRTV GM stepping down, other changes planned

August 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
After 31 years with the McGraw-Hill Cos., the last nine leading the local ABC affiliate, General Manager Don Lundy is calling it quits.
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Arts funding maintained in proposed city budget

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Funding for city arts programs is expected to remain at $1 million in 2011, even as the mayor's budget plan calls for cutting $22 million in local spending. Funding for the parks department also should remain flat, at $21.1 million.
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IUPUI launches undergrad program in philanthropic studies

August 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy says its program is the only one in the country that focuses on philanthropy, as opposed to the more technical not-for-profit management offered by other universities.
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Indiana State Fair ends with slightly smaller crowd

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair has wrapped up a 17-day run during which officials say it drew 952,020 visitors.
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Feds take over $20M Irwin pension shortfall

August 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. estimates Irwin Financial Corp.’s pension plan is 56 percent funded, with assets of $26.7 million to cover $47.2 million in benefit liabilities.
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Financial records show Pirates win while losing

August 22, 2010
Associated Press
The Pirates, the Major League parent club of the Indianapolis Indians, made nearly $29.4 million in 2007 and 2008, according to team financial documents, years that were part of a streak of futility that has now reached 18 straight losing seasons.
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Urban schools gather momentum in Indianapolis area

August 21, 2010
Norm Heikens
Resurgent Marion County districts are showing up affluent districts in improving student performance.
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St. Vincent seeks growth in transplants

August 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
St. Vincent Health is moving aggressively to expand its transplant program in a direct challenge to Clarian Health's dominance in the field. The Indianapolis-based hospital system filed in July for permission to conduct pancreas transplants. And down the road, it's eyeing liver and maybe even lung transplants.
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Marsh taken off the market

August 21, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Marsh Supermarkets plans to continue investing in the local grocery chain after it failed to find a buyer for the chain of roughly 100 stores. Half of those are in Indianapolis.
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Casino operator Centaur aims to exit bankruptcy much leaner

August 21, 2010
Scott Olson
Centaur plans to sell a casino west of Denver and a stalled casino development near Pittsburgh.
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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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Pearl IRB first firm in state to pre-screen clinical drug trialsRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Two former Eli Lilly and Co. employees launched the firm that promises to attract more clinical trial business to the state.
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Lending overhaul could be trouble for ITT

August 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
New student-lending rules proposed by the Obama administration could wipe out as much as two-thirds of profits at Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc., some analysts believe.
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Popular toning shoes give big boost to The Finish Line

August 21, 2010
Cory Schouten
Despite controversy over whether they live up to their hype, so-called toning shoes—a category created from thin air just a few years ago—are flying off store shelves nationwide and are on pace to ring up almost $1 billion in revenue this year.
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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