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MAURER: My old wrestling rival kept winningRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Mickey Maurer
He was a tree trunk of a man who met my glance with a calm, almost disinterested glance—just another day at the office.
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MAURER: Live like humans and die like dogsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Mickey Maurer
We lost a member of the family last month. Casey Elizabeth Maurer died a peaceful death at her age of 105. At the end, her hearing and eyesight were vastly impaired and she was in constant pain. Her time had come.
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MAURER: My rascal cousin is back in spaceRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Mickey Maurer
At precisely 6:03 p.m. July 15, space shuttle Endeavor blasted off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center for its scheduled linkup with the International Space Station. My cousin, Indiana astronaut David Wolf, is on board.
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MAURER: Perhaps nuclear weapons in Iran finally will unite the Middle EastRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Mickey Maurer
President Obama was in Egypt last month to see the Sphinx, the Pyramids and other relics of a bygone age but, more important, to set the tone for a new age—according to Obama, “a new beginning” in relations between the United States and the Muslim world.
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Civility is admired in life and deathRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Mickey Maurer
What would you want said in your obituary that would set you apart from your peers?
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Fiscal crisis calls for drastic measureRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels will call the Legislature into special session to pass an acceptable budget, but some legislators think a budget that would satisfy the governor cannot be crafted by the contentious partisans in this developing fiasco.
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Good health is good for businessRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Mickey Maurer
In the last six months we have been concerned with falling numbers—sales, stock prices, 401(k) values, the bottom line. More recently, however, I have been concerned with rising numbers—blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate antigens, the waistline.
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President Daniels? Never say neverRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels would make a remarkable president. Governor/ presidentâ??it's the same game, just a different scale.
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Mickey's camp will offer thrillsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Mickey's men's and women's camps—open for registration on a first-come, first served basis—offer compelling speakers, fun activities and food from the city's leading restaurants.
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Excitement, perspective in TanzaniaRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Janie and I recently returned from a photographic safari in Tanzania with our children and their spouses.
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A post-stimulus survival guideRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Instead of waiting around for the state to save your business, plan strategically to survive.
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Celebrate contemporary heroes, tooRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Mickey Maurer
When it comes time to celebrate African-American History month, wouldn't we be better served with profiles of young, living role models we can talk to—heroes who can talk to us? Let me submit for your consideration Mercy Obeime.
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Papa's college funds hit the skidsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Mickey Maurer
When I read the year-end statements from the 529 College Saving Plans I had established for the benefit of my grandchildren, I felt lower than a snake's belly.
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Learning, not quaking, in IsraelRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Mickey Maurer
I'm in Israel. My wife, Janie, and I are enjoying the camaraderie of a group of central Indiana community leaders on a study mission sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council.
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Catching up with my columns from '08Restricted Content

January 12, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Each January, I reflect on a few of the prior year's columns. I'm always curious about the topics and people I have written about over the course of the year. I hope you are, too.
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'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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Conservationist awarded for his dogged pursuit to save endangered speciesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mickey Maurer
Through the efforts of The Indianapolis Zoo, the animal conservation world lasers in on Indianapolis every two years — presenting our community an opportunity to recognize and learn from a hero in science and conservation.
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Here are tips for small biz survival during recessionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Mickey Maurer
For small businesses to survive, they must be prepared to withstand economic difficulties for some time...
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Costumes for the politically astuteRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Mickey Maurer
 Whatever costume you wore on Halloween, let Joe the Plumber, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Tyrannosaurus Rex, President Bush, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Sgt. Joe Friday and other characters of this election cycle continue to spark a lively dialogue with your friends, family and neighbors.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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