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Republic Airways buffeted by U.S. Airways pilot turbulence: Locally based carrier gets favorable ruling in one dispute, but remains mired in separate $1.2B lawsuitRestricted Content

December 12, 2005
Chris O\'malley
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has landed a break from an arbitrator who ruled the Indianapolis regional airline is obligated to hire no more than half the 300 pilots employed by US Airways' MidAtlantic regional airline, which Republic is acquiring. Regional carrier Republic can avoid higher personnel costs by not having to hire as many U.S. Airways pilots with seniority. The amount of the savings was not immediately available. But Republic remains a defendant in a complicated, $1.2 billion lawsuit that...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Economy is doing great, but what about next year?Restricted Content

December 12, 2005
Patrick Barkey
Here's a question the visually oriented news media face all the time-what does a strong economy look like? Belching smokestacks and humming assembly lines are the clichés of yesteryear, now that we've entered an era when knowledge and services account for more output than do physical goods. But somehow the picture of an office worker tapping on a keyboard or a group of executives huddled around a conference table doesn't quite convey the vitality and power of the world's largest...
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Star's weekly battles Nuvo for young readers: As Intake turns 2, independent tabloid fights onRestricted Content

December 12, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
Tracking the readership of a free newspaper is like trying to bottle a vapor. What's not difficult to determine is advertisers' desire to target young consumers. "Advertisers increasingly want that young, upwardly mobile audience," said newspaper analyst John Morton. "And they'll pay to be a part of a product that can deliver it." Central Indiana's two biggest newspapers aimed at readers with a strong interest in the city's night life and only a fleeting concern about long-term savings plans have...
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SPORTS: The season that should have silenced BCS bashersRestricted Content

December 12, 2005
Bill Benner
On a recent Sunday morning, the talking head on ESPN introduced NCAA Division I-AA football playoff highlights by saying, "And now let's go to the action from where they actually decide the championship on the field." Ah, how tiresome. How unfresh. How unoriginal. Just another shot taken at the Bowl Championship Series, another regurgitation of the media mantra aimed at the decision-makers in Division I who refuse to enact a championship playoff. So, this year, we must settle for the...
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NOTIONS Bruce Hetrick: Here's how to avoid a difficult taxing situationRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Bruce Hetrick is on vacation this week. In his absence, this column, which appeared on Dec. 10, 2001, is being reprinted. If I were a betting man (and what entrepreneur isn't?), I'd bet that you bought something from an out-of-state firm for yourself or your company this year. I'd bet that you logged onto the Internet and purchased new books, computers or pantyhose. I'd bet that you shopped via catalog for your niece or nephew, and shipped that tutu or...
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Clarian nabs UAC building: Hospital network wins bid for former corporate headquartersRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Tom Murphy
Clarian Health Partners is polishing a deal to buy the former Union Acceptance Corp. headquarters on North Shadeland Avenue, a move that plants a large footprint for the burgeoning hospital network squarely in a competitor's east-side back yard. Clarian made the winning bid for the 126,000-square-foot building at a Nov. 15 auction, but the sale had not closed as of Nov. 30, said Bob Getts of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, which ran the auction. He referred all questions to Clarian....
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Water treaty on tap: Mediated agreement calls for Carmel to pay Indy $36.2MRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Chris O\'malley
Carmel and its big-city neighbor to the south have a truce in hand to end a 3-1/2-year war over what Carmel will pay to buy Indianapolis-owned water distribution lines serving 6,000 customers in the Hamilton County community. The proposed purchase price: $36.2 million, according to documents recently filed with state regulators. Carmel officials say the deal eventually should improve water pressure and lower fire insurance rates, and make it easier to plan for growth. It also would give affected residents...
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Health discount cards spark call for regulation: State insurance group leads registration pushRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Tom Murphy
Some health care discount programs that can leave patients stranded with large medical bills have put Indiana insurers in the strange position of asking for more government regulation. The Indiana Association of Health Underwriters plans to lobby in the upcoming legislative session for a bill that requires companies offering health care discounts to register with the state. That would allow regulators to investigate complaints and pursue regulatory action if troubles arise with the discounts, said Shawn Gibbons, a board member...
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Under pressure?: Largest outside shareholder could be pushing Marsh to find buyerRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Matthew Kish
Marsh Supermarkets Inc.'s decision to seek a buyer might not have been made within the company's Indianapolis headquarters. It might have come from 115 miles away in Cincinnati. That's home base for the c o m p a ny 's largest outside shareholder, A m e r i c a n Financial Group Inc., an insurer controlled by the family of billionaire tycoon Carl Lindner. A source knowledgeable about the discussions said AFG, a Marsh shareholder for more than two...
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Pass the sushi, boss; it's time to celebrate: Corporate holiday events are less common, more funRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Candace Beaty
Surveys may point to a decrease in corporate parties this holiday season, but party planners say those who attend them are likely to have more fun. The trend is shifting away from stuffy, business-focused affairs. More parties are including live music and other entertainment, said Joe Husar, co-owner of Kahn's Katering and meeting venue Montage at Allison Pointe. Still, this year could mark the first decrease in corporate holiday events since 2001, according to a national survey. Eighty-seven percent of...
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SPORTS: Eggs laid in NFL preseason usually don't hatchRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Bill Benner
Thoughts about this, that and the other: By the time you read this, the Tennessee Titans may have sprung the biggest upset of the NFL season, rendering some of the discussion moot. Remember, on any given Sunday. That's why I always say that, in the NFL, every game is a big game. Therefore, that the Indianapolis Colts made it at least into December winning every one of those big games is an amazing accomplishment, especially when you recall the hand...
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Comcast is boosting cable rates for 2006: Annual price hike could be ammunition for competitorsRestricted Content

December 5, 2005
Chris O\'malley
Comcast plans to increase cable TV rates an average of 5.1 percent in its suburban Indianapolis territory next year, even as SBC Communications threatens to roll out a cable-killing video service via phone lines. Annual rate hikes by cable companies have become as inevitable as sitcom reruns. Comcast last jacked up local basic cable rates a year ago, by 6.5 percent. Although the 2006 increase is more modest, SBC already is using it in an attempt to soften up consumers...
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Lesson from Sony mess: Don't toy with consumersRestricted Content

November 28, 2005
Tim Altom
You know, I understand the need to protect one's intellectual property assets. I do. And I understand the frustration of those companies in the entertainment business that put out a product electronically only to have it instantly copied and distributed. But I think it's going a little far for a recording label to load a piece of software onto a user's computer that is supposedly only for controlling and playing a protected music CD, but actually hijacks parts of the...
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Industry races to promote itself: Statewide motorsports group hopes to thwart competition from other U.S. marketsRestricted Content

November 28, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
Area motorsports leaders are gearing up for another run at unifying the industry and assuring the region retains its status as one of the world's leading motorsports markets. Organizers of the latest effort promise they won't spin their wheels this time around. They're casting a wider net-going statewide with a motorsports association-to attract more members and build more clout with the media, local and state lawmakers, and service providers, such as banks and insurance companies. The Indiana Motorsports Association Inc....
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Underdog WKLU-FM rocks the rating charts: Independently owned radio station moves to third among coveted demographicRestricted Content

November 28, 2005
Candace Beaty
After a year spinning classic hits, WKLU-FM 101.9 is itself a hit among Indianapolis adults, moving up a coveted ratings chart and into the No. 3 spot behind longtime radio powerhouses WFBQ-FM 94.7 and WFMS-FM 95.5. The station had hovered near the 20th spot among Indianapolis listeners ages 25-54 before its sale to radio entrepreneur Russ Oasis in October 2004. "That's a fast turnaround," said Tom Taylor, editor of industry publication Inside Radio. After switching from an eclectic format, WKLU...
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Cable firms call foe a phony: Group touting itself as consumer group funded by biz giantsRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Chris O\'malley
At first glance, Consumers for Cable Choice appears to be one of those grass-roots organizations likely to have a framed picture of Ralph Nader on its wall. You know, the kind of activist group whose religion is social justice, whose bible is Mother Jones, and to whom eternal damnation would be to accept a penny from greedy and manipulative Big Business. Not so with Consumers for Cable Choice. The Indianapolis group that advocates more competition in cable and relaxed regulation...
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Marketing firm nabs big East Coast client: MillerWhite uses unusual approach to beat Massachusetts incumbentRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
MillerWhite LLC, a 21-person advertising and marketing agency with offices in Indianapolis and Terre Haute, is the new agency of record for Boston-based Ameresco Inc. Ameresco, which helps clients in almost 40 U.S. and Canadian markets reduce energy costs by modernizing infrastructure and managing power supply, is listed on Inc. magazine's fastestgrowing private firms list. The company, which generates annual revenue of almost $250 million, is poised for explosive growth, industry observers believe. Though financial terms of the deal were...
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Cumberland hoping to close its gap: Town seeks to unify its sides with new zoning guidelines for historic U.S. 40 corridorRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Chris O\'malley
Marion County's sea of urban sprawl laps up to the town's western border; subdivisions and cornfields snooze peacefully to the east, in Hancock County. "It's basically like a tale of two towns in one town," said Cumberland's planning and development administrator, Cory Wilson. But Wilson and other community leaders are on the cusp of launching a plan to unify the town of 6,000 under a common, historic development theme for U.S. 40. The new guidelines will apply to a corridor...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: Still haunted by the video clip that won't go awayRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
It was a year ago on a mid-November Friday night when we had settled into our easy chairs, watching on television as the Indiana Pacers were wrapping up an impressive and statementsending early-season victory over the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Mich. Then, of course, all hell broke loose and the franchise we had grown up with-indeed, all of the NBA-took a hit harder than any administered in the stands. In today's mega-media world, few events in sports history have...
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Indy's Wright of passage?: Conrad's renowned chef could beef up city's culinary reputationRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Matthew Kish
"It gives [Indianapolis] a big-league chef," said John Mariani, food and travel correspondent for Esquire magazine, when asked about Wright's arrival. "It's about time a city like Indianapolis has a restaurant of this caliber." Wright left the kitchen at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Delia, an executive with a restaurantproducts distributor, chose Indianapolis partly because she has business contacts here. Jonathan is accustomed to pleasing an eclectic range of diners. He...
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Lawrence, Crane build on base realignment: Economic developers hope to increase job countRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Peter Schnitzler
Now that Indiana has survived the latest round of military base closings relatively unscathed, state leaders are turning to their next task: spurring economic development around the state's two largest remaining military assets. After two years of review, the military's Base Realignment and Closure process concluded Nov. 9 when Congress allowed the BRAC commission's recommendations to become law. When the commission unveiled its recommendations this spring, state officials were relieved the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center in southwest Indiana would...
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ITT Educational Services rebounds from federal probe: With stock at 52-week high, company plans growthRestricted Content

November 21, 2005
Scott Olson
After rebounding from a federal criminal probe that uncovered no wrongdoing, ITT Educational Services Inc. is proceeding with an ambitious growth plan in hopes of building upon a bullish earnings run. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, which led the investigation into whether the Carmel-based private provider of postsecondary degree programs had falsified student records, acknowledged in June that it did not turn up evidence justifying the charges. "It was very, very disruptive and very distracting to the organization," ITT...
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WISH, WRTV look to profit from national TV ratings flip: Local news king, WTHR, deals with lagging NBC ratingsRestricted Content

November 14, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
Though television broadcasting is known to be a cyclical business, cycles that turn TV ratings upside down are unusual. With ABC and CBS overtaking NBC nationally, it is an especially interesting-and anxious-time for local affiliates. WTHR-TV Channel 13 has been the local news rating leader the last six years, but WISH-TV Channel 8 and WRTV-TV Channel 6 see this fall and winter as an opportune time to turn the tide. One week into the critical Nov. 2-30 ratings sweeps, ABC...
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NOTIONS: An interdependent interaction with Bill ClintonRestricted Content

November 14, 2005
Bruce Hetrick
A few months ago, Butler University announced that former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush would be among the speakers appearing on its Indianapolis campus during the school's 2005-2006 sesquicentennial celebration. Within hours of the news breaking, my niece, a Butler junior and political science major, sent an e-mail asking if I'd like to join her for the first of these appearances, the one by Clinton on Nov. 8. Having long ago rounded up my fellow neighborhood kids for...
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Ice Miller experiment turns financial corner: IMSS is only area sports agency licensed by NFL, NBARestricted Content

November 7, 2005
Anthony Schoettle
At a time when many sports agents are getting squeezed out by mega-agencies with Shaquille O'Neal's mass and New York Yankee-like resources, a small Indianapolis firm is becoming a real player. A curious experiment launched in August 2001 by local law firm Ice Miller has become a profitable venture despite long odds and a slow start. "It's fair to say that launching this effort has been harder than we thought," said IM Sports Services LLC Chairman John R. Thornburgh. "After...
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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