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Defunct ATA Airlines awarded $66M in FedEx lawsuit

October 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis jury has returned a $65.9 million verdict against Memphis-based FedEx in a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought in 2008 by now-defunct ATA Airlines.
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Female engineers appeal discrimination ruling

October 25, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Two female engineers who pursued a gender-discrimination case against Rolls-Royce Corp. for the past four years intend to appeal a judge's decision in the company's favor.
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GOP could gain quorum in state Senate election

October 25, 2010
Mary Dieter
Indiana Senate Democrats, long considered the last bastion of liberal thought in state government, are in danger of becoming politically irrelevant after the Nov. 2 election—something they say would disenfranchise nearly 2 million Hoosiers who live in their districts.
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Some council members still unsure about CIB budget

October 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Capital Improvement Board’s controversial spending plan will face its final trial Monday night as the City-County Council takes up the city’s $1.1 billion budget for next year.
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Local Raytheon operation lands $47M Army contract

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Indianapolis won a $47 million deal to make infrared systems for U.S. Army armored vehicles, continuing a string of sizable military contracts it has scored this year.
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N.Y. attorney general sues FedEx over driver status

October 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Memphis, Tenn.-based company, which has a distribution hub in Indianapolis, says its contract-driver model is legal and was approved for tax purposes by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1994.
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Indiana will spend $77 million to reduce impact of new I-69

October 23, 2010
Associated Press
Environmentalists not impressed, say state is doing the minimum to comply with federal law.
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Old-school costume shop survives new competition

October 23, 2010
Sam Brattain
Costumes by Margie isn’t a strip mall box store full of packaged—and disposable—costumes for sale. The shop has a variety of clothing and accessories for rent and a staff, including owner Cheryl Harmon, ready to help put together whatever disguise a customer can dream up.
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Farmland sales go flat in suburban Indianapolis

October 23, 2010
Scott Olson
The real estate bust and a drought in transactions make values all but impossible to gauge.
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Builder's lakeside home defies rustic expectationsRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Katie Maurer
Sparse interiors, vast windows and thoughtfully placed artwork define the look and feel of the Sundstrom home. Their minimalist approach gives top billing to the view and natural surroundings that originally persuaded the couple to relocate.
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Indianapolis-area experts see bright spots amid ongoing real estate weaknessRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Health care shows signs of life, and multi-family buildings continue to hold their own, experts said during a recent IBJ Power Breakfast.
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Prospects for City Market brightening at lastRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
New tenants include fresh-item vendors such as a florist and produce shop, in addition to more healthful prepared foods such as juice, crepes and freshly prepared soup.
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Developer tied to Ponzi slides into bankruptcyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sydney "Jack" Williams earned commissions by persuading dozens of investors, many with Indiana ties, to lend millions of dollars to a business that turned out to be fake.
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Biglari shakes up Steak n Shake building formatRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Cory Schouten
The new prototype design for Steak n Shake restaurants will be smaller, featuring sections of floor-to-ceiling glass and an exterior that throws off a retro vibe, its signage attached to a protruding fin.
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Bird still has boss' support, but also plenty of critics

October 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
This year might be Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird's last shot to show that his skill assembling a team is on par with his talent as a player and coach.
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New tool shuffles radio ratingsRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A new method of measuring radio listening habits has shaken up local station ratings, sending radio operators scrambling to re-evaluate formats and ad pricing.
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Tax caps give township reform effort new lifeRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A push to eliminate township government will return to the Statehouse next year—this time with a better shot at success. Township reforms, which have been vigorously debated but never passed, have been touted as a way to make government more cost-effective.
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Museum revamping security strategy to save moneyRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A security overhaul at the Indianapolis Museum of Art promises to be more effective while saving the cash-strapped museum $600,000 a year. More than 50 gallery attendants are gone, and so is the front desk, replaced by visitor assistants, most of whom are local college students.
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State’s jobless rate dips slightly to 10.1 percent

October 22, 2010
Indiana's unemployment rate in September was 0.1 percentage point lower than in August and the same as it was the same month last year. But it remains above the national rate of 9.6 percent.
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Monday morning commute downtown could be messy

October 22, 2010
Motivational event bringing 13,000 people to Conseco Fieldhouse is expected to snarl downtown traffic during the early morning commute.
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INSIDE DISH: Entrepreneur eschews MBA, opens French cafe

October 22, 2010
Mason King
Emilie Watch VideoEmilie Myers is getting all the practical experience she can handle as she and her mother (owner of Zionsville's late The Pie Safe) try to push La Mie Emilie into the black.
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Gleaners Food Bank names new CEO

October 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
After a national search, Cindy Hubert, CEO of Indianapolis-based Second Helpings, will take the reins from longtime Gleaners leader Pamela Altmeyer in November.
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Analysts: Lilly setbacks might spur shopping spree

October 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
CEO John Lechleiter claims Eli Lilly and Co. isn't interested in big acquisitions to bolster its flagging drug pipeline, but its recently devalued partner Amylin Pharmaceuticals might be the right fit, industry analysts say.
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Analysts grill Lilly execs on strategy after setbacks

October 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
Wall Street analysts on Thursday demanded to know what new things Eli Lilly and Co. is planning since the company’s vaunted pipeline has failed to produce a drug that will boost revenue after a wave of patent expirations. The answer: Not much.
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Vera Bradley shares off to impressive start

October 21, 2010
Stock in the Fort Wayne-based company began trading Thursday morning at $16 but climbed as high as $23.90.
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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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