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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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IU offering master’s degree in event tourism

October 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indiana University School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI will begin accepting students for the program next fall. The chairman of the school says the new degree fits well with Indianapolis' mission to be a convention destination.
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Home Health Depot acquires Arcadia subsidiary

October 21, 2010
The division purchased by Home Health Depot markets and sells home health related items via mail and online. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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ITT profit soars despite drop in new-student enrollment

October 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
ITT Educational Services Inc.’s third-quarter profit of $93.2 million handily beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts, but the company suffered its first decline in new-student enrollment since the recession began.
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Lilly raises forecast after beating third-quarter profit estimates

October 21, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker reported a profit of $1.3 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 30, up 38 percent compared with last year. Excluding extraordinary items from a year ago, Lilly’s profit was up 2 percent.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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