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Historic windows join landmark listRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana has added four structures and an architectural feature to its annual list of the 10 Most Endangered Hoosier landmarks.
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Indy not-for-profits anticipate new service programRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
An AmeriCorps leadership program influenced by Michelle Obama's work in Chicago is headed for Indianapolis. The program, called Public Allies, would allow not-for-profit organizations to hire local young people, ages 18 to 30, for full-time apprenticeships.
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Prices salty and getting saltier at Indiana nursing homesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
The cost of nursing home care in Indianapolis is rising faster than in the rest of the country, according to an annual survey of long-term-care costs by Virginia-based Genworth Financial.
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Powerway finds its WaypointRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Back when the automakers were on a roll, Powerway Inc. looked so promising that a public offering seemed around the bend. Now Powerway itself is gone—at least in name.
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Longtime Fall Creek shop cuts baitRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Fall Creek Bait & Tackle is closing after 42 years in business.
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Men's hair salon on 86th relaunches under new ownershipRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
4:59 Barber Lounge, a high-end men's hair salon and spa across from Keystone at the Crossing, is back in business.
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Local marketing firm expands Dairy Queen coverageRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Optimedia Indianapolis recently signed a deal to handle 11 new Dairy Queen media markets in addition to the 23 currently held.
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Obama's reforms could bite LillyRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
When it comes to health care reform, Eli Lilly and Co. has its derriere exposed more than its drugmaker peers.
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Joy's House hopes registry will click with donorsRestricted Content

April 20, 2009

Joy's House has created a registry at www.spreadingjoy.org. Donors can choose an item as expensive as a new sofa, or as modest as a cookie sheet with the assurance that their money will be used specifically to buy that item.

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Indiana is first in nation for wind power growthRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
A report due out later this month will show that Indiana is the state growing wind power at the fastest rate in the nation.
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Aging building gets spruced upRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Another rundown building near the northwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets is getting some attention after years of neglect.
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Feature filmmakers ready for local shootRestricted Content

April 13, 2009

 A feature film—written, produced and financed by a locally based production company—is gearing up to roll cameras at numerous locations downtown.

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50-year employee leaves IMSRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bill York, who has worked in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press room since 1958, is no longer with the Brickyard.
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What computer problems? Customers still laud AnthemRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Despite a year when it made doctors around the state boil with frustration, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield still outscored most of its peers in a customer satisfaction rating.
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Green Ideas and Network Event will promote the environmentRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
The Green Ideas and Network Event April 22 will focus on green/sustainable projects and offer advice to business people, students and the public about how to make the world more environmentally friendly.
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Local Conrad hotel honoredRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Conrad Indianapolis has been recognized as the No. 1 U.S. hotel by Expedia Insiders' Select List 2009.
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Dry cleaners offer free service in exchange for resumesRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
On April 14 and 15, locally based Fabric Care Center will clean and press one business interview suit for any job seeker free of charge, as long as the customer brings a current resume when dropping off clothing.
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Little Red Door experiences second recent change in leadershipRestricted Content

April 6, 2009

Little Red Door cancer agency is conducting its second search for an executive director in six months, since Mary Beth Tuohy resigned in March.

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Brand Acceleration expandsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis-based Brand Acceleration Inc. has announced an expansion of its service area to include the South-Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic states.
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Clarian ads win major awardRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis ad firm The Heavyweights and its local client Clarian Health have won one of the ad industry's biggest awards for one component of Clarian's "A Call to Change" campaign.
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Founders sell Greenwood firmRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The three founders of Greenwood-based Leading Edge Commercial Real Estate Services have sold the firm's commercial real estate division to one of their associates, Gretchen Radke.
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IRL signs major new sponsorsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
In the last week of March, IRL officials put the finishing touches on four sponsorship deals.
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IU hosts important conference on U.S.-China business cooperationRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indiana University on April 15-17 will present what might be the most ambitious conference all year on U.S.-China business cooperation.
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Izod rolls out Indy Racing clothing lineRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
New York-based Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. will roll out its Izod/Indy race-inspired clothing collection in Macy's stores nationwide in April.
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New galvanized hangers better for the environmentRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Fabric Care Center, a 49-year-old dry cleaning business at West Washing ton and Morris streets, is touting the benefits of galvanized steel hangers.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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