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Downtown development great for citizens, visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
The development of shopping, restaurants, museums, public arts and hotels downtown in the past 25 years has made Indianapolis a vibrant, more interesting place to live—and to visit.
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New IU athletic director vows to follow rules closelyRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Fred Glass, formerly a partner at Indianapolis law firm Baker & Daniels, wants to make IU known again as a university that strictly follows the rules and helps all of its student athletes to achieve academically and graduate.
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Under Armour to sponsor Lucas Oil Stadium eventRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The NFL has signed Maryland-based Under Armour Inc. as the presenting sponsor for the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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Glass will help IU athletics if he's allowed to do the jobRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Bill Benner
New Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass must return integrity to IU athletics, while being a cheerleader who believes in accessibility, focus and consistency.
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Keep Lynch as IU football coachRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
With all the disruption in Indiana University's athletic programs, Head football coach Bill Lynch should stay on and be given a chance to build a strong program.
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Diverse thoughts, backgrounds and experiences make organizations excelRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Mckenzie Scott
It's the diverse thoughts, backgrounds and experiences people bring that make organizations stand out and excel.
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Pacers cut costs, boost marketing to break even within three yearsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

The Indiana Pacers are ratcheting up sales and marketing initiatives while cutting costs elsewhere in an effort to simultaneously ride out the economic storm and boost attendance. The team has little hope of being profitable this year-or even breaking even, said Pacers President Jim Morris, but he added that within three years the franchise's financial status should be much improved.


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SPORTS: Tony Dungy is much more than a football coachRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other: It was my pleasure to co-moderate (with IBJ's Anthony Schoettle) last week's IBJ "Power Breakfast" featuring Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. This was the third year I'd shared the stage with Dungy, the Super Bowl-winning coach who most of us know by now is also a best-selling author, a man of deep faith, and a committed social activist, the latter best exemplified by his involvement with his mentoring program, All-Pro Dads. A Westin Hotel...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: Get rid of Lynch? IU has numerous reasons not toRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Critics are chirping like cicadas and basically singing the same song. One, get rid of Lynch, the sooner the better. And two, spend money, lots of it, on a "big-name" coach. If only it were as simple as the knee-jerks would have you believe. Perhaps they have forgotten, but Indiana has a lame-duck athletic director, Rick Greenspan, who won't clean out his Assembly Hall office until Dec. 31. A search committee is vetting applicants. I'm told there are exceptional candidates...
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Naming-rights deal puts Lucas Oil in competitive position

October 20, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Emboldened by the deal he signed to put his company's name on the Indianapolis Colts' new home, Forrest Lucas has launched an arsenal of creative-some would say unorthodox-initiatives to fortify his growing company. Many of them are designed to help Lucas Oil Products Inc. go head to head with the oil industry's biggest players.
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Commentary: White deserves praise and supportRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
Chris Katterjohn has the week off. In his absence, this column, which appeared on Oct. 2, 2006, is being reprinted. It's been a little more than a year since Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White took over the job of battling the flames at IPS. We should all be grateful he did. He is a special man. "It was like going into a burning house," White told a group of business leaders at a recent breakfast. "I don't know too...
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IP law illuminates growing field for women: Increase mirrors rising number of Internet companies and inventionsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Della Pacheco
But more than a century later, women are protecting more than their own assets-they're increasingly looking out for the intellectual property of business owners large and small. One of the hottest practice groups within law firms today, intellectual property law falls into four basic areas: copyrights, trademarks, patents and publicity rights. With the exception of patent law, which requires a background in science or engineering, no specialized undergraduate degree is required. Gary Roberts, dean and the Gerald L. Bepko professor...
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Sport Graphics diversifies with WFYI project: Former print shop looking to expand downtownRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
When WFYI-TV Channel 20 officials were looking for a company to help with their rebranding, they didn't turn to an ad agency. Instead, they hired locally based Sport Graphics, a company known more as a print shop and sign maker with a sports focus. These days, though, Sport Graphics is becoming better known for its creative work and relying less on putting ink on paper to bring in business. "Printing is a commodity, and there are people-regardless of relationships-who will...
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SPORTS: Crean and Hoosiers are a story like no otherRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Bill Benner
Last week, I attended a press conference that pumped the upcoming Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase at Lucas Oil Stadium Dec. 6. The Showcase will feature Indiana University versus Gonzaga University in one game, the University of Notre Dame against Ohio State University in the other. Name wise, it's a stellar lineup befitting the occasion: the first basketball games to take place in LOS. It's safe to predict they will be the first of many. At the very least, an...
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Pathway Productions gets new owner, new CEORestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Pathway Productions, one of the city's highest-profile video production firms, has a new owner, a new CEO and a new plan to blaze a trail to prosperity. Michael Husain, who founded the company from his basement in 1996, earlier this year quietly sold a majority stake to Mays Chemical Co. President William Mays, who in turn named Jerald Harkness the new CEO.


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Super Bowl group hires Sports Corp. official as CEORestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

The woman chosen as president and CEO of the city's Super Bowl host committee isn't exactly a household name, but those who hired her think she'll make Indianapolis the best host city ever. Allison Melangton, 46, is the first paid member of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, and is expected to throw planning and organization into overdrive over the next 30 days.


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SPORTS: Pacers look to their roots to reconnect with fansRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Bill Benner
On Oct. 8, the Indiana Pacers are going to treat us older folks to a nostalgic trip. They're going to take on the New Orleans Hornets in a preseason game at the Pepsi Coliseum. Before things like corporate naming rights came along, it was simply known as the Coliseum. It was that "other" basketball venue in town, playing second fiddle to Butler (now Hinkle) Fieldhouse. But when the Pacers entered the American Basketball Association and began dribbling those red, white...
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Greenwood company hits it out of the park: Big League Tours tripled its revenue this yearRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While most Major League Baseball fans are focused on this year's playoffs, local entrepreneur Glenn Dunlap is already thinking about next year. Dunlap formed Greenwood-based Big League Tours in 2006, offering group trips to big-league baseball games and other related attractions. One such trip took swings through games at Fenway Park in Boston, Yankee Stadium in New York, and the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Other trips hit fabled ballparks in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and San Francisco....
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SPORTS: Some stop paying, start playing when money's tightRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Bill Benner
Goodness knows, I'm not an economist. One look at my checking account would confirm that. So as my wife and I gather in front of the evening news and try to digest the ups and downs of the stock market along with our dinner, we, like most Americans, can only hope and trust (?) that our wiser (?) government and financial leaders will find a way out of the morass. We're luckier than many. Our children are raised and college...
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Will little transit systems make bigger footprint?: Study to look at economies, new opportunities to grow and coordinate rural bus systemsRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Chris O\'malley
They're overshadowed in all the talk of a commuter rail line and its cosmopolitan allure. And they don't get headlines like Indy-Go does when it launches another route to whisk Carmel and Fishers suburbanites to work downtown. But rural transit providers in the nine doughnut counties quietly generate economic growth by hauling hundreds of thousands of people each year in small buses or vans to doctors' offices, shopping centers and jobs. Suburban businesses have been grousing for years that the...
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Trio of leaders tackles new role at Sports Corp.: Long-timers tapped to mentor young board membersRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Three of the Indiana Sports Corp.'s highest-profile board members are stepping down, but that doesn't mean they won't continue to be involved in the organization. ISC President Susan Williams is tapping them to mentor the organization's next generation of leaders. On Sept. 24, at the ISC's annual meeting at Tech High School, George McGinnis, Michael Browning and Jack Swarbrick will be named ISC life members. They are just the second group of ISC life members named, and the first in...
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SPORTS: Time to deflate that which inflated city's imageRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Bill Benner
Last week's column looked ahead to the limitless possibilities of Lucas Oil Stadium. This week's topic is a last look back at the Hoosier/RCA Dome because, this Wednesday, the Dome will be deflated and it will pass forever from our skyline. But not from our memories. Imagine our city without it. There would be no Indianapolis Colts. There likely would be no forthcoming Super Bowl, no Final Fours and no NCAA headquarters. There likely would have been no Pan American...
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SPORTS: Venue menu could be as limitless as the sky above itRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other while pondering the fact that the Indianapolis Colts have not yet been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs: So I'm sitting in Lucas Oil Stadium before that seasonopening loss to the Bears and my mind wanders, not to the present, but to the future. Yes, the stadium already is home to the Colts as well as upcoming NCAA basketball, including a men's regional next spring, the men's Final Four in 2010, and the Women's Final...
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VIEWPOINT: Coach, teach, mentor, make a differenceRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Bill Ehret
I have in my desk a piece of notebook paper. When I unfold it, I see the handwriting of an early-teen boy. It's a letter of apology. The young man who wrote the note played on a middle school football team that I helped coach. A kid with a lot work ing against him, he was a likable guy who worked hard in practice. Unfortunately, he had trouble keeping his grades up. When they fell below eligibility level, he was...
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SPORTS: There's more than one new football field in townRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Bill Benner
Just a few miles north of Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts are to meet the Chicago Bears in their NFL opener, another new football field was seeing its first official action over the weekend. And yes, there is a direct link between the two, as well as the same sense of profound satisfaction that this new field, like LOS, will make a positive and long-lasting difference in our community. Tabernacle Presbyterian Church's youth sports ministry-our own little Miracle on...
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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