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SPORTS: Indiana's 'Mount Rushmore' will try to fix PacersRestricted Content

April 21, 2008
Bill Benner
The first time Herb Simon ever met Jim Morris, it was to ask him for money. Fifty grand. To be fair, it wasn't Morris' money. It belonged to Lilly Endowment Inc. Simon was at the endowment, which Morris directed at the time, to ask for a grant to support the Jewish Community Center. He got the money. This past week, Simon had another request of Morris ... to replace Donnie Walsh as president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. Again, Morris...
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VIEWPOINT: Lest we forget, 'solid and stable' is goodRestricted Content

April 21, 2008
Tim Kern
"I moved to Indiana on purpose," I've been telling people since the move from Florida last August. The Indianapolis area attracted me and my business for a number of reasons-reasons which, I'm more convinced each day, Hoosiers take for granted. Someone might want to consider the good that's right in front of our collective noses: Unlike Florida, whence I emigrated, people here know who can get things done, where businesses are, and whose reputation is good. A state full of...
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Making Hoosiers more educated is a tricky task ECONOMIC ANALYSIS:Restricted Content

April 21, 2008
Mike Hicks
One thing that virtually every bit of serious research on education has revealed is that parents play the biggest role in educational outcomes. My own work in this area found that more than 90 percent of the differences in regional educational attainment can be attributed solely to the educational history of parents. Families play a far bigger role in educational success than any differences that occur across schools. So, what then does this mean for public policy? In my last...
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Commentary: Jim Browning, a champion of the cityRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Tom Harton
It was probably 15 years ago when Jim Browning called and invited me to lunch for the first time. I don't recall why he extended the invitation, but I remember from the lunch that he was interested in what I had to say. And that surprised me. I didn't know Jim then, but I knew of him through his architecture firm, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf. I also associated him with the group of bold civic leaders who came up with...
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SPORTS: Free throws, future Final Fours remain importantRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Bill Benner
Thoughts about this, that and the other after a much-delayed return (yes, my bride and I were among the thousands caught in the American Airlines travel fiasco) from San Antonio for the Final Four. I've related this story before-possibly in this space-so if I'm repeating myself, I apologize. I'm taking the chance that, if I don't remember, you don't either. In my driveway, I have one of those adjustable-height basketball goals. Years ago, several of the local neighborhood kids would...
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Colts could struggle with $9 billion NFL debt: Revenue hikes by big teams could skew salary capRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Small-market teams like the Indianapolis Colts could find themselves straining under the pressure of the National Football League's recently disclosed $9 billion debt, which is three times higher than Major League Baseball's and estimated to be double that of the National Basketball Association. Made public last month as part of a court filing, the NFL's debt encompasses all league and team obligations. Sources close to the league said it is tied closely to stadium building projects. The Colts, for example,...
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Building opportunities: CREW Careers offers girls a glimpse into the diverse world of commercial real estateRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Della Pacheco
While one college basketball team just completed its journey to a national championship, CREW Network's women hope they're on a similar winning path-a path to scoring parity in the male-dominated field of commercial real estate. The Commercial Real Estate Women Network is a national member organization dedicated to the advancement of women in commercial real estate. It has 66 chapters, including one in Indianapolis. In 2005, CREW Network completed the industry's first comprehensive study of the status of women in...
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Tampa Super Bowl looks to local firm for software: High-profile client could help Simply HospitalityRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Event-planning software developed by a local firm has been the backbone of volunteer efforts for the Men's Final Four, the Indianapolis 500 Festival and the USA Track & Field Championships. Now it will add a Super Bowl to its resume. The Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee, which is staging the 2009 NFL championship, will use Indianapolisbased Simply Hospitality's TRS software to recruit and coordinate the 6,000 volunteers it expects to use for the big game. Officials looked at eight...
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NASCAR ponders following IRL's lead with ethanol: Green marketing a major motivator for race seriesRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Racing League was the first North American race series to use an alternative fuel to power its cars. Now it appears NASCAR might follow suit-news that has the attention of race fans and sponsors alike. "We're looking at eight or nine different alternative fuels," said Andrew Giangola, NASCAR director of business communication. "Ethanol is one of the alternatives we're looking at." NASCAR has put no timetable on adopting an alternative fuel. Because the league switched from leaded, petroleum-based...
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SPORTS: Maybe Crean can help IU fans turn the pageRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Bill Benner
But a mess it is, one that won't be quickly eradicated. And we all know how patient IU basketball fans are. But an eight-year contract acknowledges that a quick fix is not the expectation. It also says-if those same fans are willing to listen-that the constant upheaval needs to be replaced by a consistency of voice-and excellence. "Indiana has always stood for class ... integrity ... and for doing the right thing," Crean said. Well, before it hired Kelvin Sampson,...
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Super Bowl bid committee solicits input through Web siteRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
The city's 2012 Super Bowl bid committee set up a Web site, www.our2012sb.com, in mid-February to encourage input from the community--adopting a more inclusive approach than organizers did last year when bidding on the 2011 game.
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SPORTS: Anyone glad to see Walsh go has a short memoryRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Bill Benner
Twenty wins in 1982-1983. Twenty-six wins in '83-'84. Twenty-two wins in '84-'85. Twenty-six wins in '85-'86. You think the Pacers are having a tough time putting butts in seats today? Today's problems aren't even close to those curtained-off Market Square Arena days of the early '80s when the average crowds dipped to as low as 4,800 in the '82-'83 season. It began to rebound only after Walsh took a chance on a marketing whiz-and exsportswriter-named Ray Compton and adeptly began...
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Simons won't discuss succession plans for Pacers ownershipRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Recently announced changes to the Indiana Pacers' front office leave questions about the team's long-term ownership unanswered. While Larry Bird, Pacers director of basketball operations, is set to take over for CEO Donnie Walsh at season's end, there is no indication what succession strategy, if any, exists for replacing team owners Mel Simon, 81, and Herb Simon, 73.
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Legislators tackle range of business-related measures:Restricted Content

March 24, 2008
Property tax reform took center stage during the just-completed session of the Indiana General Assembly. But lawmakers also grappled with a host of other measures with business implications. A roundup appears below. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT One of the session's most divisive issues-whether to penalize companies that hire illegal immigrants-died during the waning hours. Under the legislation, introduced by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, companies could have had their business licenses suspended, or revoked after three instances. The Senate and House passed...
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SPORTS: 'The Luke' and its potential are finally real to usRestricted Content

March 24, 2008
Bill Benner
And in less than five months-if, as we used to say in Center Grove, the Good Lord's willing and the cricks don't rise-it no longer will be just that mammoth structure rising between West and Missouri streets. It will be ours, and in that personal pronoun, I mean, sincerely, that Lucas Oil Stadium will belong to all of us, not just residents of Indianapolis and the contiguous counties who have pitched in on the funding, but to all Hoosiers who...
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NCAA, NBA forging youth hoops pactRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Professional and collegiate basketball are on the brink of a landmark agreement that hoops insiders said will change the landscape of the sport in this country. Proponents say it would be good for basketball, but others say it's an attempt to further commercialize the sport.
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SPORTS: NCAA tourney sure to have lots of Hoosier flavorRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other while sifting through the e-mails that made it clear many of you still believe the Indiana Pacers are the embodiment of evil and incompetence. Oh, well; I tried. It was just a few years ago, wasn't it, when Indiana college basketball was in a swoon? Now you see the Hoosier influence here, there and everywhere. When the NCAA Tournament pairings are announced, four Indiana teams-Butler, Purdue, Notre Dame and Indiana-are assured of being in...
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ICVA calls in headhunter to help fill top post: Experts say job should draw wide interestRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
A nationally renowned headhunter is tracking down candidates to fill the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association's top job in hopes of having a new president in place by June 1. Industry observers expect plenty of applicants given an upcoming hospitality building spree. "This is potentially the chance of a lifetime for someone to come in and make a huge difference," said Amanda Cecil, an assistant professor in IUPUI's Convention and Event Management Department. She called the Indianapolis market a "gold...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Governor gets his priorities rightRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Mitch Daniels has done many controversial things as governor. He leased the Indiana Toll Road. He got rid of the state employees' union. He convinced the Legislature to switch to daylight-saving time. He proposed a property tax package that has many popular features. He also has advanced various ideas, some good, and some less good that went nowhere. Now our governor has come forth with the most positive and important initiative of his administration: awards for academic excellence. As Daniels...
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Hoosier Heartland Highway pumps up hope on prairie: Expressway construction starting two years earlyRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Chris O\'malley
LAFAYETTE-For years, they've driven on little more than paved-over wagon trails pioneers carved into the hills nestling the Wabash River. Motorists on State Road 25 between Logansport and Lafayette have grown desperate for a replacement: the final, 33-mile western leg of the "Hoosier Heartland Highway." Today, the Hoosier Heartland expressway ends in Logansport-the western terminus of a newly improved, four-lane U.S. 24 that runs east, to Fort Wayne. But last month Gov. Mitch Daniels surprised highway proponents with word that...
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Oprah's beau advises struggling Pacers on image managementRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Best-selling author Stedman Graham says professional athletes should think of themselves as "a corporation unto themselves." Graham--perhaps best known as television star Oprah Winfrey's boyfriend--brought that message to the Indiana Pacers during a three-hour private seminar in late January designed to get the players to rethink the importance of their individual images.
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Students finding robotics irresistible: Competitions promote interest in technologyRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Scott Olson
On the same day this month when high school boys' basketball teams compete to advance to the state finals, another event showcasing the talents of Indiana's youth should be just as climactic. Only this contest emphasizes academics over athletics. The three-day Boilermaker Regional at Purdue University that culminates March 15 will host roughly 40 high school robotics programs, including 26 schools from Indiana. Students will apply their engineering and computer programming skills to design and build task-performing machines. The winning...
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SPORTS: In defense of the indefensible blue and goldRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Bill Benner
Yes, I'm writing about the Indiana Pacers. Their struggles-and, yes, the scrapes with the law and bad judgment exercised by a few-have exposed an ugly underbelly that says as much about us as it does about them. It's a cautionary tale for those riding-high Indianapolis Colts because (1) Peyton Manning won't play forever, (2) Tony Dungy won't coach forever, (3) Bill Polian won't be the decision-maker forever, and (4) the law of legal averages eventually will catch up to any...
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SPORTS: Memo to IU: Hire the right people this timeRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Bill Benner
Deadlines for a weekly publication are tricky. Sometimes when news breaks, you get lucky. Sometimes, you don't. In this case, forgive me if I'm a little late to the parade and-following the elephants with broom and shovel-to the sorry mess involving the men's basketball program at my alma mater, Indiana University. So, to sum up, this is what bothers me most: Everything. And who's to blame? Everyone. It's the culture. It's the media. It's gross mismanagement. It's poor hiring. It's...
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EVERYBODY'S DOING IT: SECONDHAND PROSE: Volume discounts offered at library saleRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
-Marc D.
EVERYBODY'S DOING IT SECONDHAND PROSE Volume discounts offered at library sale Inside Secondhand Prose, a CD of old-timey bluegrass music plays softly as a half-dozen volunteers quietly go about their business. They're emptying bags and boxes, sorting through thousands and thousands of books and stocking shelves in preparation for the Indianapolis-Mar ion County Public Library's next book sale, March 7-9 and 14-15. Six times a year, the library opens up its shop inside the Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian...
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