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One motorcycle race gained, thousands of seats lost: Speedway officials think revenue from MotoGP race will make up for Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 lossesRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The changes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course to accommodate motorcycle racing means the track's operators will forfeit around $500,000 annually in ticket revenue for the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. Due to modifications just south of pit road and directly north of the oval's first turn, several thousand seats on the inside of the first turn will be removed after this year's Brickyard 400. Work to prepare the track for next year's MotoGP motorcycle race-which includes laying 13,300...
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SPORTS: Awaiting a tainted 'greatest' moment in sportsRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Bill Benner
Do the words "integrity" and "sports" belong in the same sentence? Worse, does anyone care? By the time you read this, Barry Bonds, a Giant in uniform but hardly a giant of a man, may have become baseball's alltime home-run king. His inexorable pursuit of Henry Aaron's magical mark of 755 has been well-documented. So, too, has been the overwhelming evidence implicating Bonds as a user of steroids. Thus, what should be one of baseball's greatest moments is instead one...
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VIEWPOINT: Indy a home run for College World SeriesRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Joe Goode
As I sat last month enjoying my first College World Series week in Omaha, Neb., an evening game between the North Carolina Tarheels and the Rice Owls, it became clear to me that this nationally u n d e r a p p r e c i a t e d event would be perfect for Indianapolis. Or better said; Indianapolis would be perfect for the College World Series. Now, before CWS purists begin to chant "57 years!" "57 years!,"...
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THE TRAVELING LIFE: Start traveling now before it's too late

July 30, 2007
Frank Basile
On an Ambassadair trip to Athens, Greece, in 1987, one of the tour members suddenly got up from the breakfast table, saying he had to hurry to a class he was teaching that morning. After he left, his wife explained to the puzzled group that he had Alzheimer's disease, which was diagnosed the year before his retirement in 1986. She said wistfully that they had saved their money so that they could travel after he retired from his job as...
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Strides taken in life sciences, experts say: Industry panel: Thanks to ongoing efforts, Indiana has experienced serious progress as biomedical hotbed during last 5 yearsRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Five leaders of Indiana's life sciences industry offered their perspectives at the Indiana Convention Center June 26 as part of the Indianapolis Business Journal's Power Breakfast Series. The panelists: Mike Arpey, managing director of global investment bank Credit Suisse's Asset Management Division and manager of the $73 million Indiana Future Fund for BioCrossroads, the state's life sciences economicdevelopment initiative. Ron Ellis, co-founder, president and CEO of Lafayettebased Endocyte Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the treatment of cancer through receptor-targeted...
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SPORTS: A race with half the wheels could be twice as funRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Bill Benner
On July 16, I followed a caravan of about 200 motorcyclists from downtown to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As I climbed out of my car in the IMS parking lot, I heard AC-DC's "Hell's Bells" blasting through the loudspeakers. Just another reminder it's not your father's Speedway anymore. More to the point, it's not Tony George's grandfather's Speedway anymore. Think about it. No sooner than George and his IMS team bid adieu to Formula One, they said hello to MotoGP,...
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Chew-and-view eateries do not make a happy mealRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Tim Altom
Who asked for televisions to be installed in every restaurant in central Indiana? I've been to a lot of them, standing in lines, overhearing conversations with wait staff, chatting with the bartender, and never once, not a single time in my whole life, did any customer ever say anything like, "You know, what this joint really needs is a TV!" I can understand places where you'd expect to find TVs, and indeed where you go to watch TV on special...
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Retailer's growth plan boon for Plainfield facility: Dick's Sporting Goods' strategy to expand west will push inventory through local distribution centerRestricted Content

July 16, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Dick's Sporting Goods' aggressive nationwide growth plan will mean about 400 new jobs at the retailer's Plainfield distribution center, industry experts said. Last month, Pittsburgh-based Dick's rolled out a plan to grow from 309 stores to 800 nationwide within seven years. The plan includes growing from zero to 90 stores in California, two to 60 in Texas, and two to 40 in Florida. "Their expansion plans are so aggressive, they're eventually going to have to open another distribution center, but...
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SPORTS: Tennis tourney healthy but needs a new homeRestricted Content

July 16, 2007
Bill Benner
A significant Indianapolis sporting event with international appeal is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2011. The Indianapolis 500? Well, yes, that too. Far less-wellknown and recognized is that the origins of elite-level competitive tennis in Indianapolis also date back to just after the turn of the century ... the last century, that is. Records show that the Western Tennis Championships, which led to the U.S. Clay Court Championships, which led to the U.S. Hardcourt Tennis Championships, which led...
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Luring MotoGP may ease hit to Speedway if F1 departsRestricted Content

July 9, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Bringing MotoGP--the world's highest level of motorcycle racing--to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway could easily draw more than 150,000 spectators and net an eight-figure windfall for track owner Tony George.
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SPORTS: Pan Am Games was 'coming out' party for cityRestricted Content

July 9, 2007
Bill Benner
Twenty years ago, Indianapolis was preparing to take on the world. Or at least half of it. It was a month before the 10th Pan American Games. In my lifetime, I do not recall many times-if any-when there was such a feeling of collective effort. This wasn't a city rooting for a team, like the Pacers or the Colts. This was a city rooting for itself to pull off this mammoth undertaking, to show not just the country, but the...
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Commentary: We can learn some things from TurkeyRestricted Content

July 9, 2007
Tom Harton
Turkey isn't high on the list of countries Americans visit. Tell friends you're going to France and they congratulate you. Tell them you're going to Turkey, and they ask why. They might follow the why with a reference to the movie "Midnight Express," a 1978 film about an American's nightmarish experience in a Turkish prison. Midnight Express had such a negative effect on Americans' perceptions of Turkey that the man who wrote the book the movie is based upon recently...
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Lilly rescues tennis tournamentRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
A major sponsorship upgrade by local drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. and a quartet of new corporate partners has helped the Indianapolis Tennis Championships stem its losses after the departure of its title sponsor.
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PROFILE: Georgetown Chiropractic Clinic PC: Demand spurs chiropractor to grow clinic Massage, Pilates, yoga classes round out northwest-side practiceRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Jo Ellen
P RO F I L E Georgetown Chiropractic Clinic PC Demand spurs chiropractor to grow clinic Massage, Pilates, yoga classes round out northwest-side practice If life gives you a pain in the neck, chances are you've sought relief from a specialist at working out the kinks-like Georgetown Chiropractic Clinic PC. Chiropractic use has tripled in the last two decades, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. To accommodate some of that growth locally, Georgetown Chiropractic has doubled...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Long spoiled by low rates, nation now faces increaseRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Patrick Barkey
It wasn't long ago that writing an economic analysis column meant-surprise-that you analyzed the ups and downs of the economy. And if you came of age in the 1960s and '70s, there were plenty of ups and downs to keep track of. Volatility in just about everything was higher then, with strikes, inflation and more frequent recessions the order of the day. And even though that environment has changed remarkably since the mid-'80s, the habit of peering at the data...
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SPORTS: How much will we pay to watch IU, Purdue?Restricted Content

July 2, 2007
Bill Benner
It read, "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get." That's the way I feel about technology. For every step I take forward, I fall two behind. A couple of weeks back, my trusty home laptop computer broke down. So, nearly, did I, especially as I pitched myself into the world of repair (it could've been fixed, but it was price-prohibitive) and then into retail (did the salespeople notice how my eyes glazed over as they launched into their wi-fi,...
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SURF THIS: Put the i in iGoogle to personalize page

July 2, 2007
Jim Cota
"What's that?" she asked, looking over my shoulder as I logged into my Google account and opened my personalized page. When I told her that this was my iGoogle page, replete with all of the news, weather, stock quotes, information, blogs-everything-that I like to have at my fingertips, she was dumbstruck. "How did you get that?" she asked. I was dumbstruck, too. Is it possible that she-and, maybe, you-haven't heard about iGoogle? Well, that changes today, and you can thank...
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Commentary: Chasing after the younger crowdRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Chris Katterjohn
A couple of weeks ago, I ate lunch with an attorney friend who was telling me about his eldest daughter-born, raised and now living in Indianapolis. A 27-year-old registered nurse, she was preparing to move to Chicago because she thinks "there is nothing to do here" for people her age. This really hit home for me because I have two daughters in the same age range living here, and both are starting to talk about moving away for a while,...
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SPORTS: Hoosiers will finish the revival Coach Hep startedRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Bill Benner
It's just not fair. Life and death aren't always. Nonetheless, I consider myself fortunate to have been among those on hand this year for what was one of Hep's last public speaking experiences, at an NCAA function. Per usual, Hep was witty, inspirational and ultra-enthusiastic as he talked about his program. If I didn't have season tickets already, I would have rushed out and bought some. My last memory of him is a great one. I knew Hep going back...
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FUNNY BUSINESS: Biz buzz like "at the end of the day" puts me at the end of my rope

June 18, 2007
Mike Redmond
As part of my ongoing search for things to make fun of, I've spent the last few years collecting Business Buzzwords-Biz Buzz, if you will. I now know why they're called buzzwords: Because if you read or hear more than two or three in a single sen tence, you feel a buzzing sensation in the back of your skull. Followed shortly thereafter by a full-blown migraine. That is precisely what happened to me after receiving an e-mail in which two...
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SPORTS: Dome's days are numbered, but memories lingerRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
Bill Benner
You know you're getting old when you outlive buildings. First, it was Market Square Arena. I covered the first and last games there. Now, it's the RCA Dome. In the summer of 1983, I went along with my then-boss, Indianapolis Star Sports Editor Bob Collins, to the roof of an old warehouse on South Capitol Avenue. From that vantage point, we watched-in awe-as the roof of the Hoosier Dome slowly inflated. While some might have hoped, no one knew for...
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Symbol of YWCA's past may soon get new owner: Women's organization carries on without building; new mission focused on scholarships, mentoringRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
Chris O\'malley
The former home of the YWCA is about to change hands, but even without its own building, the organization once known for housing women plans to grow its scholarship programs and support other not-for-profits that advocate for women's issues. The 4460 Guion Road facility is under contract to be sold "and we expect to close on it shortly," said Greg Lynn, vice president of real estate for the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Lynn said he could not elaborate on the...
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Fascination with fans pays off: Fanimation's unique designs sustain company amid tough competitionRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Scott Olson
Try saying that three times fast. Or better yet, check out Frampton's eclectic innovations at the local showrooms that stock them. Frampton, 51, is president of Fanimation Inc. in Zionsville, a designer and distributor of custom fans that circulate a cool breeze in ways rivaled only by his collection of bizarre antique models that often provide his inspiration. Foremost among his unusual creations of ceilingmounted fans is the futuristic Enigma, which sports a single blade and was featured in a...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: How about a Frozen Four in Indy?Restricted Content

June 11, 2007
Many city leaders are looking for the next big sporting event to fill the void left by our failed attempt to land the 2011 Super Bowl. How about the Frozen Four in 2013? For the uninitiated, the Frozen Four is the hockey equivalent of the NCAA Final Four in basketball. It ain't no Super Bowl, to be sure, but the Frozen Four is an event that's come into its own. The last bid package to host the tournament drew a...
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Pacers put no limits on MorrisRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The fact that Pacers Sports and Entertainment has tapped Jim Morris as special adviser shows how daunting the franchise's challenges have become, marketing experts say. They say the team's problems on and off the court have shrunk its fan base and weakened support among business and government leaders.
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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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