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ROSE awards ceremonies honor hospitality workers: Eleven employees commended for top-level serviceRestricted Content

April 2, 2007
Staff Report
After the passing of the restaurant's general manager, "Mama" stepped into the grief-filled void, providing leadership while consoling the staff. During a charity silent auction, Camerone auctioned off herself as an inhome chef for an evening. She ended up generating the most proceeds, enough to make a dream come true for a child during the Make-a-Wish Telethon. Pamela Evans, customer service agent, American Airlines Evans is a customer service agent for American Airlines and her territory often can be among...
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SPORTS: Checking in with little brother at the Pacers front officeRestricted Content

April 2, 2007
Bill Benner
It is no secret that I share the same last name with David Benner, the director of media relations for the Indiana Pacers. We also share a mother (who still likes me best), a father, a brother, a sister, a "Bob & Tom Show" parody and-long, long ago-a bedroom in our farmhouse down in Center Grove. It's funny how it all works out. David followed me into the newspaper business at The Indianapolis Star, which he joined as a copy...
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Champ Car spinning its wheels: Open-wheel series facing many questions heading into 2007 seasonRestricted Content

April 2, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
What was supposed to be a breakthrough year for the Champ Car racing series is looking like a season of more pain than gain even before the first green flag has dropped. A little more than a week before the season opener April 8 in Las Vegas, the openwheel race series had no confirmed car count, fewer sponsors than usual, and a lack of continuity in race schedule and television broadcasts that jeopardizes its fan base. The series bought four...
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SPORTS: A tribute to the sportswriter who took a chance on meRestricted Content

March 26, 2007
Bill Benner
Most of us have those "who-knows" people in our lives. Meaning, "who knows" what might have become of us had these people not come into our lives. P r o f e s s i o n a l l y, right at the top of my list is Cyrus W. "Cy" McBride. Cy died last week in Montgomery, Ala. He was 78. I would be remiss if I let his passing go without sharing the profound impact he had....
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SPORTS: Time to honor a man who bleeds high school basketballRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
Bill Benner
About a year ago, we had to move my wife's father into an assisted-living facility and sell his home in LaPorte. That also meant going through his many possessions and determining what were keepsakes. My father-in-law, John Parker Jr., always has been a huge fan of Indiana high school basketball, and he spoke proudly of the many times he made the drive down to Indianapolis to witness the State Finals. Lo and behold, as we rummaged through boxes and drawers,...
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Pledge blitz buoys Bowl bidRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The team leading Indianapolis' bid to host the 2011 Super Bowl is calling on the corporate community to get in the game fast. More than a dozen business leaders are rushing to raise $25 million before May 23, when NFL owners are expected to select a host city from hopefuls Indianapolis; Dallas; and Glendale, Ariz.
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PROFILE: ELIZABETH HAHN ELLIS: Love of sports, organization really 'peying' off Foundation director coordinates philanthropic moves for Colts quarterback Peyton ManningRestricted Content

March 12, 2007
Della Pacheco
PROFILE ELIZABETH HAHN ELLIS Love of sports, organization really 'peying' off Foundation director coordinates philanthropic moves for Colts quarterback Peyton Manning There's hardly a Hoosier today who hasn't heard of Peyton Manning and his amazing plays on the field. But quietly coordinating the philanthropic plays behind the scenes for Manning's PeyBack Foundation is Indianapolis native Elizabeth Hahn Ellis. As executive director of the 7-year-old charitable foundation, Ellis, 36, deftly fields requests from not-forprofit organizations seeking grants, contributions from individuals and...
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Commentary: How to improve Indy's 2011 Super BowlRestricted Content

March 12, 2007
Brian Williams
Feb. 4, 2007, will be a day fondly remembered in Indianapolis for generations to come. It was the day the Indianapolis Colts emerged victorious from Super Bowl XLI. The Super Bowl media exposure, combined with the city's proud history of organizing and hosting some of the world's largest sporting events, should position us well to serve as host for the 2011 Super Bowl. Already, a host committee has been formed and seed funds committed. The General Assembly has passed legislation...
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SPORTS: Rome won't burn if we remember to stick togetherRestricted Content

March 12, 2007
Bill Benner
Recently, I attended a Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Seminar at the Downtown Marriott. Members of the socalled "City Committee"-a group that convened three decades ago to brainstorm and map the future of India n a p o l i s - w e r e addressing younger professionals who well could be involved in determining the direction for our city over the next 30 years. Louis Mahern, who was then a leading state Democratic senator helping to push bipartisan support...
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NFL Combine could leave Indianapolis after 20-plus years: Event organizers want better deal after 2008Restricted Content

March 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Despite moving their headquarters from Tulsa to Indianapolis last year, the organizers of the NFL Scouting Combine said the event could move following 2008. "We're still in the midst of data collection, so it's difficult to evaluate this year's event," said Jeffrey Foster, president of National Invitational Camp, which runs the Combine from its office at Pan Am Plaza. While the primary concern of agents and players-the speed of the 40-yard dash track-was worked out, a new set of concerns...
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SPORTS: Here's Bird's take on the Pacers' fall from graceRestricted Content

March 5, 2007
Bill Benner
Timing is everything, which meant I was in the caboose of the media train that rolled through Larry Bird's office recently. So by the time I sat down with the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations, Bird had pretty much heard, and answered, every question with regard to the frustrating state of our NBA franchise. There's no pretty picture to be painted: The off-court incidents, first at the infamous Club Rio during training camp, then at the Eight Seconds Saloon;...
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SPORTS: Here's how a referee makes the hall of fameRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
Bill Benner
As the boys' and girls' high school swimming seasons come to a close, my thoughts turn to a man who in April will be inducted into the first class of the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. It's notable because this person never swam a competitive lap in his life. That said, I can't think of anyone more deserving. In the big picture of local sports-where the major leaguers and the major colleges reside-not many have heard...
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NBA set to OK more revenue sharingRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
A push from Indiana Pacers co-owner Herb Simon and seven other National Basketball Association owners is spurring league officials to adopt broader revenue-sharing measures. But those measures might not be enough to pull the Pacers out of the red.
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MICKEY MAURER Commentary: Nothing new in athletes misbehavingRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
There were lots of empty seats at Conseco Fieldhouse the other night. It seems thousands of fans of professional basketball in Indiana are no longer "ready to rumble." At this rate, Pacers leaping into the stands will have no one left to cold-cock. Local media has exacerbated the situation by an ad nauseam comparison of the world champion Indianapolis Colts to the Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately for the Pacers, the Super Bowl and the latest melee occurred within hours of each...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Snowstorms make you wonderRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary Snowstorms make you wonder Television weatherpeople are weird creatures, and I mean that in the nicest way. I know a few of them, and they are very fine individuals. But while most folks get anxious over "weather events" like Feb. 13's snowstorm, TV weatherpeople get excited, downright giddy. Their eyes gleam with intensity. They become more animated. Their nervous systems crank to high alert. They are like the veritable kid in the candy store. Weather events are...
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SPORTS: Sports media turns blind eye to coaches of faithRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Bill Benner
In today's America, the separation (or lack thereof) of church and state is a political lightning rod. The separation of church and sports is not of concern. That's because the media already has taken care of it. In the sports media, references to religion in general or of a higher being in particular are not welcome. For athletes or coaches to say their success has come from the gifts given to them by their Creator does not compute in the...
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Squabble threatens ABA's credibilityRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Rival board members are at war over the future of the American Basketball Association just as the Indianapolis-based professional league appeared to be on the cusp of breakthrough growth.
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NOTIONS: If you want to be your best, Easy Street's a dead endRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
I've been driving around Indiana with my pal, the professor. For four consecutive Thursdays, we rendezvoused at dawn, grabbed cups of caffeine and headed to the northeast corner of the state to teach grant-writing. Our students, desperately seeking funds for the not-for-profit organizations they lead, were eager to learn and engaged in our lesson. The conversations en route were equally engrossing. We talked about our families and their health, our kids and their activities. We covered politics, sports and our...
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SPORTS: Pacers pull us back from Super Bowl's warm afterglowRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Bill Benner
Let's see now ... The city of Indianapolis announces it is formally pursuing the 2011 Super Bowl. Indiana University defeats second-ranked University of Wisconsin in Assembly Hall, ending the Badgers' chances of becoming the first team since IU in 1976 to go through the league unbeaten. North Central High School's Eric Gordon goes for 43 points in a nationally televised game against a Chicago high school team featuring the two sons of Michael Jordan, who watches from the bleachers. Butler...
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Exclusive golf club opens up--a littleRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Until now, gaining entrance into the exclusive nine-hole golf course built on 40 acres next to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers was as difficult as a commoner scoring an invitation to a royal palace. But admittance to Balmoral is loosening--a little.
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University Loft finds growing niche in hospitality industry: Indianapolis-based furniture manufacturer known for college products sees big potential in hotel segmentRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Scott Olson
The University Loft Co.'s graduation from dormitory to hotel-furniture maker is beginning to show promise. While the Indianapolis-based manufacturer's bread and butter remains campus furnishings, its decision to enter the hospitality market in 2003 has CEO James Jannetides thinking big-as in presidentialsuite big. In four years, the ULC Hospitality division has grown to account for nearly 10 percent of the company's $100 million annual revenue. Jannetides, though, envisions the branch's eventually contributing half in his quest to someday make ULC...
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Colts seize Super moment for marketingRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
With a season-ticket waiting list of more than 13,000--and growing by the hour--the Indianapolis Colts marketing team can settle into cruise control, right? Owner Jim Irsay thinks not.
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Super Bowl bid team more confident after visit to Miami: Civic leaders gathered useful info on 'terrific' tripRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Cory Schouten
No more. In Miami, the daunting requirements for hosting the game began to make more sense. The city's strengths came into focus. Extensive tours of the stadium, media center, team hotels and practice facilities, along with hours of meetings with NFL brass and officials with other host cities, left the contingent feeling Indianapolis is ready for a Super Bowl. The group hopes to raise $25 million in private funds to host the game in 2011. "It was a terrific trip...
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TO DO LIST: BUTLER BASKETBALL: All together now: 'Let's go Bulldogs, let's go!'Restricted Content

February 5, 2007
-Andrea Muirragui
TO DO LIST BUTLER BASKETBALL All together now: 'Let's go Bulldogs, let's go!' Looking for a way to satisfy your sports jones now that football season's over? Check out Indianapolis' other team-the Butler Bulldogs-at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The nationally ranked basketball squad is at its prime, and taking in a home game is an entertaining reminder of the good old days when college athletes played their hearts out for four years and communities came out in force to rally 'round...
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SPORTS: Super Bowl has special meaning for diversity watchdogRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Bill Benner
As this is being written, it is uncertain which head coach will grasp the Lombardi Trophy. Those of us here certainly hope it is the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy. If not, however, Floyd Keith of the Indianapolis-based Black Coaches Association still can't lose. Because the trophy then would be in the hands of the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith. As most of the world knows by now, Super Bowl XLI in Miami was going to be historic even before the opening...
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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