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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Colts lover gets a new heroRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
I was quarterback for the Colts once. I was about 9 years old and I was playing pee-wee football at Meridian Street Methodist Church. As all the kids gathered to be selected for a team on the first morning, I somehow finagled my way on to the Colts. I had to, because the Baltimore Colts were my favorite NFL team at the time. My hero was Johnny Unitas, thought by some even today to be the best quarterback ever to...
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Hoosier Tire still racing: For nearly a half-century, Lakeville company has competed with the big boysRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
When the rubber meets the road, auto racing experts say there are few-if any-companies that outperform Lakeville-based Hoosier Racing Tire. Hoosier tires, industry sources said, are equal to their better-known brethren in racing-related sales and on-track performance. "This company has gone head-to-head with Goodyear on the biggest of all racing circuits," said Dick Berggren, editor of Speedway Illustrated and a retired racer. "I can't think of a business where the costs of entry are steeper or the level of technology...
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Bar-restaurant is graduating to the big city: Scotty's Brewhouse opens first Indianapolis location, branching out from its roots in Hoosier college townsRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Justin Hesser
Scott Wise compares his Scotty's Brewhouse expansion to a washed-up college band that finally hits it big after 10 years. If that's the case, his fourth location-and first in Indianapolis-just might go platinum. Before it opened Oct. 30, Wise estimated the 96th Street restaurant would gross $3.5 million in its first year; it's already on track to reach $5 million. Wise, 33, tapped the college-town markets of Muncie, Bloomington and West Lafayette before taking on Indianapolis. He hopes the name...
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Pacers seek bigger share of NBA revenueRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana Pacers co-owner Herb Simon has thrown his support behind an effort to pressure National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern to implement more aggressive revenue sharing among NBA franchises.
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SPORTS: Butler's Bulldogs rule-and so does Marvin HarrisonRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Bill Benner
Talk about the straw that stirs the drink. That youngster gives maximum effort every second. And while it's early, I'd stack Graves and his running mate, Michael Green, against any backcourt tandem in the country. Though they couldn't come out and say it, the NCAA folks who now run the Preseason NIT had to be inwardly thrilled to watch Butler and Gonzaga University reach the championship game on the Madison Square Garden stage. Their rosters are filled with players who...
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Sympathy for New Orleans may ruin Indy's Super Bowl bidRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The stiff competition facing Indianapolis' bid for the 2011 Super Bowl just got stiffer. Besides Glendale, Ariz., and Dallas, New Orleans officials have told NFL officials and team owners they want to host the championship game again as part of the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
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SPORTS: Forget today-for now; Let's talk Pacers historyRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Bill Benner
In honor of the Indiana Pacers' 40th anniversary season, let's stroll down memory lane and gather some all-time picks: MVP: Reggie Miller First team: center Mel Daniels; forwards Roger Brown and George McGinnis; guards Reggie Miller and Vern Fleming Second team: center Rik Smits; forwards Billy Knight and Chuck Person; guards Mark Jackson and Don Buse Third team: center Jermaine O'Neal; forwards Dale Davis and Herb Williams; guards Freddie Lewis and Johnny Davis Best player that would have made the...
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Mellencamp a reluctant pitchman in Chevy adRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
U.S. celebrities making pitches for large corporations is nothing new. But John Mellencamp has been long known as an artistic purist with a disdain for commercialism. His debut this fall as a pitchman for Chevrolet's Silverado pickup truck has surprised many and touched off a torrent of criticism.
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Schools warm to economic development: Colleges crank out programs to fit latest initiativesRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Chris O\'malley
Academic purists often hold contempt for politicians and executives seeking help with economic development initiatives. It doesn't take a political science degree to wonder if someone is trying to stoke votes, ambitions or profits-on the cheap. But in Indiana, more colleges are tailoring their curriculum to support economic development priorities, realizing what's good for the region can be good for their enrollment. "An increasing number of universities don't view themselves as ivory towers anymore," said Uday Sukhatme, executive vice chancellor...
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RCA ends 15-year run as sponsor of tennis tournamentRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
After a 15-year run--the longest on the ATP Tour's North American Circuit--Thomson Consumer Electronics' RCA brand is ending its title sponsorship of Indianapolis' professional men's tennis tournament.
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SPORTS: You can't fathom 'the Luke' until you've been insideRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Bill Benner
Growing up, my brothers and I had the usual constructiontype toys: Lincoln Logs, an Erector Set, Tinker Toys and-if memory serves me-this kit from Kenner you could use to assemble the plastic skyscraper of your imagination. Among the things I tried to build, however, were gymnasiums and stadiums, because I always was fascinated with places that brought together large numbers of people. But since I had the attention span of a gnat and the conceptual engineering skills of an eventual...
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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Indy is ready (and waiting) for rapid transitRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
A new survey demonstrates yet again that community leaders recognize it is time to fix traffic congestion, improve air quality, reduce aggregate fuel use and enhance area accessibility. The study was taken last summer of 377 members of the Lacy Leadership Association, a group of local opinion leaders, by Walker Information, a local market research firm. More than 90 percent of survey respondents indicated that rapid transit is an important component of the solution to these problems. In addition, respondents...
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Speedway's windfall leads to speculation: Questions arise about possible new hotel, turn-two suite upgrades and acquisition of adjacent landRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's announcement this month that it would sell its stake in Chicagoland Speedway for $69 million has racing industry experts wondering if the famed Brickyard is planning an expansion. "There are a number of things [IMS President] Tony George could use that money for," said Dennis McAlpine, a New York-based financial analyst covering motorsports and entertainment. "That's not to say he's hurting for cash, but I believe he has projects on his plate." IMS and Daytona Beach,...
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SPORTS: Glimmers of hope give Painter a long honeymoonRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Bill Benner
In terms of a transition game, Purdue University's Matt Painter hasn't yet been able to get out on the figurative fast break. First, there was the year he spent as associate head coach during Gene Keady's long goodbye, when the Boilers struggled to a woeful 7-21 mark. Then, last season, when Painter assumed full control of the Boilermakers, injuries and suspensions factored heavily into a 9-19 record and a last-place, 3-13 finish in the Big Ten. And this year? With...
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Massive hotel project could advance without city help: Redevelopment would be on a smaller scaleRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Cory Schouten
Land near Victory Field could get hundreds of additional hotel rooms even if the developers that control the site don't receive city incentives they're seeking for a huge convention hotel project. Merrillville-based White Lodging Services Corp. and Indianapolis-based REI Real Estate Services are asking the city to invest $45 million to $55 million toward a $250 million campus of hotels on land that's now home to a 235-room Courtyard by Marriott and a TGI Friday's. If they don't win the...
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SPORTS: IU's Sampson prepares for his toughest audienceRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Bill Benner
CHICAGO-Yes, Kelvin Sampson has the job. It's been his since March. Nonetheless, the audition begins next week in Conseco Fieldhouse, when his IU Hoosiers basketball team opens the preseason NIT against Lafayette. Sampson will need to be into multi-tasking. Coach his team. Rise to stratospheric expectations. Restore reputations. Quiet the critics who can't get over the fact that he arrived with baggage that included more than his clothes. And, just win, baby. That will take care of virtually all of...
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Lucas Oil launches high-end motorcycle biz in IndyRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Little known in this market less than a year ago, Lucas Oil Products is roaring into town with its first brick-and-mortar operation. Founder Forrest Lucas has set up a sister company, Lucas Cycles, to make fancy, fuel-injected motorcycles.
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SPORTS: Football triple-header has its highs and lowsRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Bill Benner
There's nothing better than Friday night at a high school football game. Unless it's Saturday afternoon at a college football game (even if it is Indiana University). Or Sunday afternoon at an NFL game. Then again, how about all the above on an idyllic late-summer weekend? So, my wife, Sherry, and I set out for a tripleheader gridiron adventure. And before I proceed, let me say it's terrific to have a bride who will happily endure three football games in...
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Preparation is key to surviving disasters of all kinds: Financial experts offer tips to keep your records safe in emergenciesRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
Last year's hurricane disasters in the Gulf Coast region brought to light how easily and quickly personal financial records can be lost or destroyed in a catastrophe. While hurricanes aren't likely to hit Indiana, tornadoes, fires and floods are always a possibility, as are crimes such as theft, vandalism and identity theft. Financial planners emphasize that it's important to keep records safe from various disasters that can hit without warning. In fact, they say, it's good to have a plan...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: Little-noticed Horizon League prospers and growsRestricted Content

September 18, 2006
Bill Benner
SPORTS Little-noticed Horizon League prospers and grows From his fifth-floor office in Pan Am Plaza, Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone has a view of the Indianapolis skyline. His only wish is that the city would look back. Not at him. At his nine-member league, which will grow to 10 next July when upstate Valparaiso joins Butler in the league's Indiana contingent. Alas, it's a prime example of good news making no news. Or of the media, local and otherwise, determining...
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RCA Championships secures ATP support: Local tournament working on TV, sponsorship dealsRestricted Content

September 18, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
In the wake of rumors that a mini offseason for players could interrupt the RCA Championships' calendar slot, the ATP-the association representing men's professionals tennis players-has come out in strong support of the local tournament. "There's no uncertainty about the future of this tournament from the ATP's perspective," said Mark V. Young, ATP's CEO for the Americas. Young confirmed that ATP officials, who set the men's professional calendar, have discussed shortening the schedule at the behest of players, who claim...
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DIFFERENT TAKES: IS IT IMPORTANT FOR COMPANIES TO STAY LOCAL?Restricted Content

September 18, 2006
Mergers not only good for investors Keeping local roots is high priority DIFFERENT TAKES IS IT IMPORTANT FOR COMPANIES TO STAY LOCAL? When entrepreneurs or investors start companies, they do so with a goal in mind. That goal might be to create jobs, create value for investors or shareholders, develop local talent, build long-term capabilities for the company and the state's economy, produce a profit, or all of these. Chances of success rise as we embrace the idea of an...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Does the economy care who wins in November?Restricted Content

September 18, 2006
Patrick Barkey
If you ever visit Indiana's past through the eyes of our state's excellent historians, you uncover many amazing facts. To me, one of the most remarkable is this: In the 19th century, before the age of the automobile, mass communication and high school basketball, the voter turnout among Hoosiers in national elections approached, and sometimes surpassed, 90 percent. When you think about the sacrifice it took to get to a polling place in those days, that's an incredible achievement. Of...
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TOM HARTON Commentary: Crime takes indirect swipe at the artsRestricted Content

September 11, 2006
In Indianapolis, when the crime rate goes up or kids' test scores go down, it's not uncommon for people to point the finger at publicly funded sports facilities. "Our priorities are screwed up," observers opine. "We spend too much money on these playgrounds for the rich, and not enough on cops, courts and public education." The sports establishment here has been batting away this criticism for years. It goes with the territory in a city where sports is an important...
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BEHIND THE NEWS GREG ANDREWS gandrews@ibj.com: With Finish Line stumbling, analysts weigh sale, LBORestricted Content

September 11, 2006
Finish Line Inc.'s fortunes have dimmed so dramatically in recent months that analysts are raising a range of ideas that once seemed farfetched to boost the slumping stock. Among them: taking the company private through a leveraged buyout, or selling it to a larger retailer. The athletic-shoe industry is abuzz that an LBO for Finish Line's struggling rival, New York-based Foot Locker Inc., is already afoot. That company last month hired a financial adviser, just weeks after Women's Wear Daily...
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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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