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SPORTS: A 40-year hacker tries playing golf the right wayRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Bill Benner
Every December, my wife and daughters ask the inevitable question, "What do you want for Christmas?" I always reply, "world peace." Otherwise, I've been blessed with an abundance of stuff. No sense adding to the pile. But this past December, I actually got something that transcended a want. It was a need. Golf lessons. Like, from a pro. I've been chasing the little white pill around the pasture for 40 years. I'm selftaught and it shows. I picked up a...
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Big NCAA swim event might land in cityRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA is considering bringing its men's and women's Division I, II and III championships together for one big festival of swimming, and the IUPUI Natatorium is a leading candidate to be the permanent site of the annual event.
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SPORTS: I'm hanging onto my belief in honest outcomesRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Bill Benner
Other than the occasional NASCAR race and, notably, professional wrestling, I choose not to believe in orchestrated outcomes and conspiracy theories when it comes to sports. OK, I'm just kidding about NASCAR. Well, sort of. Anyway, I defended that belief even as I was being besieged by Pacers fans- back when the Pacers were the local team of choice and favor-who were convinced NBA Commissioner David Stern and his minions were preventing our small-market darlings from reaching the NBA Finals...
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SPORTS: Before ESPN, there was McKay and 'Wide World'Restricted Content

June 16, 2008
Bill Benner
It might be a bit over the top to say that a man I met only once and barely knew had a profound influence on my life, but that's how I felt about Jim McKay. Thus, when I tuned in to view the Belmont Stakes on June 7 and the lead story was not of Big Brown's (failed) bid for the Triple Crown but of Jim McKay's passing at the age of 86, I admit I felt a sudden pang...
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Purdue joins Conexus on manufacturing, logistics effort: University, advocacy group predict evolving industryRestricted Content

June 16, 2008
Scott Olson
An advocacy group formed a year ago to boost the visibility and growth of the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics industries has received a major lift from Purdue University. Conexus Indiana and Purdue earlier this month announced the formation of a partnership in which the university will lend its academic and research talents to the organization. The key goals include linking manufacturers with new suppliers, exploring emerging markets and supporting startups launched from university or privatesector research. "Conexus is very...
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SPORTS: Excitement-and fear-grows as Cubs pile up winsRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Bill Benner
My father in law, John Parker Jr., died this past March in LaPorte. He was 90, so he didn't get shortchanged in the longevity department. He had a full, complete life. Except for one thing. He spent virtually all those 90 years rooting for his beloved Chicago Cubs to win a World Series. As with many from northwestern Indiana-Da Region-his afternoon ritual, especially in his retirement years, was sitting in front of the television to root, root, root for the...
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Commentary: Smart policies can lengthen livesRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Brian Williams
Over the last 20 years, life expectancy for residents of the United States as a whole has increased steadily. However, recent studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have shown that not all Americans are enjoying longer, healthier lives. The implications of these studies are particularly ominous for Hoosiers. The disparities in life expectancy are most pronounced between richer and poorer Americans, reflecting the pronounced growth of income inequality the last two decades. In 1980, the most...
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Indy Racing League enters talks for new TV deal: Negotiations start this month with ABC/ESPN, but deal may be shopped to other networks to gauge interestRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
After the checkered flag dropped on this year's Indianapolis 500, the green flag fell on negotiations for a new television contract between the Indy Racing League and ABC/ESPN. The current deal doesn't expire until the end of next season, but the contract calls for the parties to discuss an extension starting this month. Sources close to both sides said ABC/ESPN pays the IRL about $10 million annually, but getting that kind of guaranteed cash beyond 2009 could be difficult. Still,...
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NBA revenue-sharing plan could save Pacers: Team could get more than $6 million annuallyRestricted Content

June 2, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers got an assist recently from other National Basketball Association owners that could push the team out of the red. In April, the league's board of governors approved a 63-percent increase in the amount of revenue shared among teams after a letter signed by Pacers co-owner Herb Simon and seven other small-market teams urged the change. The revenue challenges faced by smallmarket teams can no longer be ignored, said the letter signed by Simon in late 2006. Though...
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SPORTS: Open-wheel racing's full recovery still miles awayRestricted Content

June 2, 2008
Bill Benner
Well, to all but one sourpuss. "The [Indy Racing League] is garbage," said caller "Gordon from Zionsville" on WNDE's sports-talk show, "The Drive," on the Tuesday following the big race. Gordon was weighing in to denigrate the IRL and praise NASCAR. Back to him in a moment. For the time being, the IRL's competition isn't NASCAR. While overnight ratings showed the afternoon Indy 500 scored a bigger rating than NASCAR's prime-time 600-miler at Charlotte-and that Indy's ratings were up from...
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Not all feel need for 'Speed Zone': Speedway's $500M redevelopment plan is catching criticism from town's residentsRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Chip Cutter
Speedway may have been built on motorsports, but some residents think a $500 million redevelopment plan that would transform the small town into a year-round racing-themed destination goes too far. The plan, which involves 350 acres south of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has become the issue in town at a time when a certain race usually dominates conversations. At the cozy Charlie Brown's Pancake and Steak House on Main Street, patrons mull over the project in-between forkfuls of the diner's signature...
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We got game-what's next?: Super Bowl may require 10 times the personnel of Final FourRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While landing another Super Bowl may be a long shot, local leaders clearly intend to show what Indianapolis is capable of accomplishing. "Our perspective is that this is a one-shot deal," said local attorney Jack Swarbrick, who was part of a small contingency that traveled to Atlanta last week for the bid presentation to NFL owners. "But if we do this, and we do it well, the world will know we can do anything. If you're thinking of Indianapolis hosting...
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SPORTS: City's Super Bowl score was decades in the makingRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Bill Benner
Shoot, if I'd known city leaders were going to resurrect Dennis Hopper-Shooter, from my alltime favorite flick, "Hoosiers"- for the Super Bowl bid video, I would have suggested they also use Hickory High player Merle and paraphrase his memorable line: "Let's win it for all the smaller NFL-designated market areas that never had a chance to get here." Yes, we are the nation's 13th-largest city. Thank you, UniGov. But in terms of market size, we're 26th or so. Certainly not...
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Commentary: Putting rush hour on ICERestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
Last week, after spending $71.83 to fill up my car, I said to myself, "Tomorrow, I'm taking the bus." So I did. It wasn't my first time on the new IndyGo commuter bus from Carmel; it was my fourth in the last five weeks. On that particular day, I was fed up. It was the first time that gassing up cost me more than $70, and it made an impression. I guess that's what it's going to take for all...
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SPORTS: A smorgasbord of sports, both good and badRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other: Indiana University has filed its official response to the NCAA infractions committee regarding the violations allegedly committed by former men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. And Sampson has filed his response to IU's response. He believes he's been cast as a liar and a cheat. If only it weren't true. I'm also troubled by his complaint that the IU compliance staff didn't monitor the basketball coaches closely enough. How about some self-compliance, Kelvin? Fact is,...
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FUNNY BUSINESS: Begging for a Super Bowl: The ego and the bid

May 19, 2008
Mike Redmond
And so another Indianapolis Super Duper Bowl offering is in the hands of the immortals, also known as the NFL owners, delivered there by scrubbed, shining, briefcase-toting eighth graders. Now we know how far some adults will go to avoid rejection. The kids were chosen for this mission to, in the words of the organizers, show that the entire community wants to host the 2012 Championship of the World (Not Including All The Countries Outside The United States.) What a...
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Downtown firm specializes in unusual loans: Equities First Holdings sees growing demand for stock loans as tight credit markets make borrowing tougherRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
Scott Olson
With a cadre of six flat-screen monitors blanketing one side of his desk, Equities First Holdings LLC's Al Christy Jr. keeps a close eye on the performance of several stocks he's holding as collateral. No, he's not some sort of loan shark. He's what's known as a stock lender. The unusual premise is that market investors in need of prompt funding transfer shares to Christy who, in turn, lends his clients up to 80 percent of the stock's value, although...
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Simon, Morris turn up effort to make Fever profitableRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Fever could spike this year. Ticket sales, sponsorship and the local buzz about the team are on the rise. But perhaps most important, the Fever have key advocates in the Pacers Sports & Entertainment front office that the team simply hasn't had before.
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SPORTS: Making the case for a U.S. Open at Crooked StickRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
Bill Benner
Preparations are well under way for the U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel. Traffic and parking plans have been determined. They've identified the main entrance and the location of merchandise, media and corporate hospitality tents. Speaking of the last item, they're already approaching a sellout, but tents might be added if demand persists. Tickets have been printed and have gone on sale. The money necessary to put on such an event is being raised. They've even...
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Wheeler Mission backers to kick off fund drive: Push to address building needs, ease financial strainRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
In February, Indianapolis' Wheeler Mission Ministries cut non-residential programming to stave off a budget shortfall as donations flat-lined and more homeless people came through its doors. Now the mission is facing more tough times, projecting as much as a $500,000 shortfall for the fiscal year that begins June 1. To help close the gap, supporters are kicking off Operation Restoration, a fund drive they hope will raise $11 million to help the mission expand, pay building debts, and build a...
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Overshadowed by Patrick, Fisher fights to keep racingRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
A group of motorsports journalists stood open-mouthed along the wall of the Texas Motor Speedway in 1999 as they watched 19-year-old Sarah Fisher, fresh from the sprint car and dirt track circuits, zip past veteran open-wheel racers Buddy Lazier and Billy Boat. What happened to Fisher over the next nine years is equally amazing--and mystifying--to those same motorsports experts who watched her in Texas.
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SPORTS: In retrospect, the Dome's utility can't be deniedRestricted Content

May 5, 2008
Bill Benner
The roof has closed for the first time on Lucas Oil Stadium, and we now have a timetable for the demolition of its predecessor, the RCA Dome. Its last general event, the Fire Department Instructors Conference, has come and gone, as has its last sporting event, Supercross. Bit by bit, its innards are being dismantled. The pace will quicken throughout the summer. In August, the Teflon dome will disappear from the city skyline and shortly thereafter, the walls and the...
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Local firm signs landmark sports events deals: Providing five-star services seen as key to growthRestricted Content

May 5, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
A local company that sells ticket and event packages associated with major sporting events has secured groundbreaking deals with the Ryder Cup and Churchill Downs Inc. Indianapolis-based Sport Events Ltd. will be one of the first two companies to sign an official deal with Churchill Downs to sell ticket and hospitality packages to the Kentucky Derby, run this year May 3. Previously, the fabled racetrack had chosen to run everything-including corporate hospitality-in-house. "In many cases, these properties have realized that...
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Have Colts already outgrown new stadium?: Team has long waiting lists for suites, season ticketsRestricted Content

May 5, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Escalating demand for corporate entertainment space during Indianapolis Colts home games has team owner Jim Irsay wondering whether Lucas Oil Stadium should have been built with more luxury suites. "Quite frankly, I wish we built 30 or 40 more suites," Irsay told IBJ during a recent interview. There's good reason to think the Colts have outgrown the stadium-even though it's still four months from completion. The Colts long ago sold all 142 suites for the venue, and have a waiting...
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Commentary: Do we need a disaster to wake us up?Restricted Content

April 28, 2008
Tawn Parent
About 20,000 historic properties were damaged in the storm, and Gay, executive director of Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, has led the charge to save them. "We never felt like throwing up our hands," Gay said. "We don't do that." The Preservation Resource Center contacted owners of the nearly 4,000 historic properties that were condemned after the hurricane. About 600 of them have been spared to date. The PRC also has been helping review the planned demolition of buildings...
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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