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Standard Life turns page, rolls with changes: A year after sale, firm improves rating, makes profitRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Tom Murphy
Standard Life Insurance Company of Indiana has much to celebrate as it passes the one-year anniversary of its sale to Capital Assurance Corp. Profitability, a rating upgrade and product launches all are among the positives the company can tout since it gained new life and left behind old owner Standard Management Corp. last June. Standard Life notched a $15.8 million profit last year, due mostly to a gain from the sale of its life insurance business. Subtract that, though, and...
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SPORTS: Child of city fears demise of program that saved herRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Bill Benner
You can sense the ache in Rochelle Taylor's heart, the knot in her stomach. She goes to bed at night wondering, "What are we going to do?" She wakes up thinking, "What are we going to do?" Kids are her passion. Not just any kids, but the ones who live in the city neighborhoods ... often underserved, undeserving victims of circumstances into which they were born. And circumstances in which they might remain, unless someone extends a hand. Taylor is...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: IUPUI grads help tsunami victimsRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Many parents today fret over their kids' obsession with computers, video games and the Internet. "All he does is sit at that stupid computer." If I heard that once, I've heard it a million times. But sometimes, when young people's passion for the digital frontier intersects with compassion for their fellow man, great things can happen. Such is the case with Chris Podell and Zachary Shields, two recent graduates of the new media and arts program at the IUPUI School...
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Colts, Tribune sign deal to air shows on WXIN: WISH makes own adjustments in wake of changeRestricted Content

May 29, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts have signed a two-year deal with Tribune Co., moving the team's two television shows from Lin TV Corp.'s WISH-TV Channel 8 and WNDY-TV Channel 23 to Tribune's WXIN-TV Channel 59. "The Bill Polian Show" will air 10:30 p.m. Saturdays starting this fall, and "Colts Up Close" will air Fridays at 11:30 p.m. To beef up its Colts affiliation, local Tribune officials also are working independently on a Colts post-game show, which will air on WXIN sister station...
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STAYING POWER: Bryant in sixth decade as racing sponsor at BrickyardRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
What started as a few-thousand-dollar investment to put a company logo on Eddie Johnson's 1958 Indianapolis 500 car is now a year-round marketing commitment for Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, valued in the annual mid-six-figure range, to sponsor an Indy Racing League team for the entire season. For 48 years, Bryant's logo has adorned the sidepod of an open-wheel race car at the Brickyard, as the company has increasingly used the race-and later the entire IRL series-in its marketing and...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Good transportation paves the way for strong economyRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Patrick Barkey
"Like it or not," noted author Richard Florida opined as he looked out over a crowd that recently gathered in Indianapolis to discuss economic development issues in central Indiana, "you are all part of the greater Chicago region." That might come as news to you who pay taxes, follow sports, or subscribe to a newspaper. But the point is well made. In the larger scheme of things-the so-called Shanghai perspective one would take in looking at our economy from the...
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SPORTS: Justin Gatlin is a fast fix for USA Track and FieldRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Bill Benner
Shortly thereafter, he was on his way to Indy to promote the upcoming AT&T USA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships. The event takes place June 21-25 at the Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI, and it's the result of Indybased USA Track & Field's initiative to bring more of its events to its hometown. Talk about good timing. Track and field's national profile needs a between-Olympic-years boost and track and field locally-the kind that used to electrify this city back...
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Stadium architect beats 'dark horse' status: Experience with other sports arenas wins HKS first pro football projectRestricted Content

May 22, 2006
Scott Olson
The imprint HKS Inc. will leave on the city with its design of the new Indianapolis Colts stadium will reshape downtown for years to come. But the high-profile project is also significant for the Dallas-based architectural firm because it represents the first time HKS has designed a professional football arena. Any questions the selection team might have had about the firm's credentials were quickly put to rest, however. "[They] came and visited and said, 'When you guys start looking for...
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PROFILE: Complexions Day Spa: Downtown day spa has glowing business Irvington native focuses on organic products, attracts clients from entertainment, sports scenesRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Jo Ellen
Complexions Day Spa Downtown day spa has glowing business Irvington native focuses on organic products, attracts clients from entertainment, sports scenes Trinia Cox's venture builds on a 10-year career in skin care and makeup artistry with stints in Chicago and Los Angeles. And the location of Complexions Day Spa on Massachusetts Avenue was a good fit with her background in the arts, including gigs as a singer with Dr. Bop and the Headliners and her own group, Trinia and the...
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SPORTS: Fixture on local sports scene continues 42-year runRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Bill Benner
Since he nearly died a couple of months back, now is probably a good time to write something about my friend, Bill York. After all, I'd at least like for him to be able to read it. York is one of those behind-the-scenes folks who gives Indiana a good name. To the local and national sports media, he personifies Hoosier Hospitality. For years, York has directed the media room operations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Conseco Fieldhouse (Market Square Arena...
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Daniels seeks to copy key-clusters strategy: Industry initiatives would mimic BioCrossroads planRestricted Content

May 15, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, BioCrossroads has been vindicated. Gov. Mitch Daniels hopes to see a series of similar industry initiatives sprout around key clusters in Indiana's economy. He envisions parallel initiatives for manufacturing, transportation and logistics and a series of other crucial business sectors. "We'd love some company," said BioCrossroads CEO David Johnson. As outlined in Daniels' "Accelerating Growth" economic development plan released last month, the initiatives would be based on proven Indiana strengths and identifiable...
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Merger talks near finish?: George optimistic about open-wheel reunion; sources say deal may be reached by May 26Restricted Content

May 8, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Indy Racing League President Tony George said earlier this year "the stars, moons and planets" would need to align for his series to merge with open-wheel rival Champ Car in time for the 2007 season. According to motorsports sources, the alignment appears to be happening, and George told IBJ he is cautiously optimistic. George said in a May 3 interview that discussions with Champ Car principal Kevin Kalkhoven are ongoing, but that there are still a number of issues to...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: California investor arrives with a splash-and a pastRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
Greg Andrews
Remember the name Judah Hertz. The Californiabased real estate investor last month became a sizable player in the downtown Indianapolis office market, buying the Gold Building and 251 East Ohio for more than $40 million. But he has bigger aspirations here-and the cash to carry them out. "We like Indianapolis a lot," Hertz said. "We're definitely interested in purchasing more buildings in Indianapolis." Plain-vanilla pension funds buy and sell buildings here all the time. By contrast, the 56-year-old Hertz is...
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Reebok should fit into Adidas' global plan: Indianapolis facility finds an ally in NBA after 11-year apparel dealRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Adidas-Salomon AG's $3.8 billion acquisition of Reebok International is having ripple effects from Boston to Beijing. Those waves are likely to wash right through Reebok's design and manufacturing plant on Indianapolis' east side, which employs nearly 1,000. Reebok's headquarters will remain in Canton, Mass., and Adidas will maintain its state-side headquarters in Portland, Ore., but officials for the German sporting goods giant have revealed little else about their plans for Reebok facilities. Adidas officials have said they project saving $212...
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SPORTS: This is the time and place for an open-wheel marriageRestricted Content

May 8, 2006
It's May, so here's something we should want to see even more than the field of (we hope) 33 taking the green flag on Race Day, something we should want to hear even more than Tom Carnegie's baritone, something we should believe would have an even more positive long-term impact on open-wheel racing than a victory by Danica Patrick. Indeed, the best news to come out of this May would be the great news for next May. And that would...
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Land drove Marsh sale: Sun Capital has backup in real estate if grocery biz failsRestricted Content

May 1, 2006
Matthew Kish
When Marsh Supermarkets Inc. put itself on the block in November, the company's stock dove. When it cut future executive compensation $28 million a month later, the stock continued falling. When it terminated 25 executives and closed two groceries and six convenience stores, shares slipped yet again. Nothing, it seemed, could stop the downward spiral. Then a footnote appeared in the Fishersbased company's fiscal third-quarter financial report Feb. 21. It said an appraisal showed the company's real estate was worth...
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Emmis fights radio doubt: CEO Smulyan defends his struggling industry as stock price continues to slideRestricted Content

May 1, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Emmis Communications Corp.'s stock has fallen 80 percent in six years. Revenue from its radio stations is falling short of Wall Street expectations. And its bid for Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals is running third in a three-horse race. But Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan is as optimistic as he's been in months. "I'm upbeat because I think this industry is ready to turn the corner, and Emmis is turning the corner," Smulyan told Wall Street analysts after his company released...
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SPORTS: Keith Hernandez, meet Phyllis Ackerman, trailblazerRestricted Content

May 1, 2006
Bill Benner
Former New York Met and current Mets announcer Keith Hernandez emerged from a cave April 22, observed that a member of the San Diego Padres' training staff wa s - g a s p ! - a female, and opined on air that women have no place in a Major League dugout. Hernandez was promptly reprimanded by his employers and issued a tepid apology on the next Mets broadcast. This might come as a bulletin to the Neanderthalic Hernandez, but...
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Racing for the green: Rookie owner risks house and home to realize dreamRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Matthew Kish
"If somebody wipes one of them out, the associated residence goes with it," he says, only half jokingly. Now in his 14th season in t h e m o t o r - sports industry, Crawford, 38, decided to hoist his own flag for the first time this year in the Indy Pro Series, open-wheel racing's highest minor league. For the record, he's not a wealthy man. The second property is the only investment he and his wife, Myra, haven't...
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NASCAR a big deal for IRST: Role as security products provider could be worth $100MRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has been named NASCAR's first official provider of security products, a deal that could mean substantial growth for the company's Carmel headquarters and an Indianapolis manufacturing plant, which together already employ 900. IRST is a division of Bermuda-based behemoth Ingersoll-Rand Co., which is better known for agricultural, construction and transportation equipment sold under names such as Bobcat and Thermo King. The link with the racing circuit is expected to drive home the point that Ingersoll-Rand is...
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Ivy Tech to focus more on results, not just growth: Student success and broader ties with employers among goals of community college system's five-year planRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Chris O\'malley
After growing its enrollment 75 percent the last decade, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is shifting its focus to student retention. A top administrator also wants to expand the number of training courses offered at businesses, as a way to supplement the system's $253 million annual budget. Some who've studied the state's educational system have recommended that Ivy Tech spend more to hire additional full-time faculty to strengthen its effectiveness. The school's five-year student retention plan calls for doubling...
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BULLS & BEARS: Day-to-day market headlines get in way of wise investingRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Ken Skarbeck
Every day, the financial press and market pundits provide us with the reason for the previous day's stock market activity. Following a down day, we might read an article headlined, "Investors sell stocks on fears of rising inflation." Perhaps the next day the market rises and we see, "Stocks climb as investors see end to Fed interest rate increases." What exactly happened overnight that caused this apparent shift in sentiment? Did investors sleep on it and the next morning collectively...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: A life lesson to remember: Television always rulesRestricted Content

April 24, 2006
Even after all these years, my bride still sometimes forgets that there really are three sure things in life: death, taxes and the fact that television rules, especially in sports. As a guy who spent most of his life in the newspaper business, the increasing influence of television became an everlarger burr in my behind. Everything from the length of games (those four-hour-plus University of Notre Dame football games were especially excruciating) to deadlinecrunching late starting times to preferential treatment...
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CR Heroes Family Pub: Mom aims to serve up family-friendly pub in Fishers Restaurant, parenting experience helps owner manage her own placeRestricted Content

April 17, 2006
Della Pacheco
Instead of using her elementary education degree from Ohio State University to teach youngsters, Stephanie Boehm chose to teach managers as a corporate trainer for Olive Garden restaurants. She's never regretted that decision. Boehm's background and on-the-job training as manager of a local Outback Steakhouse led to her current career as owner of CR Heroes Family Pub in Fishers. Boehm moved to Indianapolis from Ohio in 1994, when her husband was transferred here. After spending time as a stayat-home mom,...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: Is blowing up Pacers roster a risk worth taking?Restricted Content

April 17, 2006
On the last day of the regular season, many professional teams schedule "fan appreciation" ceremonies. Judging by the numbers of empty seats in Conseco Fieldhouse, the Indiana Pacers might hold "fan depreciation" night April 19 when the regular season comes to a merciful conclusion. The paying customers, as is their wont, are voting with their feet. Time to spend their evenings at home, or outdoors, enjoying the benefits of daylight-saving time (blame it on Mitch!), rather than witnessing another dark...
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