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"Yuletide Celebration"

December 1, 2010

Dec. 3-23
Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sandi Patty is back as hostess for the downtown tradition, but this isn’t a complete redo of shows from Decembers past. This time around, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s holiday extravaganza has added an Irving Berlin tribute, with music from the classic film “White Christmas.” Plus, Les Arnold and Dazzle, seen in the ISO’s magical pops show “Mysterioso,” will attempt to bring a different kind of holiday magic to the proceedings. Details here.
 

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Elmore Leonard

December 1, 2010

Dec. 6
Clowes Hall

Lest you think all of Indianapolis is holly and ivy, here’s a decidedly edgier evening: Legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard will be speaking as part of the Butler University Visiting Writers Series. In addition to such novels as “Get Shorty,” “52 Pick Up,” and “Mr. Majestyk,” the prolific Leonard is known for his no-nonsense approach to writing, as spelled out in his “Ten Rules of Writing.” (Example: “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”) Details on his visit here.
 

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Also this week

December 1, 2010

United Artists Circle Centre hosts a Dec. 2 screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” benefiting downtown beautification. The $5 tickets include pre-show refreshments and a silent auction. Details here.

Butler Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 2-5 at Clowes Hall. Details here.

Irish storyteller Niall de Burca is featured Dec. 3-4 at the Basile Theater at the Indiana History Center—with drinks to follow at Zing Restaurant. Details here.

Bobdirex presents “Silver Bells … Silver Screen,” Dec. 3-17, featuring holiday tunes and music from the movies, sung by a cast that includes Karlton D. Turner and Phebe Taylor. Details here.

John Prine performs Dec. 4 at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. Details here.

Trombone great Wycliff Gordon is just one of the guests in a Dec. 5 show headlined by tenor sax player Gust Spenos at The Jazz Kitchen. Details here.
 

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Housing

November 30, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity increased 2.1 percent for the week ended Nov. 19, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages increased to 4.5 percent from 4.46 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages fell to 3.83 percent from 3.87 percent.
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Construction

November 30, 2010
-Kort Builders has completed a 25,000-square-foot space for the Indiana Baseball Academy at 9760 Mayflower Park Drive, Carmel.

-Kort Builders has completed a 1,300-square-foot restaurant space for The Bakery at Geist at 8150 Oaklandon Road.

-Shamrock Builders-Commercial has started construction of a 3,000-square-foot office build-out for Morical's Castle Mortgage Corp. at 11501 Cumberland Drive, Fishers.
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Sales/acquisitions

November 30, 2010
Dr. Idella Simmons bought a 4,000-square-foot building at 946 N. Alabama St. The price wasn’t disclosed. The buyer was represented by Ralph Balber of Halakar Real Estate. The sellers, Brent and Beverly Precious, were represented by Brad King of Colliers International.
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Leasing/leasing contracts

November 30, 2010
-The Indiana Department of Revenue renewed its lease for 50,200 square feet of industrial space at 5252 Decatur Blvd. The landlord, ProLogis, was represented by Luke Wessel of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.

-Davis Wholesale Supply Co. renewed its lease for 25,600 square feet of industrial space at 5845 W. 82nd St. in Park 100. The tenant was represented by Patrick Lindley of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, ProLogis, was represented by Andrea Hopper of ProLogis.

-D’Amore, a division of Thomas Caterers of Distinction, subleased 15,231 square feet on the 48th floor of Chase Tower, 1 E. Ohio St. The tenant was represented by Debbie Shumate of Alliance Commercial Real Estate. The landlord, JP Morgan Chase, was represented by Nick Arterburn of CB Richard Ellis.

-Sigma-Tau Pharmasource Inc. leased 13,750 square feet at 6815 Guion Road. The tenant and landlord, TCA 6815, were represented by J.D. Graves of CB Richard Ellis.

-The Indiana Private Industry Council leased 12,335 square feet at Parkstone III, 9002 Purdue Road. The tenant was represented by Tim O’Brien and David Ponader of Colliers International. The landlord, Parkstone Office Center LLC, was represented by Nick Svarczkopf and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis.
 
-Product Development Corp. subleased 12,000 square feet at 5201 Park Emerson Drive, Suite N. The subtenant and sublandord, Wheel Pros LLC, were represented by J.D. Graves of CB Richard Ellis.

-EMP Technology LLC leased 8,120 square feet at 15309 Stony Creek Way, Noblesville. The tenant was represented by Fritz Kauffman of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Gulf Shores LLC, was represented by Chris Black of CB Richard Ellis.

-ZHU LAN sushi and prime rib buffet leased a freestanding 7,062-square-foot building at Merchants Point, 2293 E. 116th St., Carmel. The tenant was represented by Jun Liu of Carpenter Real Estate. The landlord, Darden Restaurants, was represented by Steve Delaney and Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

-Happy Hour Foot Spa leased 1,665 square feet at Willow Lake Shopping Center, 2658 Lake Circle Drive. The landlord, USRP Willow East LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The tenant represented itself.

-Jet’s Pizza leased 1,651 square feet at Willow Lake Shopping Center, 2658 Lake Circle Drive. The tenant was represented by Kurt Meyer of Baseline Commercial Real Estate. The landlord, USRP Willow East LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

-Rice Cooker leased 1,640 square feet at Willow Lake Shopping Center, 2658 Lake Circle Drive. The landlord, USRP Willow East LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The tenant represented itself.
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Company news

November 24, 2010

Eli Lilly and Co. said that next year, for the first time, it would hire an outside firm to search for state disciplinary actions against its hired speakers and advisers, after reporting by New York-based ProPublica found that Lilly was paying more than 100 physicians who had been under state sanctions. Indianapolis-based Lilly and British firm GlaxoSmithKline plc had the most state-sanctioned physicians among their speakers and advisers out of the seven pharmaceutical companies that ProPublica scrutinized. For example, Lilly used cardiologist Ali Sherzoy as a speaker, paying him more than $4,300 in the first two quarters of this year. But Sherzoy had his license suspended in New York and New Jersey early this year after he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual contact in 2008. Sherzoy said the matter involved his family's nanny and not his practice. He said he pleaded guilty on his lawyer's advice to put the matter behind him.

A trade group of health insurers, which includes Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $86.2 million in August 2009 to wage a campaign against the health reform law being debated by Congress, according to Bloomberg News. The bill eventually was passed and became law in March 2010. The money came from America’s Health Insurance Plans and exceeded its entire budget for the previous year, according to Bloomberg. The $86.2 million paid for advertisements, polling and grass-roots events to drum up opposition to the bill. The Chamber said in a statement it used the funds to “advance a market-based health care system and advocate for fundamental reform that would improve access to quality care while lowering costs.” A WellPoint spokesman declined to comment to Bloomberg.

Teams of researchers at Indiana University and Purdue University both made striking medical breakthroughs recently. Purdue researchers found evidence that an environmental pollutant may play an important role in causing multiple sclerosis and that a hypertension drug might be used to treat the disease. They noticed that the toxin acrolein was elevated by about 60 percent in the spinal cord tissues of mice with a disease similar to multiple sclerosis. Acrolein is found in tobacco smoke and auto exhaust. Previous studies by this research team found that neuronal death caused by acrolein can be prevented by administering the hypertension drug hydralazine, also known as Apresoline. At the IU School of Medicine, researchers induced a complete remission of metastatic melanoma in mice when they introduced a potent anti-tumor gene into the stem cells in bone marrow that produce all blood and immune system cells. IU’s research has now led to a small clinical trial of 12 patients in late 2011.

L.H. Medical Corp. will add 65 jobs in Fort Wayne by 2013 as it expands its production of custom medical-device components for the orthopedic implant industry. The company will move to a new facility and begin hiring manufacturing workers and engineers early next year. Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered L.H. Medical up to $550,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $60,000 in training grants. Also, Allen County officials will consider an additional property tax abatement.

Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc., which operates three hospitals in the Indianapolis area, has decided to change its name to Franciscan Alliance. The Mishawaka-based system, which has 13 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois, announced the decision of its board of directors Monday morning. The announcement comes after months of consumer research—and six months after rival system Clarian Health said it would change its name to Indiana University Health. Beginning in early 2011, all St. Francis hospitals will have the name Franciscan added to their logos, with the previous name of each hospital written below it.

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People

November 24, 2010

Dr. Heather Maria Greist, an internist, has established a practice with St. Francis Medical Group Rheumatology & Osteoporosis Specialists, located on the St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis campus. Greist earned her medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine; she also holds degrees from Purdue University and Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Robert Prince, an anesthesiologist, has joined the St. Francis Medical Group Spine Specialists, located on the St. Francis-Indianapolis campus. He is the former chief of the Department of Anesthesia and Pain at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital (Virginia) and at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, Ill.

Dr. Cindy De Neira has established a practice with St. Francis Medical Group Plainfield Family Medicine. De Neira earned a doctorate in osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University in Iowa. She also holds degrees in nutrition and chemistry from the University of Florida.

Timothy Gee has been appointed director of cardiovascular practices for St. Francis Medical Group. In that role, Gee will oversee operations at Indiana Heart Physicians and Vascular Surgeons. Previously, he was a business consultant for Indianapolis Medical Management.

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Corrections

November 24, 2010
Arcadia Resources Inc. employs pharmacists who call patients to help them comply with their prescription drug regimens. The Nov. 10 edition of IBJ Health Care & Reform Weekly incorrectly reported that Arcadia uses nurses to coach patients.

Karen Porter will lead the construction of St. Vincent Health’s strategic plan. Her duties were described incorrectly in the Nov. 17 edition of IBJ Health Care & Reform Weekly.

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Sales/acquisitions

November 23, 2010
MJK Indiana LLC bought 2.02 acres of industrial land at 1102 W. 16th St. The price wasn’t disclosed. The seller, Canal Realty Inc., was represented by Bill Brennan of Lee & Associates. The buyer represented itself.
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Housing

November 23, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity fell 14.4 percent for the week ended Nov. 12, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages increased to 4.46 percent from 4.28 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages jumped to 3.87 percent from 3.64 percent.
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People

November 23, 2010
-Tracey Holtzman has joined Midland Atlantic as a retail specialist.

-Carol Rice has joined Midland Atlantic as administrative manager.
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Construction

November 23, 2010

-Alt Construction has finished construction of a 4,408-square-foot Teddy’s Burger Joint at 2222 W. Southport Road.

-Alt Construction has finished construction of a 5,033-square-foot Jason’s Deli at 4026 E. 82nd St.

-Alt Construction has finished construction of a 3,750-square-foot Original Pancake House at Bridgewater Shoppes, 14631 North Gray Road, Noblesville.

-Alt Construction has been hired to build out a 12,000-square-foot space for Knowledge Services at 5875 Castle Creek Parkway. The project is scheduled to be completed next month.

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Leases/leasing contracts

November 23, 2010
-Henry Schein leased 243,200 square feet of industrial space at 5645 W. 82nd St. in Park 100. The tenant was represented by Patrick Lindley of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, ProLogis, was represented by Luke Wessel of Cassidy Turley.

-nFrame leased 52,824 square feet at 701 Congressional Blvd., Carmel. The tenant was represented by Sam Smith and Yumi Prater of Colliers International. The landlord, Technology Center Associates LP, was represented by Mike Napariu of REI Real Estate Services.

-Culture Lighting Co. Inc. renewed its lease for 7,200 square feet at 5329 W. 86th St. The landlord, Forester Properties, was represented by Kyle Powell and Bryan Poynter of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.

-McAlister’s Deli leased 6,400 square feet at Allyne Park, 1011 N. State Road 135, Greenwood. The tenant was represented by Bill Talbott of The Talbott Group. The landlord, Allyne Park Dynasty, was represented by Liz Yoho of Providence Development.

-MCPC Indianapolis LLC leased 5,711 square feet in the Carmel Technology Center, Building 2, 12336 Hancock St., Carmel. The tenant was represented by Brian Buschuk of Jones Lang LaSalle. The landlord, ATAPCO Carmel Inc., was represented by John Vandenbark and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis.

-Indianapolis Osteopathic Hospital Inc. leased 4,244 square feet at 3750 Guion Road. The tenant was represented by Brian Meeks and Jon Owens of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Hoosier Motor Mutual Insurance, was represented by Nick Svarczkopf and John Vandenbark of CB Richard Ellis.

-MS Consultants leased 3,627 square feet at 8900 Keystone Crossing. The tenant was represented by Nick Svarczkopf and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis. The landlord, Keystone Investors LLC, was represented by Abby Cooper and John Robinson of Jones Lang LaSalle.

-Freight Masters leased 3,192 square feet at 2629 Waterfront Parkway, East Drive. The landlord, New Boston Jacaranda LP, was represented by Gus Sevastianos and Brian Fitzgerald of Citimark Management Co. Inc. The tenant represented itself.

-Safe Sitters leased 2,281 square feet at 8604 Allisonville Road. The tenant was represented by MaryBeth Kohart of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Castle Creek Office LLC., was represented by Gus Sevastianos and Brian Fitzgerald of Citimark Management Co. Inc.

-Utili-Comm South Inc. renewed its lease for 1,550 square feet of industrial space in Greenwood Oaks Business Centre, 500 S. Polk St, Greenwood. The tenant and landlord, Greenwood Oaks Investments LLC, were represented by Cathy Richards of Lee & Associates.

-Meridian Group leased 976 square feet at 8604 Allisonville Road. The landlord, Castle Creek Office LLC, was represented by Gus Sevastianos and Brian Fitzgerald of Citimark Management Co. Inc. The tenant represented itself.

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"A Christmas Carol"

November 23, 2010

Nov. 26-Dec. 26
Indiana Repertory Theatre


In with the new: After 12 years of directing “A Christmas Carol” at the IRT, Priscilla Lindsay has moved on to academia, leaving the holiday standby in the hands of Richard J. Roberts. At the same time, long-standing Scrooge Chuck Goad has turned over his role to actor Ryan Artzberger (recently seen at the Phoenix Theatre in “Reasons to be Pretty”—now that’s range.)

That’s not all that will be different this season. Early-birders attending in November can take advantage of the IRT’s new $25 deal. Also added this year: a series of “Oh What Fun” events tied to each performance, such as a pre-show concert by the Indianapolis Symphonic Band on Nov. 28 and Dec. 18; live reindeer on Dec. 4, 11, 18 and 26; ComedySportz doing holiday improv on Dec. 22; and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir performing Dec. 23. Details here.
 

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"A Very Phoenix Xmas 5: Regifted!"

November 23, 2010

Nov. 26-Dec. 19
Phoenix Theatre


Over at the Phoenix, it’s beginning to look a lot like previous versions of “A Very Phoenix Xmas,” as the theater offers a greatest hits redo of sketches and songs from previous editions. Each scene, the Phoenix promises, has been tweaked for the current show—with new material added.

Returnees include “Disco Nativity” and “Death of a Snowman.” Details here.
 

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"The Santaland Diaries"

November 23, 2010

Nov. 24-Dec. 12
Waldron Auditorium, Bloomington
Dec. 2-12
IndyFringe Building


I’ve often wondered why small-scale productions don’t do more traveling around the state. After all, a show staged in West Lafayette or Bloomington or Fort Wayne isn’t likely to have much of an overlapping audience with Indianapolis.

So here’s an experiment I hope will work. Cardinal Stage, Bloomington’s professional theater company, is staging the one-elf show “The Santaland Diaries” at the Waldron Auditorium in Bloomington this weekend—then shipping it up to the IndyFringe Building for an additional two weekends.

The piece, in case you aren’t familiar, is based on humorist David Sedaris’ adventures working as a department store elf. Details here.
 

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Also this week

November 23, 2010

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band barrels into The Vogue Nov. 26 with opening acts Love Life and Alice Chalmers & the Stick a Cork in Your Jug Band. Details here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Conseco Fieldhouse Nov. 27. Details here.

“A Beef & Boards Christmas” gets redecorated for its 2010 edition, running Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Meanwhile, the theater also will be offering its one-hour take on “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 4-21. Details on both here.

Butler University Theatre presents “Twelfth Night,” directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Elaina Artemiev, Dec. 1-5. Details here.
 

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Company news

November 17, 2010

West Lafayette-based Kylin Therapeutics Inc. received a nearly $250,000 grant from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that will advance the company's nanoparticle cancer-treatment research. Kylin's technology uses RNA and a natural process called RNA interference to directly target and "turn off" disease-causing genes. Kylin’s technology was discovered at Purdue University by former Purdue professor Peixuan Guo.

Lilly Ventures, the venture-capital arm of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., led a $24 million investment round in Massachusetts-based Cerulean Pharmaceuticals, which is developing nanoparticle drugs. According to Xeconomy.com, the Series C funding round will help Cerulean pay for Phase 2 clinical trials of its leading nanoparticle drug, which is designed to treat lung cancer. Steve Hall, a venture partner at Lilly, has joined Cerulean’s board of directors in connection with the funding round. Cerulean has now raised $56 million in venture capital.

Johnson Memorial Hospital asked county officials to approve a $14 million expansion of its surgical center to accommodate larger surgery suites, as well as new recovery beds and physician offices, according to the Daily Journal of Franklin. That expansion would add 29,000 square feet and renovate 9,300 square feet of existing space. Johnson Memorial wants to start construction in the spring and complete the project by late summer of 2012.

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People

November 17, 2010

St. Vincent Health appointed Karen Porter as chief planning officer, overseeing construction and operations efficiency for the 19-hospital system.

Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. named Jerry Kertesz vice president of sales, overseeing new business sales, as well as broker and consultant relationships. Kertesz has been vice president of account management in the company's national accounts division for more than four years.

WellPoint named Perry Pogany to replace Kertesz. He has served as vice president for auto and interplan national accounts for 12 years.
 

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Tonic Ball 9

November 17, 2010

Nov. 12
Fountain Square Theatre/Radio Radio

Why will Kate Lamont be singing “Because?” Well, because. And while the band ESW will be encouraging concert-goers to “Let It Be,” Brian Deer will be insisting “I am Mine” and the band We’re Not Squibnocket will be claiming “I Am the Walrus.”

Yes, this year’s Tonic Ball—benefiting Second Helpings—will pay tribute to the Beatles, with local bands offering covers on two stages, plus a children’s area. Cari Ray & The Loaners will be doing “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” Rodney Boys will take a shot at “Rocky Raccoon,” Last Drop Jug Band will transform “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” and much, much more. Details here.
 

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Drew Tretick with the ICO

November 17, 2010

Nov. 20
Athenaeum Theatre


Julliard-trained electric violinist Drew Tretick, who will be joining the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra for this month’s concert, has taken the stage at such impressive classical venues as the London Palladium. On the other hand, he’s also played for the tourists on the faux streets of Downtown Disney in Orlando.

That’s not the only way Tretick shows range. His recent CD devoted to cinematic compositions covers the familiar (“Over the Rainbow,” “The Way We Were”) and the more esoteric (from the scores for “Cinema Paradiso” and “Quartiere,” for instance). Details on the concert can be found here. And, for your listening pleasure, here’s Tretick stopping Disney foot traffic with “Flight of the Bumblebee.”
 

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Pink Martini with the ISO

November 17, 2010

Nov. 22
Hilbert Circle Theatre

What language will the next song be sung in? You never know when Pink Martini is on stage. Cosmopolitan playfulness in style and song has been a signature for the Portland, Ore.-based company since it was founded more than 15 years ago by vocalist China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale.

Surrounded by accomplished musicians—who also like dressing up—the band will be joining the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for its one-night-only Indy debut. “For me,” says Lauderdale, “Pink Martini is partially an attempt to rebuild a culture which sings and dances.”
Here’s a look at the band’s appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman." For details on the concert, click here.
 

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Indianapolis International Festival

November 17, 2010

Nov. 18-21
Indiana State Fairgrounds

Think of it as the speed-dating equivalent of all the city’s ethnic festivals. If you missed Greek Fest, Fiesta, the French Market and all the rest, here’s a chance to get an indoor fix of food, music and dance from around the world.

The performance lineup includes Japanese taiko drummers Icho Daiko, Indianapolis Ceili Band with Irish Blessings Dancers, Anderson Ballet Folklorico, Native American flutist JJ Kent, Bollywood dancers, and the obligatory visit from Dora the Explorer. For details, click here.
 

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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

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