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March 3, 2010

Dr. Judy Monroe will end a five-year run as Indiana state commissioner of health on March 8. She will become deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overseeing communication between federal and state public health agencies. Until Gov. Mitch Daniels names a replacement, Monroe’s deputy, Loren Robertson, will fill her shoes.

Community Heart and Vascular, a unit of Community Health Network, named Kevin Fowler chief financial officer. Fowler, who earned his MBA at Indiana State University, has been the CFO at Lubbock Heart Hospital in Texas since 2007.

Community Heart and Vascular hired two electrophysiologists, Dr. Chad Bonhomme and Dr. Krishna Malineni, along with Dr. Shalabh Singhal, an invasive cardiologist. The unit of Community Health Network has now hired eight physicians in the past year.

OrthoWorx, a Warsaw-based group focused on advancing the city’s orthopedics implant industry, named Cheryl Blanchard as its chairperson. Blanchard is chief scientific officer at Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings Inc.

Bloomington-based Cook Pharmica promoted Veda Walcott to be its vice president of quality and corporate compliance officer. Walcott has worked for Cook Pharmica since 2005 after stints at Cook Medical and Baxter BioPharma Solutions.

Dr. Richard Aina, an internist who focuses on chronic diseases, has joined St. Vincent Physician Network in Indianapolis. Aina received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Champaign, Ill.

Duane M. Schmitz, a former executive at Eli Lilly and Co., has joined Indianapolis-based Harrison College as president of its online division. Nearly half of the for-profit school’s students take at least one course online.
 

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Docs get short reprieve from Medicare cuts

March 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
Doctors dodged yet another bullet last night as the U.S. Senate agreed to delay a scheduled 21-percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians. But their relief will be short-lived.
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"An Evening with Ben Vereen"

March 3, 2010

March 7
Carmel High School

I had my first encounter with Ben Vereen—as did many of my generation—through the landmark television series “Roots,” where he memorably played Chicken George. I then was knocked out by his portrayal of Death as a song and dance man in Bob Fosse’s painfully brilliant autobiographical film “All That Jazz.” But there’s nothing like seeing Vereen live, which I had the pleasure of doing when he was touring in a revival of “Pippin,” the show that made him a Broadway star.

What I remember most about that performance is that—after the curtain calls, after many audience members had bolted for their cars—the appreciative-of-those-who-stayed Vereen said something to the effect of, “I really enjoy this show, but I really don’t get to do everything I want to do,” and invited those remaining to stick around as he performed about a half hour of his nightclub act. Not only was it very entertaining, but it was the best example I’ve seen of a guy unselfishly sharing his talents above and beyond expectations.

Vereen will be here on Sunday singing, dancing and sharing stories in a benefit for the Carmel Community Players. If you aren’t caught up in Oscar-mania, consider going. Details here.

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Mass Ave project works toward April approval

March 2, 2010
Tom Harton
Trail Side on Mass Ave would include 69 one-bedroom apartments and about 23,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.
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Sales/acquisitions

March 2, 2010
Noblesville LLC purchased a single-tenant, 6,840-square-foot building occupied by AutoZone at 146th Street and State Road 37, Noblesville. The sales price was $1.8 million. The buyer was represented by Michael Ofsansky of Michael Ofsansky Realtors. The seller, Thomas A. Grant Inc., was represented by Brian T. Southworth and Nathan D. Whalen of Marcus & Millichap’s Indianapolis office.
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Housing

March 2, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity dropped 8.5  percent for the week ended Feb. 19, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages increased to 5.03 percent from 4.94 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages increased to 4.35 percent from 4.33 percent.
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Leasing/leasing contracts

March 2, 2010
-Eastgate Studios LLC leased 18,000 square feet at 24 S. Shelby St. The tenant and the landlord, Pleasant View Partnership PC, were represented by Matt Jackson and Joe Lonnemann of Halakar Real Estate.

-Aaron Rents leased 6,700 square feet at The Parkwood Shoppes, 1616 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. The tenant was represented by Michael Cranfill of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The landlord, Pavilion Inc., was represented by Steven Hoffman.

-UtilX Corp. leased 4,000 square feet at 496 S. Polk St., Building No. 2, Greenwood. The tenant was represented by Cam Kucic of Summit Realty Group. The landlord, Robert W. Kleis Jr. Living Trust, was represented by Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.

-Pediatric Nursing Specialists leased 3,069 square feet of office space at 3500 DePauw Blvd. The landlord, CP Pyramids Associates LP, was represented by David A. Moore, Darrin L. Boyd and Bennett Williams of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.
 
-American Electronics leased 2,780 square feet at 496 S. Polk St., Building No. 1, Greenwood. Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the tenant and the landlord, Robert W. Kleis Jr. Living Trust.
 
-Edward D. Jones & Co. leased 1,172 square feet at the Mount Comfort Business Center in the Mount Comfort Commercial Park, 4177 N. Awning Court. The tenant was represented by Jeff Schappe of Colliers Corporate Solutions. The landlord/owner, Precedent Commercial Development, was represented by Larry Siegler of Precedent.

-A.C.T. Services Inc. leased 1,200 square feet at Eagle Highland Office Park, 3955 Eagle Creek Parkway. The landlord, Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT Medical Portfolio 3, was represented by Debbie Shumate of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The tenant represented itself.

-USM/Transfield Services Group Inc. renewed its lease for 1,805 square feet at Greenwood Oaks Business Centre. 500 S. Polk St., Greenwood. Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the landlord, Greenwood Oaks Investments LLC, and the tenant.

-Fast Tans renewed its lease for 1,600 square feet at George Thomas Plaza, 1028 N. Shadeland Ave. Cindy Hoskinson and Herb Feldmann of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the tenant and the landlord, Ladywood Apartments LLC.

-Hometown Exteriors Inc. leased 1,500 square feet at Greenwood Oaks Business Centre, 500 S. Polk St., Greenwood. Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the landlord, Greenwood Oaks Investments LLC, and the tenant.
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WellPoint testimony drops green flag on health reform restart

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO Angela Braly is defending individual premium hikes one day before Obama's summit to debate his new reform proposal with Republicans.
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Obama health reform plan slaps drugmakers

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Drugmakers, such as Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., would shoulder $3.3 billion in fees, face ban on pay-for-delay deals with generic competitor.
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Company news

February 24, 2010

The Indianapolis-area claims three of the four healthiest counties in the state, but also some of the laggards, according to a new report by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone counties ranked first, second and fourth, respectively. The rankings were based on such things as death rates, insurance rates, socioeconomic factors and environmental influences. However, Marion County ranked 80th out of Indiana’s 92 counties. Shelby and Madison counties also scored poorly, ranking No. 70 and No. 79, respectively.

Most of Indiana’s life sciences business development has occurred in the “golden triangle” that runs from Bloomington to Indianapolis to Lafayette. But the latest investment by BioCrossroads’ Indiana Seed Fund shows some potential for cross-state development that breaks out of that mold. South Bend-based Bioscience Vaccines Inc. has licensed the extracellular matrix technology developed by Cook Biotech in West Lafayette. With scientific help from the University of Notre Dame, Biosciences Vaccine aims to start a clinical trial by year’s end. It hopes that combining Cook Biotech’s extracellular matrix with vaccines against tetanus and prostate cancer will prove more effective than traditional delivery of the medicines. BioCrossroads will commit $400,000 to help the company’s research.

Indianapolis-based Vortek Surgical LLC will relocate to Brownsburg, expanding its headquarters, manufacturing and distribution operations and creating more than 60 life sciences jobs in the next three years. Founded in 2006, the company expects to launch a consumer subsidiary in the second quarter to focus on health care products. It plans to begin hiring employees for both the consumer and medical product divisions beginning in April. Vortek develops and markets medical devices designed to reduce the risk of hospital infections during surgery.

Indianapolis-based Marcadia Biotech Inc. has launched a Phase 1 clinical trial of its experimental anti-diabetes drug MAR701. The drug mimics the action of two hormones, glucagon-like peptide and gastric inhibitory peptide. Those proteins both boost the body’s production of insulin, which is necessary to fight diabetes. Marcadia hopes to market the drug as a once-a-week medicine to treat Type 2 diabetes.

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People

February 24, 2010

Dr. Rafat Abonour, associate dean of clinical research the Indiana University School of Medicine and its Simon Cancer Center, has been named chairman of the Hoosier Oncology Group’s board of directors.

Dr. Kenneth Lazarus and Dr. Sandeep Batra have joined the Riley Hospital Hematology/Oncology at Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel.

Dr. Katherine Moss Pedersen, a pediatrician, has joined St. Vincent Physician Network in Zionsville.

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"Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray"

February 24, 2010

Feb. 25
IU Auditorium

In a work commissioned by IU Auditorium and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones (Tony Award winner for “Spring Awakening”) brings together dancers, an actor, live musicians playing an original score, projected films and text from Shakespeare, the Bible and Walt Whitman in an exploration of the impact of Abraham Lincoln’s words, deeds and ideas. “The good man,” says Jones. “What does he have to say to us today? Are we good people? Am I a good man?” For a fascinating look at Jones’ creation of the piece, click here. Details on the show here.

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"Safety Last"

February 24, 2010

Feb. 26
Tobias Theatre at the IMA

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra created a magical evening last year when it offered live accompaniment to a screening of Buster Keaton’s classic comedy “The General.” This year, Keaton and the ICO are teaming up again, but that’s just the beginning. Keaton’s short “One Week” will get things going, but the main event is the great Harold Lloyd silent comedy “Safety Last” (which you may only know from the iconic image of Lloyd dangling from a clock’s hands) over a city street. I’ll be there to introduce—and enjoy—both films and their music. Details here.
 

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"Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks"

February 24, 2010

Feb. 26
Conseco Fieldhouse

It's tough to pick highlights from Kan Klores’ terrific new documentary about our hometown hero. But a few days after I screened it, I'm still thinking about Patrick Ewing’s coming to grips with his missed lay-up, Cheryl Miller's calling out her brother on his foul-denying ways, and the reaction of the Alford family on the day Miller was drafted instead of the native son. Plus, it's great to watch Reggie Miller back on the court. Klores deftly combines these interviews—he talks to just about everyone involved during that period, from players to coaches to commentators to family—with game footage, media reports and more and the result is a film more entertaining than any Oscar contender I’ve seen.
Even though he adds some tongue-in-cheek operatic music to the mix, Klores understands that basketball is a game. And that it doesn't have to be more than that for it to be compelling, important and fun. In a city that, for many reasons, has switched its allegiance to a differently shaped ball over the last few years, "Winning Time" is a much-needed reminder of why, for a glorious while, professional basketball was our obsession.
You can wait to see "Winning time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks" when it airs on ESPN March 14, but it will be a lot more fun catching it, commercial-free, when it screens at Conseco Fieldhouse benefiting the Pacers Foundation, Peoples Burn Foundation/Brave Hearts Camp, and Riley Hospital. Details here.
 

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"Voices in the City: Language, Literacy, and Urban Life."

February 24, 2010

Feb. 25
IUPUI Campus Center

National Book Award finalist and National Slam Poetry Champion Patricia Smith (“Blood Dazzler”) is the luncheon speaker for this event, which focuses on how language shapes culture. For a taste, give a listen to Smith honoring “the architect of rock and roll,” Little Richard, here. The IUPUI event includes local poets, students and educators. Details here.

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Also this week:

February 24, 2010

Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes, Ed Wank and the Blue Collar Bluegrass band, and Danny Thompson and Tufty pay tribute to the Man in Black at “Cash Bash,” Jan. 27 at Radio Radio. Details here.

Harry Connick Jr., Feb. 28 at the Murat Theatre. Details here.

The Phoenix Theatre presents the political-turns-personal thriller “Sunlight” by Sharr White, Feb. 25 to March 20. Details here.
 
Purdue Convocations presents Martha Graham Dance Company, Feb. 27, at Elliot Hall of Music. Details here.
 

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Housing

February 23, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity dropped 2.1 percent for the week ended Feb. 12, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Rates for 30-year loans were unchanged at 4.94 percent, and rates for 15-year mortgages were unchanged at 4.33 percent.
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People

February 23, 2010
John S. Sebree has joined Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP as a managing director in the investment sales group in the company’s Indianapolis office. Sebree will focus on multi-housing investment sales in Indiana and the Midwest.
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Sales/acquisitions

February 23, 2010
RPD Catalyst, a private equity investor based in Los Angeles, purchased Harbour Town Apartments and Condominiums, a 120-unit apartment community and newly completed 45-unit condominium building on Morse Reservoir, near Noblesville. The property includes a building pad that can accommodate another 45-unit condominium building. The exact sales price wasn’t disclosed but was less than $5 million. T. Scott Pollom Sr. of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker represented the buyer in the cash transaction. The seller was Fifth Third Bank.
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Leasing/leasing contracts

February 23, 2010
-Quinlan Marketing Inc. leased 11,477 square feet of office space at 550 Congressional Blvd., Carmel. The tenant was represented by Pete Anderson of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker. The landlord, 550 Congressional Blvd. LLC, was represented by David A. Moore, Darrin L. Boyd and Mary Beth Kohart, also of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker.

-Empire Beauty leased 10,000 square feet at Speedway Super Center, 6020 Crawfordsville Road. The tenant was represented by Cindy Hoskinson, Herb Feldmann and Ron Mannon of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The landlord, Centro Properties Group, represented itself in the transaction.

-McGuire Sponsel subleased 4,200 square feet of office space at Capital Center, 201 N. Illinois St. The tenant was represented by Michael R. Semler of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker. The lessor, Huntington Bank, was represented by Jon R. Owens and Russell VanTil, also of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker.

-Kilroy’s subleased the 8,533-square-foot former Smokey Bones Restaurant at 201 S. Meridian St. Steve Delaney of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate represented both the tenant, Paul Murzyn, and the lessor, Darden Restaurants, in the transaction.

-Sun Tan City leased 2,747 square feet at Scatterfield Pavilion, 4739 Scatterfield Road, Anderson. The tenant was represented by Ed Bonnacker of The Swiss Group. The landlord, Scatterfield Pavilion LLC, was represented by Scot Courtney and Bart Jackson of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.

-Asset Management Specialists leased 3,000 square feet at the Seastrom Building, 2351 Kentucky Ave. The tenant was represented by Evert Hauser of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The landlord, Seastrom & Co., represented itself in the transaction.

-Cherokee Tire leased 2,400 square feet at 5316 W. Minnesota St. The landlord, Blue Real Estate, was represented by Brian Buschuk and Jake Sturman of Jones Lang LaSalle. The tenant represented itself in the transaction.   
 
-Seccion Amarilla USA LLC leased 2,300 square feet at Lake Plaza, 6801 Lake Plaza Drive. The tenant was represented by Miami-based CresaPartners. The landlord, Lake Plaza LLC and LeBarron Investments, was represented by Debbie Shumate of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.

-Kays CPA Group PC leased 2,047 square feet of office space at 3021 E. 98th St. The tenant was represented by Bryan Miller of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker. The landlord, Brookfield Real Estate Opportunity Group, was represented by David A. Moore and Darrin L. Boyd, also of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker.
 
-eImagine Technology Group leased 1,924 square feet of office space at 6081 E. 82nd St. The tenant was represented by Jenna Barnett of Halakar Real Estate. The landlord, Brookfield Real Estate Opportunity Group, was represented by David A. Moore and Darrin L. Boyd of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker.

-Little Caesars leased 1,467 square feet at 809 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville. The tenant was represented by Ron Mannon of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The landlord, Family Video Movie Club Inc., represented itself in the transaction.

-Ronald Blue & Co. LLC leased 1,714 square feet at the Indiana American Office Building, 555 E. County Line Road, Greenwood. The tenant was represented by Mark Dietel of Royal Companies Inc. The landlord, County Line Holdings LLC, was represented by Ed Troha of CB Richard Ellis.
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Indiana part of national medical school surge

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Marian University's planned medical school is one of two dozen nationally, but budget cuts are forcing Indiana University to retreat on enrollment expansion.
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People

February 17, 2010

Jeff Radabaugh has been promoted to vice president of Clarian Health’s ambulatory services, which include LifeLine Critical Care Transport, Clarian Home Care and Hospice services, Clarian Sleep Disorders Centers and Clarian Occupational Health programs. Radabaugh’s group now also will support Clarian Health affiliates throughout the state.

Cara Breidster, corporate controller for Clarian Health, has been promoted to vice president of finance and corporate controller.

Debra Bedwell
, a registered nurse, has been named director of Community MedCheck Express.

Kelly Grabman has been named site manager for Community Physicians of Indiana’s County Line Medical Pavilion.

Sharon Jenkins was named site manager for Pendleton Medical Group, Lapel Medical Arts and Fortville Community Medicine.

Teresa Miller, a registered nurse, has been named clinical manager for the intensive care and progressive care unit at Community Hospital South.

Timothy Tapp was named chief operating officer at Gallahue Mental Health Services.

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Q&A: Dr. John Fitzgerald

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Clinic, launched about a year ago, has signed 412 physicians as employees, and is still working toward a goal of as many as 1,500 by 2011. The clinic, a joint venture of Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine, is headed by Dr. John Fitzgerald. He discussed the progress.
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Company news

February 17, 2010

Forget venture capital. Forget selling the firm outright. ImmuneWorks, an Indianapolis-based biotech firm, is taking a different route to get early-stage funding for money-sucking biotech drug development. The company signed a joint development agreement with Lung Rx, a subsidiary of Maryland-based United Therapeutics Corp. Lung Rx will fund ImmuneWorks' research and development operations with the option of acquiring the firm. ImmuneWorks, based on the research of Dr. David Wilkes at the Indiana University School of Medicine, is trying to develop treatments for orphan lung diseases, which affect fewer than 200,000 people nationwide.

Looks like the changing of the guard in Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.’s research operations is going beyond Dr. Steve Paul. In the same month Paul retired, his top lieutenant, Dr. William Chin, has taken a newly created job at Harvard Medical School. Chin was Lilly’s senior vice president for discovery research and clinical investigation. Paul was replaced by Jan M. Lundberg, former head of global discovery research at London-based AstraZeneca plc. Looks like Lundberg will be bringing in his own team.

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have identified a mechanism by which tuberculosis evades the body’s immune system and have identified a compound that blocks the tuberculosis bacteria’s ability to survive. Those insights could lead to new drugs to treat tuberculosis. Zhong-Yin Zhang, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, was the lead author explaining the discoveries in in this week’s online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Zhang’s team also described an anti-tuberculosis compound they have synthesized, A09. The compound is now being evaluated in animals at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

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Gretchen Wilson

February 17, 2010

Gretchen Wilson
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8 Seconds Saloon
Love country music? Well, you’ve got a big choice to make on Friday. Choice 1: You can catch self-proclaimed “Redneck Woman” Gretchen Wilson on tour in support of her latest album, “I Got Your Country Right Here.” Details on the show here. Or you can go old-school and see …
 

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  1. why oh why does this state continue to elect these people....do you wonder how much was graft out of the 3.8 billion?

  2. i too think this is a great idea. I think the vision and need is there as well. But also agree with Wendy that there may be better location in our city to fulfill this vision and help grow the sports of hockey and figure skating in Indy. Also to help further develop other parts of the city that seem often forgotten. Any of the other 6 townships out side of the three northernmost could benefit greatly from a facility and a vision like this. For a vision that sounds philanthropic, the location is appears more about the money. Would really like to see it elsewhere, but still wish the development the best of luck, as we can always use more ice in the city. As for the Ice growth when they return, if schedules can be coordinated with the Fuel, what could be better than to have high level hockey available to go see every weekend of the season? Good luck with the development and the return of the Ice.

  3. How many parking spaces do they have at Ironworks? Will residents have reserved spaces or will they have to troll for a space among the people that are there at Ruth Chris & Sangiovese?

  4. You do not get speeding ticket first time you speed and this is not first time Mr.Page has speed. One act should not define a man and this one act won't. He got off with a slap on the wrist. I agree with judge no person was injured by his actions. The state was robbed of money by paying too much rent for a building and that money could have been used for social services. The Page family maybe "generous" with their money but for most part all of it is dirty money that he obtained for sources that are not on the upright. Page is the kind of lawyer that gives lawyers a bad name. He paid off this judge like he has many other tine and walked away. Does he still have his license. I believe so. Hire him to get you confiscated drug money back. He will. It will cost you.

  5. I remain amazed at the level of expertise of the average Internet Television Executive. Obviously they have all the answers and know the business inside and out.

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