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Flurry of fitness chains takes aim at Indianapolis

January 22, 2007
Cory Schouten
At least five companies are scouting locations for dozens of new health clubs in a blitz that could help the city shed its reputation for high rates of obesity. The fitness club business is booming nationwide, and several chains are betting Hoosiers are among those looking for more convenient opportunities to get in shape.
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Angie's List explores rating doctorsRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Tom Murphy
Angie's List is preparing to bring its patented dose of consumer empowerment to your local doctor's office. The Web-based rating service--which started 2007 by expanding into 30 more cities--hopes to launch a pilot program in Indianapolis that rates doctors, insurers and others in the health care business.
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IMS Productions joins Web video networkRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
IMS Productions, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's video production arm, has agreed to be one of the primary content providers for The Venice Project, a collaboration of big-name Internet entrepreneurs intent on shaking up the television industry by launching a 30-plus-channel, TV-like network online.
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Welder shortage looms in central Indiana, nationwideRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
With demand for welders outstripping supply, manufacturers, road and bridge builders, and other construction company owners are all hurting. Despite a willingness to increase hourly wages and even offer signing bonuses, the search for welders is getting more desperate.
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Three-decade landfill battle rages onRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Chris O'Malley
World War II could have been fought seven times over since Ralph Reed and sons first tried to build Mallard Lake Landfill outside of Anderson. The Reeds' dream of big cash from trash has upset hundreds of residents in subdivision-dotted fields since the family asked Madison County to rezone their 254-acre farm in the 1970s.
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Collector betting comic-book heroes draw crowds to downtown museum

January 15, 2007
Cory Schouten
A museum in the works for downtown would feature one of the world's largest collections of super hero memorabilia, including a Batmobile and costumes worn by every actor who has played Superman on TV or in the movies.
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Columbia Club faces membership, financial issuesRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
The Columbia Club, the tradition-rich enclave where the city's business elite have gathered and cut deals for more than a century, is facing declining membership, the departure of its longtime general manager, and looming financial challenges--including a $5.5 million loan that comes due this summer.
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State to privatize mental-health hospitalRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
State officials are advancing plans to privatize a state-run hospital for the mentally ill and now are looking for a not-for-profit to build and manage a new facility in Indianapolis.
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Suburban builder J. Greg Allen to tackle downtownRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
J. Greg Allen & Associates has made a name for itself building suburban subdivisions, office buildings and retail complexes. Now, the developer is poised to tackle a pair of projects downtown.
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Cumulus stirs up airwaves with radio format switchRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Local officials for Georgiabased Cumulus Media Inc. have taken another risky leap, launching central Indiana's first commercial news-talk format on the FM dial.
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Local sign makers enjoy brisk business thanks to bank mergersRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Cory Schouten
Bank mergers have proven lucrative for local sign companies over the years. A string of mergers in the late 1980s and early 1990s wiped out the city's three big national banks--American Fletcher, Merchants National and Indiana National. In the years since, the industry has continued to consolidate, spawning a flurry of additional name changes.
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Fortville firm's helmet pads protect U.S. troopsRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Fortville-based Genesis Manufacturing makes helmet pads for U.S. troops through Colorado-based Skydex Technologies, which won a contract this fall with the U.S. Air Force for 120,000 helmet pad kits. Most of the helmets have wound up in Iraq, where the military has discovered soldiers need something more than Kevlar-lined helmets to survive roadside mines and exploding Toyotas.
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'Policy wonk' named president of Sagamore think tankRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Tom Murphy
A former U.S. attorney and self-proclaimed "policy wonk" has been charged with growing the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research's Midwestern roots. Krieg DeVault LLP lawyer Deborah Daniels became Sagamore's second president last month.
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Downtown ice rink in the worksRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Cory Schouten
Ice skating on Monument Circle ended in the mid-1980s after damage from the weight of ice was discovered in the fountain basin. But outdoor skating downtown might return. White River State Park plans to build a $1.5 million Olympic-size rink complete with sound and light equipment and a skate-rental stand.
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IPL cites project overruns as reason for rate hikeRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The cost of a pollution-control project at Indianapolis Power & Light's Harding Street generating station has soared over budget by $60 million, or 38 percent, and the utility wants its 465,000 customers in Marion County and nine others to help foot the bill.
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IMA may drop Puck for service lapseRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is considering whether to revoke Wolfgang Puck's exclusive catering contract after the company's slow service marred an important event in November.
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Ariad patent victory over Lilly among largest in 2006

January 3, 2007
Eli Lilly and Co.’s loss in May of a patent-infringement lawsuit brought by Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. went down as the 6th-largest such jury award last year, a Bloomberg analysis shows.
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Circle Truss proposed as gateway landmarkRestricted Content

January 1, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Arch welcomes visitors to St. Louis. San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge ushers in the masses. And soon the Circle Gateway Truss could greet travelers entering downtown Indianapolis.
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Winona Hospital litigation fizzlesRestricted Content

January 1, 2007
Tom Murphy
A court-appointed trustee in charge of Winona Memorial Hospital's bankruptcy says he believes former owners fleeced it for more than $4 million. But he has little to show from his two-year quest to recover money for creditors and now is winding down the case.
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U of I dean under fire from within departmentRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Chris O'Malley
Two years after Michael Shapiro was hired as dean of the business school at the University of Indianapolis, three current and three former U of I professors have filed a grievance against Shapiro, alleging that he has created a hostile work environment.
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Star diffuses flap with news unionRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Star has averted, for now, a labor dispute over management's request that unionized news employees write advertising copy--a practice considered taboo in the newspaper industry.
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Lottery privatization hinges on contractor's bolstering salesRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
To make the hefty payments to the state Gov. Mitch Daniels demands and still turn a profit, a private operator taking over the Hoosier Lottery would need to boost revenue by hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
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Firearm advocates take aim at employers' restrictionsRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Legislators in the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly are gearing up for a gunfight with high-caliber business implications. On one side are employees who prefer to pack heat during their commute. On the other are executives who see guns as a liability nightmare--even if they're locked in cars parked outside.
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Carmel company helps clients determine next big thingRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Justin Hesser
The employees of production-innovation consultant Insight2 interview customers, but they also watch and videotape them using various products. That footage then is dissected to see how consumers deal with problems they encounter. More times than not, the result is a new product intended to satisfy needs consumers didn't even know they had.
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Analysis shows little savings in biz-group consolidation

December 18, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
The merger of four of central Indiana's biggest business development organizations might achieve only modest cost savings, or even be more expensive than the status quo, a confidential financial analysis obtained by IBJ shows.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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