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Elementary smarts

June 24, 2009
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Tony Bennett, the stateâ??s new education chief, has said children who canâ??t read or write before reaching middle school years are all but doomed to struggle through the rest of their academic careers. So, IBJ reporter J.K. Wall notes...
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Housing gridlock

June 23, 2009
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Itâ??s old news that houses arenâ??t selling. But did you realize the situation is so bad that migration around the country has all but stopped? Thatâ??s what Ball State University economist Mike Hicks and a colleague at the Mackinaw Center for...
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Smart phones and meetings

June 22, 2009
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The days of only the powerful few getting by with tapping their Blackberries during meetings are long gone. When was the last time you were in a gathering where more people seemed interested in the topic or the speaker...
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Merits, demerits of adjunct profs

June 19, 2009
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Ivy Tech Community College canâ??t hire adjunct faculty fast enough to teach its ballooning number of students. The system is scouring locales where its campuses are located for people with masterâ??s degrees who could teach part time: The going...
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Innovation drought?

June 8, 2009
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Beneath Americaâ??s financial woes lies a lack of innovation, a recent BusinessWeek article argues. A paucity of breakthrough products could have triggered the nationâ??s borrowing binge and ultimately the financial meltdown, it says. Hereâ??s the logic: A decade ago,...
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Reining in bouncers

June 5, 2009
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Thereâ??s nothing like a menacing bouncer to keep the peace at some nightclubs. Now, though, cities weary of bouncers causing more havoc than calm â?? think beatings and assaults â?? are forcing them to get licenses. San Diego...
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Goldsmithâ??s latest venture

June 4, 2009
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Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith, never one to let grass grow under his feet, has started a not-for-profit with one-time presidential candidate Howard Dean to promote Goldsmithâ??s pet cause of public-private partnerships. The Council of Project Finance Advisors aims...
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An outsider cautions Indianapolis

June 3, 2009
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Before you hear Ed Morrisonâ??s warning for Indianapolis, itâ??s helpful to know the Cleveland-area resident is a fan. Morrison, who was hired by Purdue University a couple of years ago to help Hoosiers think of new ways of solving problems, believes...
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Bargaining away the reserve

June 2, 2009
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In his five-minute address last night, Mitch Daniels referred to other statesâ?? fiscal woes no fewer than four times. Daniels, who is so fiscally conservative that one wonders whether he darns his own socks, is rightfully proud that his state hasnâ??t...
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Downsides to city sponsorships

May 29, 2009
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As the city of Indianapolis continues to explore selling sponsorships to help bridge a yawning budget gap, some interesting ideas are turning up. As IBJ writer Riya V. Anandwala reports, proposals include sponsoring abandoned lots, underwriting the salting of city...
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GM's looming bankruptcy

May 29, 2009
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So, three decades of decline has come to this for General Motors: a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition expected to be filed Monday. Lots of problems contributed to its downfall, but now the carmaker faces an extremely steep climb. The bankruptcy...
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Happy, unhappy teachers

May 28, 2009
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Teachers in private schools are happier â?? much happier â?? than their public school counterparts, according to a new study by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. The Indianapolis foundation, created by one of the 20th Centuryâ??s most influential...
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The recession hits churches

May 26, 2009
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Churches, which tend to ride out recessions better than many other institutions, are struggling to finish building projects, reporter Kathleen McLaughlin writes in this weekendâ??s IBJ. The recession and stock market downturn have forced parishioners to scale back commitments,...
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Stressed college grads

May 19, 2009
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A new poll shows college grads are worried about finding jobs â?? no surprise there, considering the sorry state of the economy. But the poll, taken by Edison Media Research, also shows a third of them fretting about their...
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Health care, Mayo Clinic style

May 18, 2009
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Mention Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Clarian Health in the same breath, and you have a front-page story, which is just what reporter J.K. Wall wrote in this weekâ??s IBJ. Clarian is moving ahead with plans to mimic the...
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Bye-bye, billable hour?

May 15, 2009
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A staple of professional services, the billable hour, is beginning to erode. Law firms increasingly are being asked to shoot a set price for a specific service, and now the movement is spreading to advertising, as Coca-Cola announced...
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Report: Life sciences rocks

May 13, 2009
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Indiana University handed the stateâ??s life sciences industry a nice love letter today in the form of a study. Pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and health care supplies were responsible for nearly a fourth of all jobs created in the state...
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Swine flu overblown?

May 12, 2009
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Swine flu dominated the news a couple of weeks ago as the virus spread out of Mexico and ultimately to more than 30 countries. Indiana now has 22 cases. However, once it became apparent the flu wouldnâ??t turn into a full-blown...
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Scott Sanders on the recession

May 11, 2009
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One of Indianaâ??s better-known living authors, Scott Russell Sanders, has spent most of his career writing about our relationship to the environment and our sense of place. Sanders newest book, â??A Conservationist Manifesto,â?? published last month by Indiana University...
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Race in the corner office

May 8, 2009
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Just when one hopes racial stereotypes are in retreat, along comes another study suggesting otherwise. Now weâ??re told that black CEOs with â??baby facesâ?? fare better than black CEOs with more "mature"-looking faces when it comes to results at...
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The future of anger management?

May 5, 2009
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A prediction by a military historian in a recent issue of Foreign Policy has something for everyone, including people interested in companies right here in Indiana. Writing in a special section about the future, Martin van Creveld notes that...
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Lessons from a small bank

May 4, 2009
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Sometimes one extreme sheds light on another extreme, and in a day when the nationâ??s financial system is under the microscope for making all manner of rotten loans, the experience of tiny Kentland Federal Savings & Loan Association might be...
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Fodder for special session

May 1, 2009
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Charitably speaking, not much got done in the legislative session that ended Wednesday. Now Gov. Daniels plans to call a special session to force passage of a budget, the only bodyâ??s only legal requirement. Should anything else be put on the...
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Return of the gas-guzzler?

April 29, 2009
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Americans are gravitating toward the kinds of vehicles theyâ??ll be buying for the next several years, says one of the nationâ??s leading automotive forecasters. John Wolkonowicz, senior auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, says the dominant vehicle of the future will...
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The â??fleeting expletivesâ?? decision

April 28, 2009
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This morning, the Supreme Court said in another of its 5-4 decisions that the federal government has authority to regulate occasional instances of profanity on broadcast television and radio, called â??fleeting expletives.â?? But the high court also ordered a...
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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