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Back to school in hard times

August 12, 2008
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Colleges and universities tend to see enrollment boom when the economy goes south, and this down cycle appears to be little different. Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis all have announced in recent weeks that enrollments...
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Do you demand a 401(k)?

August 11, 2008
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Corporations are boosting 401(k) plans even as they abandon traditional pension plans. Workers are getting automatic enrollment, more investment options and greater contributions from employers. Employees want 401(k)s, and theyâ??re good for business, companies say. In fact, companies without 401(k)s...
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Anderson gets a 50-foot rabbit

August 7, 2008
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Nestle has gotten the green light from the city of Anderson to build a 50-foot-tall rabbit near the companyâ??s new Nesquik plant along I-69. The steel and fiberglass rabbit will look like the smiling cartoon logo thatâ??s been on...
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When to blow the whistle

August 6, 2008
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Whistleblowers are learning the hard way that they wonâ??t necessarily get their jobs back by exposing problems. The latest such case involved a former banker who saw his case rejected by an appeals court. The court ruled that his...
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Indiana's entrepreneurial hotspots

August 5, 2008
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If youâ??re an entrepreneur, or dream of one day becoming one, which place in the state offers the best opportunity? Are you a fan of fast-growing exurbs like Fishers? If youâ??re into medical startups, is the best spot on the downtown...
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Ball State tosses IU a grenade

August 4, 2008
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Three Ball State University economists have gone public in recent weeks with their distaste for corporate social responsibility as it’s practiced these days. Philip Coelho and James McClure argued in a letter to the editor in The Herald-Times of Bloomington that...
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Friedman's influence on Indy

July 30, 2008
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As fans of the late Milton Friedman gather at the Conrad Hotel tomorrow night to celebrate the libertarian economist, theyâ??ll have plenty to crow about. Ironically, though, Friedmanâ??s ideas about turning education over to market forces have failed to gain much...
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Hummer buyers are back

July 29, 2008
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Gas prices have been up for quite a while now, so are buyers of the H2 Hummer, the king of sport-utility vehicles, pulling back? Not as much as one might think, says Corey Lockhart, Hummer general manager at Lockhart Hummer in...
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Time for animal-rights legislation?

July 28, 2008
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California voters are being asked this fall to vote on an initiative that would do away with tiny cages for egg-laying hens and other staples of corporate agriculture. The rights bill for farm animals is the most sweeping in...
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Updating disabilities regulations

July 25, 2008
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Eighteen years have passed since the Americans with Disabilities Act opened doors for people who hadnâ??t been able to participate in much of American society â?? and brought a corresponding flood of construction costs and lawsuits. Now the Justice Department is...
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Schellinger looks back

July 24, 2008
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The Democratic primary race between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and winner Barack Obama attracted so much attention that the Indiana governorâ??s race got short shrift â?? and the governorâ??s race still isnâ??t getting the respect it deserves. Thatâ??s how Jim Schellinger...
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Fist-bumping the handshake

July 22, 2008
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The handshake â?? a meet-and-greet fixture since medieval folks developed the gesture to show they werenâ??t armed â?? is beginning to be replaced in some circumstances by the fist bump. Lightly tapping fists has been a staple of athletes...
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The 'vicious cycle' at newspapers

July 21, 2008
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A new study shows newspapers continue to lose advertising dollars and circulation to the Internet, and theyâ??re slicing ever deeper into newsroom budgets to try to stay in the black. Stories are shorter and devote less attention to international...
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Beware of buying 'flood' cars

July 18, 2008
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More than a month has passed since the June 7 floods inundated much of southern Indiana, plenty of time for unsuspecting consumers to buy once-soggy vehicles. The flooding was a drop in the bucket compared to what hit New Orleans and...
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Did airport decision split the baby?

July 18, 2008
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As expected, the airport authority has opted to put Weir Cooksâ?? name on a major street leading to the new terminal as well as the terminal itself. Would the airportâ??s brand equity have been eroded had the board renamed...
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Living with feisty inflation

July 16, 2008
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You might have seen the startling news this morning about inflation. The cost of living exploded by 1.1 percent in June, which is a sobering annual rate above 13 percent. One of the Indianapolis areaâ??s leading financial planners says...
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IUPUI apologizes to janitor

July 14, 2008
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How did we get to the point where someone can be accused of racial harassment for reading a scholarly book about the Ku Klux Klan â?? a book in which the good guys, Notre Dame students, whip the bad guys,...
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Paddlefish caviar goes toxic

July 11, 2008
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Commercial fishing outfits are taking tons of caviar from paddlefish in the Ohio River because severe restrictions on fishing for Russian sturgeon in the Caspian Sea have depleted the supply of the eggs. But thereâ??s a problem: Indiana along with...
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Kempton is red-hot

July 10, 2008
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Ever heard of Kempton? Itâ??s a burg between Indianapolis and Kokomo that just happens to be the second-fastest growing town in the state. Kemptonâ??s population last year was 716, an increase of 27 percent in just one year, according to an...
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Incentives as a way of life

July 9, 2008
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Competition for jobs and investment has become so fierce that companies with a good growth plan are firmly in the driverâ??s seat. A local example is Bowen Engineering Corp., which is asking for $290,000 in incentives from Indianapolis to move its...
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Match your wits with an Indian child

July 8, 2008
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Bob Compton has taken a few arrows in the back since he began screening the film he funded, â??2 Million Minutes,â?? last fall. Compton, who was a venture capitalist at CID Equity Partners before striking out on his own to bankroll...
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Is Bloomington anti-business?

July 7, 2008
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Bloomington has a reputation as one of the toughest places in the state to do business. Its regulations are thickets, its bureaucrats nit-pickers, its public officials aloof. At least thatâ??s how many businesspeople view the city. The latest controversy pits...
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Prostitution and Nuvo

July 3, 2008
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Yesterday's story of an Indianapolis police officer and his wife being accused of running a prostitution ring took an interesting turn this morning when Nuvo issued a release denying any connection to the alleged wrong-doing. Lori Vernon-Lee has advertised in Nuvo for...
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Michigan's pain, Indiana's gain

July 2, 2008
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Detroit keeps turning out bad news, what with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler losing market share and Volkswagenâ??s announcement last fall that it would abandon the city and move its U.S. headquarters to Virginia. Now Volkswagen is days away from unveiling...
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Executive pay is 'flat'

July 2, 2008
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Indianapolis-area executives are struggling to keep their compensation at last yearâ??s levels â?? which were no improvement over 2006. Thatâ??s the observation of compensation specialist Debi Muelller, a partner in the human relations firm HR Dimensions. â??At best, itâ??s flat,â?? says Mueller...
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  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

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