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MORRIS: Beering sells good coffee for a good causeRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Greg Morris
Help yourself to some Mission Coffee and help the poor Panamanians who put it in your cup.
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KENNEDY: Daniels diminishing higher learningRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
The current political focus on what we used to call “vocational education” not only minimizes the value of a liberal education, it ignores the reality of today’s job market.
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Hicks: Who actually pays the taxes? Good questionRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Mike Hicks
Among the most misunderstood concepts in public policy is the burden of taxes. One unfortunate result is a good bit of bitterness and calumny over who pays their fair share.
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Skarbeck: New rules could take shine off money market fundsRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
The Securities and Exchange Commission last month approved new rules for money market funds, which require institutional “prime” money funds and municipal funds to have a floating net asset value, or NAV.
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LOPRESTI: Catching up with an exclusive Colts group, the 21 QB clubRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
We know all about Manning and Luck, but what about the others who've lined up under center?
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DINING: A Utah-based chain deli piles on the meat at CityWay

August 23, 2014
Lou Harry
Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen fills in the empty spot vacated by Orange Leaf.
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HOOPER: Ritz didn’t politicize public educationRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Glenda Ritz isn’t responsible for politicizing education policy. That distinction goes to her predecessor, Tony Bennett, the Republican she unseated two years ago.
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Maurer distorted Pence positionRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
When I read Mickey Maurer's [Aug. 25 column] “Is there room for compassion in politics?” I was simply taken aback.
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LOU's VIEWS: Great game hunting at GenCon 2014

August 23, 2014
Lou Harry
GenCon has left behind a trail of games acquired by more than 56,000 attendees...including me. Here are my favorites, with options to please the game aficionado without scaring off the Apples to Apples crowd.
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EDITORIAL: Public deserves full disclosure

August 16, 2014
The city might be negotiating a sweet deal for Indianapolis taxpayers over the proposed $500 million justice center to be built across from the Indianapolis Zoo on the former site of General Motors’ stamping plant. Or, taxpayers might be getting a bad deal.
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RUSTHOVEN: Carter keeps the world ‘enlightened’Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Former President Jimmy Carter recently volunteered his wisdom on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. In Carter’s view, hostilities were not sparked by Hamas’ firing rockets at Israeli citizens, nor tunneling from Gaza into Israel to kill and kidnap civilians.
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LAMKIN: Tax tips for a reform-minded PenceRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Ned Lamkin
Determining governmental and tax structures is a major responsibility of state government. But, as we proceed into the 21st century, it is important to note that the size, density and distribution of our population have changed over the last 1-1/2 centuries.
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MAURER: Is there room for compassion in politics?Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
A humanitarian crisis doesn't always bring out the best in us.
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LOPRESTI: What’s in a number? Plenty, if it’s attached to your jersey

August 16, 2014
A stroll through the digits reveals a wealth of Hoosier-state sports lore.
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Hicks: College success comes to those who persevereRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Mike Hicks
About half of all young people try college, but only half of that group finish a degree. The difference between these groups is almost wholly due to old-fashioned hard work and perseverance.
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Kim: Investors--watch out for penny-stock 'wolves'Restricted Content

August 16, 2014
Mickey Kim
Accurate information about low-priced stocks issued by the smallest of companies can be difficult to find. This makes it easy for fraudsters to spread false information. It’s truly the Wild West of speculation.
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TRY THIS: A caving adventurer discovers the upside of the underworld

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
We're a three-person caving group about to enter Sullivan Cave. Our leader locks the gate behind us.
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DINING: Bar should be set a little higher on promising new taqueria

August 16, 2014
Lou Harry
At BarRio Taco & Tequila Bar, the elements are in play but the recipe doesn't quite work yet
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Change schools chief title while we’re at itRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
I support the initiative being pushed to move the position of state schools chief to an appointed position. While we are at it can we also change the title of the position to Superintendent of Schools?
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How to upgrade International Motor SpeedwayRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
The quality of the racing entertainment at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is unsurpassed by any track [Aug. 4]. If the ultimate goal is to attract more fans, then Doug Boles must make their comfort a top priority.
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EDITORIAL: Covanta deal raises red flagsRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
It doesn’t take an expert in recycling technology to raise at least a few concerns with the city’s newly approved contract with New Jersey-based Covanta.
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KENNEDY: Indianapolis needs a commuter taxRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
No matter how nostalgically we think of Indiana as a patchwork of small, quaint towns and family farms, those days are gone. Indiana’s workforce and population are increasingly metropolitan, and our growth will continue to be in our urban centers.
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JOSEPH: Small businesses must grow upRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Hannah Kaufman Joseph
Many businesses that were started in the recession are growing up. And while those businesses are probably tougher and nimbler than their competition, they are still a lot younger than they look.
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LOPRESTI: Schumacher has stories to tell after 57 years with Indians

August 9, 2014
There was the time former team president Owen Bush wanted no part of Harmon Killebrew.
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DINING: State Fair finds

August 9, 2014
Lou Harry
Yes, some of it is deep fried. And it won’t be mistaken for health food. But this year's new culinary offerings at the Fairgrounds showed surprising range.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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