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LOU'S VIEWS: In the City of Angels, the stars aren't only on screen

June 25, 2011
Lou Harry
Greetings from California, where the question of the week was, “Is L.A. a theater town?
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HETRICK: Does then and there top here and now?

June 25, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
In a meeting last week, I found myself reminiscing with my first client about a conversation we’d had with then-Indianapolis mayor Steve Goldsmith 17 years ago.
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16 Tech District holds great promiseRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
The recently announced 16 Tech District adds a new tool to Indianapolis’ strong life sciences arsenal.
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Insurance industry protects consumersRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
I write in response to [Julia Vaughn’s Forefront column June 13] titled “State protects insurers better than consumers” and its mistaken view that insurance commissioner Stephen Robertson’s support of medical loss ratio reform does nothing to protect consumers.
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Another call to add a Dillard's downtownRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
I couldn’t agree with [Greg Morris commentary, June 6] more about bringing Dillard’s to Indianapolis.
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Turn failed IPS sites into charter schoolsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
No one obviously wants the government to raise our children, but it is clear to me that someone needs to step up and create real reform in the state’s largest school district.
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Lugar column sparks policy questionsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Sen. Lugar, although I think of myself as conservative, I disagree with you on some points [in your May 23 Forefront column].
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FERGUSON: Defunding sends states on dangerous pathRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Margaret Ferguson / Special to IBJ
Much more worrying to me is the fact that many of the poorest women (and men) in the state will be denied basic health services at least temporarily.
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KRULL: Left, right wings keep abortion battle ragingRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Both sides, of course, claim the public supports their position.
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SWAYZE: Behind the Planned Parenthood debateRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Sue Swayze / Special to IBJ
This certainly isn’t about health care. Approximately 97 percent of abortions are done on healthy women with healthy babies.
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MORELAND: Let's do more to improve community healthRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Doran Moreland / Special to IBJ
With so much evidence showing we are losing control of our health, why can we not collectively grab hold of this issue? I believe one reason is that Indiana is not an easy place to be healthy.
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DRESSLAR: Behold the new politics of school reformRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
David Dresslar / Special to IBJ
Traditional adversarial relationships between school district and teachers’ union leadership are evolving toward more collaborative relationships.
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BENNETT: No reform is toughest; all are getting careful attentionRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Tony Bennett / Special to IBJ
From the very beginning, we knew there was no silver bullet to creating world-class schools.
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HOWEY: Mourdock's big GOP gamble is taking hitsRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
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STYRING: How Pence can fight a Mediscare attackRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
“Don’t touch our Medicare” (and Social Security) will crush our kids and grandkids with horrendous taxes. To maintain otherwise is fantasy.
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WAGNER: The unappealing options for life after MitchRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
With a presidential bid off the table, those moderate Republicans who’ve loyally worked for Daniels over the years must now choose between life beyond politics or holding their noses on some issues just to stay in the game.
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LADWIG: Chambers of commerce have lost their wayRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Craig Ladwig / Special to IBJ
At best, many Indiana chambers see themselves as middlemen smoothing the government licensing and regulatory processes.
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MYERS: Keep fighting the winning battle against HIVRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Woodrow Myers / Special to IBJ
Research is paying off; prevention is working better than before; fear and discrimination have lessened.
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MAHERN: A call to properly honor civic giant HudnutRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
Save for a bust in the lobby of the City-County Building, you would never know he had ever been around.
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FARGO: Taking government transparency up a notchRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Anthony L. Fargo / Special to IBJ
The Internet has changed our expectations about the availability of information. We now expect information to be at our fingertips when we want it.
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EDITORIAL: A move to new digs isn't far-fetched for Angie's ListRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The idea of Angie’s List someday pulling up stakes just east of downtown and moving its 650 employees to Fishers, for example, is discouraging for anyone who recognizes the importance of a healthy city core, but the possibility should come as no surprise.
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MORRIS: Check out Conner Prairie's new $4 million gemRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Greg Morris
When I knew I was going to the exhibit opening, I was pleased because I’d heard so much about it, but I wasn’t expecting to emerge enthusiastically recommending it to just about everyone I talk to. Yet, that’s what happened.
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MARCUS: Hold the celebration; reality is just aheadRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Morton Marcus
Frequently, Hoosiers ride as passengers in one of the front cars on the business roller coaster.
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GUY: I have no predictions about the futureRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
John Guy
Those who try to predict the future do not tell us their track records, but they do ask us to buy their books.
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ALTOM: Don't sweat the cancer risk of cell phonesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Tim Altom
The evidence strongly shows that, for the business user, cell phones are the least of our worries, unless we’re in the habit of answering them in dense traffic.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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