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KENNEDY: Thinking outside the bankRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Let me begin with a caveat: I’m no expert on financial services or the economics of banking. Like most middle-class Americans, my interactions with banking are all decidedly “retail”—checking and savings accounts, mortgages and car loans.
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MADDOX: Wolves are still at Gramma's doorRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Mark Maddox
In the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, disgraced broker and owner of the now-defunct brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, is portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio as over-the-top good looking, witty and motivational. Belfort, if we are to believe what we see in the film, is a phenomenal salesman—a self-made man committed to making lots of money for himself and his friends.
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Much of ambitious legislative agenda remains aliveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Despite concerns that debating a constitutional amendment defining marriage would rip our state apart, that didn’t happen and the General Assembly has proven quite productive—as well as judicious in deciding what issues not to become entangled in during the “short” session.
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LOPRESTI: ABA Pacers, bound by championships, wait for next one

February 8, 2014
Players who made magic for the team in the early 1970s are waiting for next chapter to be written.
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HETRICK: If you rely on air and water, you’ll want to read this

February 8, 2014
Bruce Hetrick
At the Statehouse, the crime in progress is voluntary bondage—not in the sexual sense, but what Dictionary.com calls “the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control.”
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DINING: Husk-y newcomer The Tamale Place added to market options

February 8, 2014
Lou Harry
The place Guy Fieri visited on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" opens a City Market spot. Here's a review.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT triple play shows gentle side of Vonnegut

February 8, 2014
Lou Harry
Before he was a literary icon, Vonnegut was a struggling writer finding his voice through short stories. Three are woven together into the play "Who Am I This Time?"
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Hicks: Sustainable middle class now built on workRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Mike Hicks
America's middle class was first built upon an unsustainable combination of low-productivity, high-wage jobs in large factories. The second half of the 20th century saw a different middle class emerge, with workers across many industries applying high-value-added human capital to the production of goods and increasingly services.
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Skarbeck: Analysts' quarterly focus can lead investors astrayRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
Wall Street analysts are notorious for their short-term attention spans. This leads to undue scrutiny of a company’s quarterly figures and can lead to poor decisions by investors.
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EDITORIAL: Roll out red carpet for NRA confabRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Few trade groups are more polarizing, so city officials, the local hospitality industry and the NRA itself have all been remarkably low-key about the group's upcoming visit.
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MORRIS: Strong work ethic is key to finding a jobRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Greg Morris
You can usually tell from a candidate's past how dedicated they'll be as an employee.
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Argument was selectiveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Sheila Suess Kennedy should not have endorsed the Christian Theological Seminary president’s position [Jan. 27] even though his conclusion is the one she prefers.
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Empower parents with educationRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
In “Pushing back against education ‘reform’” [Jan. 20 Forefront], Doug Masson seems to lump innovations such as charter schools in with vouchers and derides both.
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EDITORIAL: Commuter tax needs fences

February 1, 2014
Indy Chamber might incite a little road rage by proposing a commuter tax that would allow Indianapolis to collect revenue from those who work in the city but live outside county lines.
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RUSTHOVEN: The House made the right decisionRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
In January, this conservative testified to the Legislature on behalf of Freedom Indiana against the then-version of the proposed Indiana constitutional amendment on gay marriage. Here’s why.
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SULLIVAN: Rural areas stick it to Indy againRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Richard Sullivan / Special to IBJ
Many years ago, a legislator told me it was “country bankers” who killed Indiana banking. They and their lawmakers carried the day in the 1970s and 1980s with regulations against buying banks across county lines. The big Indianapolis banks were thus held in check.
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Hicks: Policy levers to fight poverty hit their limitationsRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Mike Hicks
The big lesson on research and data about poverty is the limited effectiveness of public policy. For healthy people in long-term poverty, nearly all have made at least one of the big three mistakes: quitting high school, using drugs or having kids without a partner.
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Kim: Lessons from global crisis painful but also valuableRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Mickey Kim
Value investing can look foolish short term, but usually pays off long term.
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LOPRESTI: The Sochi Olympics—a bizarre blend of sport and fear

February 1, 2014
Heavy security at Olympics is nothing new, but this year foreboding hits a new high.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Caving in to 'Caveman' spear pressure

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry

I’ve been avoiding “Defending the Caveman” since the early 1990s, when Rob Becker’s one-man show still featured Rob Becker playing Rob Becker.

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Lawmakers begin to shift focus beyond HJR 3Restricted Content

February 1, 2014
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At Perfect North, there's no business like snow business

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry

“The first year, we had about 700 visitors,” said Chip Perfect. “That’s a typical Saturday for us now.”

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RACE: Make it Mallory: East Washington as creative corridorRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Old factory is one of many existing assets that can reverse fortunes of a struggling neighborhood.
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DINING: The bowl and the beautiful

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry
For many eateries, soup is an afterthought. But not for Soupremacy, where it's the main event.
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MAURER: Anti-Semitism far from extinctRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Mickey Maurer
Plenty of examples, both at home and abroad, show the world is still an unfriendly place.
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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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