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COTA: Get out of town ... but click first

December 5, 2009
Jim Cota
There's a lot more than Travelocity when it comes to booking travel online.
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DINING: Kilroy's is here

December 5, 2009
Lou Harry
Kilroy's Bar n' Grill, the Bloomington college-crowd staple, comes to the big city.
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BENNER: Ninety years of tennis history ends with a thudRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Bill Benner
Say goodbye to tournament tennis in Indy. I feel bad for all those who invested their time, effort and money into sustaining the presence of world-class tennis here.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Oh Christmas plays, oh Christmas plays

December 5, 2009
Lou Harry
Holiday season staples take the stages at the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre.
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ALTOM: It's time to rethink reliance on PowerPoint presentationsRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Tim Altom
A college administrator believes technology shifts the educational focus from the wits and wisdom of the instructor to the bullet points in the presentations.
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EDITORIAL: Dodson, Durham take different approach to doing business

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
This week’s issue features stories about two local businessmen. Both are native Hoosiers in their late 40s who showed entrepreneurial instincts at a young age. But the similarities end there.
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KATTERJOHN: Indiana Achievement Awards live onRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
en years ago, Dodson Group CEO Jim Dodson came to IBJ with an idea to launch a program that would recognize best practices in the not-for-profit community and reward organizations that practiced them. And not just with a pat on the back—with hard cash.
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WIEGAND: School competition good for community

December 5, 2009
Kurt Wiegand
It’s vitally important to have innovative, competitive and successful school options available to attract and retain middle-class families in the neighborhoods.
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Literacy is a lifelong gift

December 5, 2009
It was with great interest that I read Morton Marcus’ [Nov. 30] column encouraging us to spend responsibly this holiday season, and to “give a check to your local adult literacy program.” It was with added delight when I read Theresa Rhodes’ column on the same page suggesting that readers consider volunteering by “helping an adult learn to read.
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HICKS: Scandal may put chill on global-warming researchRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Mike Hicks
A long series of leaked or hacked e-mails strongly indicate that several prominent climate scientists have hidden data, conspired to hide unfavorable findings, and doctored scientific evidence.
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MARCUS: Grandson learns facts of Hoosier life

December 5, 2009
Morton Marcus
My grandson, Nathaniel, recently had his first birthday. Soon thereafter, I took him to a doughnut shop to teach him the facts of life. If he is to become an adult Hoosier, there are things he must learn.
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SKARBECK: Even more investigations increase market cynicismRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
As if Wall Street needs another black eye, an expanding probe into insider trading threatens to elevate public cynicism over whether there’s a level playing field in public markets and raise skepticism about the ability of regulators to police them.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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DINING: Appetizing name raises restaurant expectations

November 28, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When you name your restaurant Oh Yumm! Bistro, you've set the bar pretty high.
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BENNER: Should franchise records of Baltimore, Indy really mix?Restricted Content

November 28, 2009
Bill Benner
When Colts tight end Dallas Clark made that one-handed touchdown catch, moving him past the legendary Baltimore Colt John Mackey, questions once again arose.
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RHODES: Volunteering offers huge payback

November 28, 2009
Theresa Farrington Rhodes
On any given day in Indianapolis, hundreds of people will volunteer their time tutoring children, stocking food pantry shelves, raising funds and providing leadership for not-for-profit organizations that are making a difference in our community.
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Meeting Palin was honor

November 28, 2009
My family and I don’t follow sports. We don’t know current actors or television shows. What excites us is conservative politics.
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EDITORIAL: Airport vendors deserve a break

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Concessionaires at Indianapolis International Airport are asking the Airport Authority for relief from a policy that requires them to price their goods at a level consistent with what consumers pay at non-airport retailers. We agree the airport shops need a break.
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MAURER: Mayor Ballard's rules going up in smokeRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Mayor Greg Ballard published his book “The Ballard Rules” in 2005. Apparently, the rules do not apply to Ballard.
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MARCUS: 'Tis the season to spend responsibly

November 28, 2009
Morton Marcus
Initially, I was going to write this week about the innumerable foolish purchases we could make this holiday season. As I looked through the Sunday newspaper, I felt overwhelmed by the advertisements that offered such deliciously dumb items as a singing toothbrush holder.
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HETRICK: Let's make Thanksgiving a year-round conceptRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Few of us fare well on our own accord. So when as the last time you surprised someone with gratitude?
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EDITORIAL: Hardball tactics put City Market tenants in a bind

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard can’t have it both ways with City Market.
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MARCUS: Citizens unite to halt progress

November 21, 2009
Morton Marcus
Herbert Hubert is an attorney with Hem Haw Hack and Hew. We met at the local Hot Java. He wanted to solicit my participation in a variety of causes with a common theme.
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FELDMANN: Put customer interest before revenue

November 21, 2009
Derrick Feldmann
Understanding the customer and his or her motivation is priceless, but it’s old-school and just half of the solution. The other half, making it easy for the customer to engage, is what sets growing organizations apart from stagnant ones.
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Patachou should respect community

November 21, 2009
At 49th and Pennsylvania, Café Patachou seeks to expand, open a new pizzeria, and use much of the public sidewalk for proposed outside seating.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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