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DINING: The Eiteljorg cafe where soup is always on

July 27, 2009
Lou Harry
If all outdoor dining were as comfortable and stress-free as Sky City Cafe's, maybe I'd do it more often.
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SKARBECK: Growth of private trading should have us all worriedRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
It is ironic that in the aftermath of the credit crunch, with investors calling for more market transparency from Wall Street, opaque trading markets are thriving.
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HETRICK: Visiting Alaska, and sticking final pin in the mapRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
In my parent's basement hangs a map of the United States stuck with multicolored push pins showing where they've lived and visited. Until a few weeks ago, there were pins in every state but one.
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BENNER: Mom and Lance Armstrong had cancer in commonRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Bill Benner
A few years ago, when cyclist extraordinaire Lance Armstrong was in the midst of his phenomenal seven straight Tour de France titles, those yellow Livestrong bands seemed ubiquitous. But when Armstrong left competitive cycling, gradually those rubber yellow bands faded from view. I kept wearing mine, however, to remind me of the courage of my mother, Emma.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Abe Lincoln is back at Spencer County theater

July 20, 2009
Lou Harry
After I discovered it one summer, Lincoln Amphitheatre quickly became one of my favorite theaters in the state. Nestled in a state park in Spencer County, the covered-but-still-outdoor theater’s anchoring attraction was a show about young Abraham Lincoln, who spent his formative years just yards away.
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DINING: We'll take sushi over cigars, now and Zen

July 20, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
This week, our exploration of the city’s cultural district dining took us to Mass Ave, where the culinary cultural offerings just might outnumber the artsy fartsy stuff. Our destination: Bu Da Lounge (429 Massachusetts Ave., 602-3643), which bills itself as an Asian-inspired cigar bar but is generating buzz for its sushi selection.
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STYLE: New retailers add dimension to canal-side shopping

July 20, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Along with the debut of this new column, focusing on style in Indy and beyond, comes a Broad Ripple shopping shuffle, where the reorganization of two mainstays has given way to new life along the canal.
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BATTEN: FTC could resolve antitrust concerns on health care reformRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Linda M. Batten
President Obama recently announced a cooperative initiative where health care industry leaders plan to work together to reform the ailing health care system. Shortly after that announcement, the national media machine spawned considerable concern among several health care groups that the cooperative effort might violate federal antitrust laws for collusion and price fixing among competitors.
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PEASE: Archaic physical therapy laws drive up health costsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Brian Pease
If you want to see a physical therapist in Indiana, you must first see a physician for a consultation and referral. It’s the law. Indiana is one of only six states where patients are denied direct access to physical therapy treatment, and one of only two states where evaluation without referral is prohibited.
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EDITORIAL: City's fiscal creativity deserves supportRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
In trying times, people and businesses often have to get creative to make ends meet. The same should hold true for local government. That’s why we commend city leaders for thinking outside the box in considering two initiatives to cut costs and generate public revenue.
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KATTERJOHN: Climbing mountains for Parkinson'sRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
What is it about mountains? People climb them because they’re there. People climb them because the experience is humbling and rewarding. People climb them because they represent a physical and mental challenge that, once met, is deeply satisfying.
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MARCUS: Men, women use time differentlyRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Morton Marcus
On an average day, nearly 83 percent of women, but only 64 percent of men, spend time engaged in household activities, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plus, when women engage in household activities, they average two hours and 35 minutes per day while men average two hours and one minute.
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LIPPERT: GM woes strike close to homeRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Douglas Lippert
As someone who grew up in Michigan during the 1960s and 1970s, watching General Motors Corp. self-destruct was like seeing a loved one make bad decisions then watching him suffer the consequences.
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FedEx must maintain flexibilityRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Like many businesses and local commerce, the FedEx Express hub at Indianapolis International Airport is trying to thrive during a decline in shipping and an increase in fuel prices.
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IPS was winner in state budgetRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
IBJ is completely off base to suggest that the new state budget was “balanced on the backs of poor children.” As has been true of every state budget for the last two decades, students in Indianapolis Public Schools and other urban districts are actually the biggest winners in this budget.
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Area cities have curb appealRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
I agree with [Morton Marcus’ June 15 column] on urban entryways. I just wanted to point out that two of our small towns in Indianapolis have done a good job of making entryways into their community attractive.

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Stopping nukes should be priorityRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Uniting the Arab world toward accepting Israel is very important, but stopping Iran from developing nuclear capability must be top priority for all our world.
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Brebeuf makes green stridesRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
In 2007, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School was named the first Green Flag School in Indiana as part of a national environmental awards program that creates safer and healthier school environments through investigation, education, innovation and action.
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Stimulus plan must work now ... or it never willRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Mike Hicks
The postmortem and dissection of the federal economic stimulus plan have begun in earnest. The president has added to his woes by saying the stimulus will take years, not months, to work, and his chief economist managed to squeak out the headline or two that the worst is ahead of us.
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ALTOM: Technology moves too fast for law to keep upRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Tim Altom
Technologists don’t usually give the law a basketful of respect. From our point of view, the law is struggling frantically to stay within a hundred yards of our bleeding edge. By the time the law gets around to speaking on a technical subject, the subject may not even exist anymore.
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HETRICK: It's hip to be simple, so let's take advantageRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
A gentleman from Fort Wayne died last month. The cancer caught up to him just a few days before his 80th birthday. Like many of us native Hoosiers, this fellow was born of working folks. His dad was a traveling hardware salesman, his mom a homemaker.
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INVESTING: High-frequency trading comes under scrutinyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
A developing case of technology theft has shed light on the proprietary systems Goldman Sachs and other investment firms use to make millions of dollars. A 39-year-old former employee at Goldman has been accused of stealing computer code used in the company’s high-frequency trading system.
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HICKS: Muncie's status quo is high taxes, poor service

July 13, 2009
Mike Hicks
Property-tax caps, as well as a dwindling population and commercial base, have left Muncie in the uncomfortable situation of cutting budgets. Since the bulk of costs are related to fire and police salaries, few options are available. The city has turned to the short length of rope the Legislature offered amid the debate on property tax caps—the Local Option Income Tax.
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DINING: (Piz)'Za made for the middle of the night

July 13, 2009
Lou Harry
If you’re in Broad Ripple and hungry for pizza, you’ve got lots of options. But what do you do if it’s the middle of the night on a Thursday and you and your entourage have the munchies? Well, for that very specific demographic group of pizza eaters, there’s now ’Za, which is open until 4 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday.
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EDITORIAL: School funding has fatal flawsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A state budget was passed June 30, but it’s balanced on the backs of poor children. Legislators deserve praise for at least slightly increasing overall education funding, but because of a flawed funding formula, urban districts such as Indianapolis Public Schools actually will lose money in the next two years.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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