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Two local organizations are trying to outfit thousands of kids before Indianapolis-area schools begin classes in August.

United Way of Central Indiana’s BackPack Attack will try to collect 500,000 school supplies for 20,000 students. The drive benefits students at Indianapolis Public Schools, as well as schools in Marion County and Boone, Hancock and Hendricks counties.

Dozens of workplaces around the city are holding drives. United Way will collect the supplies at an IUPUI warehouse Aug. 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, Assistance League of Indianapolis is running Operation School Bell, which helps clothe more than 2,800 students of metro-area schools. For this year’s effort, the Assistance League received a $15,642 grant from the Indianapolis-based Margaret Cole Richards Foundation.

The Assistance League provides other supplies, including books. This year, it benefited from the pop group New Kids on the Block’s planned tour stop in Indianapolis. NKOTB member Joey McIntyre’s Let’s Get This Foundation donated 1,550 children’s books.

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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.

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  4. If you only knew....

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