Arts & Entertainment, etc.

States stake their tourism claims to Lincoln

With the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth approaching, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky all are fighting for a share of the bicentennial limelight. Each has a valid claim to the 16th president: Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Ky., on April 12, 1809, moved to a southern Indiana farm with his family at age 7, then moved to Illinois at 21.
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Fieldhouse must fend off Louisville arena rival

Although the opening of a 22,000-seat arena in Louisville is still three years away, officials here are already bracing for a raid on Indianapolis and Conseco Fieldhouse events. Several Indianapolis interests will be watching Aug. 20 as the Louisville Arena Authority unveils designs for the arena along the Ohio River.
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Working in Dinosphere lab painstaking, but rewarding

Working three years on one project can be tedious, but Mark Sims enjoys every minute he spends preparing dinosaur fossils for display at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Sims, 44, works in the Paleo Prep Lab at the museum's Dinosphere exhibit, picking away at the dirt left on 65-million-year-old fossils.
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CEDIA delaying comeback to convention center

One of the two massive trade shows forced to leave Indianapolis because of a convention center space crunch isn't coming back as soon as expected. Locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association is changing course three years after agreeing to return its fall CEDIA Expo to Indianapolis for four years beginning in September 2010.
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Experience keeps fireworks biz in demand

Phil Ramsey, 65, knows what he's doing in the fireworks business--he's been working fireworks shows as a volunteer since 1968 and founded Frankfort-based Ramsey Pyrotechnics Inc. in 1982. When he's not battling Mother Nature, Ramsey is a grain farmer.
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Horse track owners vie for control

Indiana's two horse tracks could change hands as investors race to come up with the $250 million required to add thousands of slot machines. The steep cost of a state license combined with the potential of a lucrative payoff has stakeholders in Shelbyville-based Indiana Downs and Anderson-based Hoosier Park jockeying for position.
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