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Surgeon helping pioneer efforts to regrow knee cartilage

When Dr. Jack Farr II saw his grandfather's knees become bowed out, then saw his father get a knee replacement, he knew he was next. So he spent his career trying to develop new techniques to replace--and now even regrow--the cartilage around knees. His labors are part of an international effort to develop alternatives to joint replacements.
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Once-hot cooler company's new owners trying to rejuvenate business

After almost 60 profitable years that saw Elliott-Williams Co. install walk-in refrigerators and freezers in almost every Indiana school, hospital and hotel, the venerable firm was brought to its knees last year. But an unlikely savior, a new locally based venture capital firm, bought EW out of bankruptcy for $507,000, about the cost of 10 EW walk-ins.
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Auto-job slide accelerating

Indiana's automotive manufacturing employment for the last decade peaked at 142,000 in 1999. Since then, the sector has shed 20,300 jobs-a staggering one-seventh of its total. Another 5,220 are slated to be cut soon. And there's no end in sight.
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Crown Hill development showdown looming

Debate over a developer's plan to buy 71 acres of woods and wetlands on Crown Hill Cemetery's northern edge for a retail-and-residential project will come to a head this week when the Metropolitan Development Commission votes on the proposal.
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Pledge blitz buoys Bowl bid

The team leading Indianapolis' bid to host the 2011 Super Bowl is calling on the corporate community to get in the game fast. More than a dozen business leaders are rushing to raise $25 million before May 23, when NFL owners are expected to select a host city from hopefuls Indianapolis; Dallas; and Glendale, Ariz.
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IU turns donated beach property into lesson

Indiana University Kelley School of Business students will market and sell five lots along a strip of white sandy beach on secluded Dog Island, Fla., as a class project that likely will span several semesters. Whatever the students get for the land will be all profit.
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HH Gregg account goes up for grabs

HH Gregg--under increasing market pressure--has put its multimillion-dollar advertising account up for bid, and Pearson McMahon Fletcher England this month decided not to pursue the contract it has held for an unprecedented 24 years.
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St. Elmo spinoff, Harry & Izzy's, could go national

Harry & Izzy's, a spinoff to St. Elmo Steak House slated to open in mid-April at Circle Centre mall, is the city's most anticipated new restaurant in years--a casual cousin to St. Elmo, with lunch service and a wider menu, including salads, pastas and pizzas, along with standbys like the famous shrimp cocktail.
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