Indianapolis Business Journal

JANUARY 18-24, 2010

This week, read about why Lauth Group Inc.'s largest creditor has asked a bankruptcy court judge to appoint a trustee in the case and find out what Jay Leno's primetime troubles mean for local NBC affiliates like  WTHR-TV Channel 13. In A&E, etc., meet a former costume designer who has moved on to sleepwear. And take a video tour of United Hospital Services' massive laundry facility as the cooperative considers a statewide expansion.

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Bird strikes frequent at Indianapolis airport

Bird strikes remain a threat—statistically more so than a Nigerian terrorist with a bomb in his BVDs—at Indianapolis International Airport. There were 37 bird strikes reported at the airport in 2009, five involving damage or temporary grounding of an aircraft.

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Hotels spark expansion of downtown skywalk system

Two walkways that will connect to the new Marriott Place hotel will extend downtown’s network of skywalk and underground pedestrian
paths to a total of 12 hotels with more than 4,700 rooms–the most of any downtown in the United States.

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NBC’s Jay Leno failure puts pinch on WTHR

With its 11 p.m. news ratings declining and its network partner, NBC, struggling to plug the 10 p.m. programming slot crucial
to those ratings, WTHR-TV Channel 13 finds itself at a precarious crossroads.

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EDITORIAL: Booze bill is a small step for Sunday sales

More than once, we have used this space to rail against legislation that would further restrict alcohol sales in Indiana. So we are happy to be patting lawmakers on
the back for advancing a measure that would begin to ease the onerous limitations on when Hoosiers can buy booze.

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FEIGENBAUM: Bills flying through Legislature at Castroneves’ pace

At a torrid pace, major pieces of legislation are flying
through the Indiana General Assembly, leaving lawmakers with an envious decision: Adjourn early and make Hoosier voters happy,
or stick around and devote attention to other major issues that deserve close scrutiny, but receive short shrift in sessions
bogged down by battles over high-profile partisan matters.

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DOUGLAS: Regulate the raters, but not too much

In Washington, the Senate Banking Committee is considering far-reaching legislation regulating the financial services
industry in the wake of the recent and ongoing crisis. This legislation will dramatically change the relationship between
the federal government and some of our financial institutions.

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Good government shows our humanity

After reading [Morton Marcus’ Jan. 4 column] on the economics of government, I would like to nominate you for the
Nobel Prize for Economics and Government 101.

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