JULY 5-11, 2010
This week, see who has invested $41 million in Steak n Shake parent Biglari Holdings in just two months and find out how central Indiana is positioning itself to become an electric vehicle powerhouse. In Focus, read about how health care reform is changing local firm Caregivers. Also, Return on Technology columnist Tim Altom shares how Google stole productivity from businesses by celebrating a birthday.
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Wall Street bankers for decades sold municipalities like Indianapolis on debt instruments called swaps as a safe way to reduce
borrowing costs and hedge against rising interest rates. In reality, the swaps were complicated bets that relied
on misguided assumptions, and taxpayers paid.
The WTLC-AM 1310 personality’s penchant for asking tough questions has made him one of Indianapolis’ most influential
and made his daily radio show—“Afternoons with Amos”—one of the city’s most popular talk shows.
Finding the golden ticket of a liquor license in Indianapolis can be tricky—and costly. All 321 permits allowed in Marion
County under a state quota have been allotted. Unless a restaurant is opening in an “off-quota” district, the
owner has to find someone willing to transfer an existing license.
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The CEO of the parent company of Steak n Shake spent $40.8 million to acquire more than 134,000 shares in May and June. He
now controls about 202,000 shares, or 14 percent of the 1.4 million shares outstanding.
Central Indiana might be in line to tap hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants and loan guarantees to energize
the rollout of plug-in electric cars and trucks. Both chambers of Congress are considering measures that would require the
Department of Energy to select up to 15 cities nationwide to participate in a national electric vehicle deployment program.
The future of electric-powered automotive transportation is already sitting in the showroom of the Indianapolis Smart car
dealership at 4000 E. 96th St. It’s a European version of the plug-in Smart.
Avis Skinner alleges Broadbent isn’t making the payments he committed to when he bought out her husband's real estate
interests in 2006.
IBJ won eight awards at the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ summer conference June 26 in Indianapolis.Read More
But promoters of effort to bring global soccer competition here in 2018 or 2022 aren’t concerned about repeat of financial
failures of World Basketball Championships.
The program currently includes 1,200 physicians—about 10 percent of all doctors in Indiana.Read More
The company's total employment is 1,345, down 43 percent from 2007.Read More
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Indiana Black Expo kicks off its 40th annual Summer Celebration July 12 with a full schedule of events.Read More
Caregivers anticipates coping with declining Medicare reimbursements while having to offer insurance to its employees.Read More
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Businesses no longer can prohibit their employees from
bringing firearms to work, and everyone buying alcohol must show ID. Say what?
The First Amendment is the cornerstone of democracy and truly guarantees
freedom for all.
It is counterproductive to have Hoosier children stay in Indiana as young adults. Let them come
back when they have something to offer.
Some of the things I was warned as a young man that I should never get into arguments over
were—in no particular order—religion, politics, which hand in a card game wins, and whether there should be a
When Google users stumbled on a surprise gift from the giant search company, it was inevitable that in business offices
everywhere, the long-forgotten sounds of Pac-Man would come to life again.
In my line of work, I travel to many small towns. One eccentricity I indulge in on these trips is to drive around town
While the stock market is not as easy to follow as watching a calendar, it leaves evidence as to what it is going to do next,
much like falling leaves warn you about the coming of winter.
We are writing to give our wholehearted endorsement to [columnist] Greg Morris’ appeal for generous support for the
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (“Confessions of a symphony newbie,” June 21).
I would like to suggest that the 124-year-old
landmark serve as an anchor for a broader vision of the near-east side.
We want to
emphasize ways that investors can avoid fraudulent schemes, as the opportunity for restitution rarely compensates investors
for their losses.
Bill Benner’ sopinion lost all credibility
for me in the end, though, because he obviously didn’t do his homework.
A [wrong] is being perpetrated on the citizens
of Indianapolis by our city-county councilors, Mayor Greg Ballard and the board of Citizens Energy, by negotiating a “sale”
of the water company to Citizens.
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Burd, who is president of Burd Ford, a mother of four, and a fixture on television commercials for the dealership, has become
an advocate for mental health following her husband’s suicide.
Work is starting at the former site of Liberty Corner on a new exhibit that will be announced in late summer or early fall.Read More
The former chairman of the Democratic party in Indiana was named co-chairman of the firm resulting from the June 9 merger
of Washington, D.C.-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and United Kingdom-based Denton Wilde Sapte LLP.
A day after doctors were alerted to a black-box warning that could slow sales of Effient’s main competitor,
a medical journal published research showing that patients suffered 43-percent more cancer tumors on Effient than on Plavix.
The firm was selected over another Indiana firm, a Texas firm and two Washington, D.C., firms to redesign the university’s
Avis will take an active role in promoting the series through e-mail campaigns, displays at select airports, and other large-scale
promotions, company officials said.