Indianapolis Business Journal

NOVEMBER 22-28, 2010

This week, read about how a revitalization effort on the city's west side embraces the international flavor of the area and find out what convenience-store chain Turkey Hill has planned for Indianapolis. In Focus, see why Indiana's ethanol industry is eagerly awaiting decisions from Washington. And Return on Technology columnist Tim Altom explores the maddening process of filling out forms at the doctor's office.

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Company thinks it can make college textbooks obsolete

An Indianapolis company has developed Web-based software that allows college students to read and electronically mark up textbooks, articles, chapters of books, etc. It also has a business model that its owners think will make more money for publishers and slash students’ textbook costs—which average $1,200 a year—in half.

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Federal Home Loan Bank suing major players

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis has filed suit against some of the nation’s largest financial institutions, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase, to recover losses on a $3 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.

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Trail Side project faces another hurdle

A $10 million apartment and retail building planned for 875 Massachusetts Ave. was supposed to have broken ground by now. But difficulty in closing the sale of tax credits that will be used to finance the project could cause the deal to unravel.

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EDITORIAL: A call to stop the debt spiral

President Obama’s fiscal commission is doing its job by recommending tough taxing and expense-slashing measures meant to attack our nation’s debt crisis. Indiana’s congressional delegation should keep the momentum going.

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MORRIS: Dressing for success matters

I’ve been saying for longer than I can remember that I can’t believe how people dress these days. Far too many times, I’ll attend an event and notice folks who are dressed like they were getting ready to clean their garage or cut the grass instead of enjoying a night out.

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ALTOM: Why the maddening duplication of doctor forms?

In every successive medical office—every single one—we have to fill out the very same data, over and over and over again. Name. Occupation. Medical history. Insurance. They always tell us on a first visit to arrive at least 15 minutes early so we can fill out all this stuff. It’s infuriating to me.

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Caution can take over

I understand and agree [with Mickey Maurer’s Nov. 1 column] that pace, discipline and focus all are important for any entrepreneur to employ when they are managing their enterprise. However, you have not discussed what I believe is the “real” issue.

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Lynch is history

[IU football Coach Bill Lynch] is a good man and we’ve all wished for his success, but the Wisconsin game has pretty much put an end to his tenure.

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Lilly scores series of small victories

The Indianapolis-based drugmaker finally won FDA approval for its antidepressant Cymbalta to treat chronic pain and fended off a patent challenge to rising-star cancer drug Alimta, but got a ratings downgrade on its debt.

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NFP of NOTE: Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County

Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that is dedicated to working in partnership with families in Hamilton County under the conviction that every person should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in safety and dignity.

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