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Franklin teen dies after Indiana Children's Wish Fund trip to Paris

indystar.com — She got to see the Eiffel Tower, the "Mona Lisa" and the City of Lights at night. She lived her dream - a week in Paris with her family - and then quietly slipped away. Emma Grace Findley, 13, died at home today, two days after returning from a whirlwind trip to the French capital, courtesy of the Indiana Children's Wish Fund.
Dec 18, 2014

"She got to see the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa and the City of Lights at night. She lived her dream..." indy.st/16wwolu

Dec 18, 2014

:-( RT @indystar: Franklin teen dies after Indiana Children’s Wish Fund trip to Paris. indy.st/1zBOY6B pic.twitter.com/x73RKCIWXX

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BizWeaver: Franklin teen dies two days after returning from Indiana Children's Wish Fund trip to Paris. indy.st/16wwolu

Dec 18, 2014

Franklin teen dies two days after returning from Indiana Children's Wish Fund trip to Paris. indy.st/16wwolu

Dec 18, 2014

So, so sad: Franklin teen dies after Indiana Children's Wish Fund trip to Paris. indy.st/16wwolu

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Drug companies' loose purse strings court vets

indystar.com — CHICAGO - Rock concerts. Magic shows. Contests in which everyone who plays is a winner. For five days, the action never stopped at the McCormick Place convention center, as more than 9,000 veterinarians and technicians flocked to see the latest medicines and attend clinical workshops organized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dec 18, 2014

Drug companies' loose purse strings court veterinarians indy.st/1AKfiJN via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

Pet owners, ask your vet how much they mark up meds. "Standard practice" +100-150% indy.st/1AKfiJN via @indystar @johnrussell99

Dec 18, 2014

Lilly webpage on doctor payments: "Building Trust Through Transparency" Yet Lilly's Elanco won't disclose $ to vets. indy.st/1z1v154

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JohnRussell99: Pet meds $$$: "Clients have no idea how much medicine should cost, so a fee increase will almost never be noticed." indystar.com/longform/news/…

Dec 18, 2014

Drug companies' payments to veterinarians are secret influence tool in big business of pet medicines. Pt 2 in series indy.st/1AKfiJN

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Bacon Legs & Turntables: Curious restaurant idea hits Downtown

indystar.com — "We are trying to be everything that other restaurants are not." Bacon Legs & Turntables? No, it does not mean crackly knees in streaky stockings dancing to old records. The basement business opening at December's end or early January near Monument Circle is a restaurant specializing in turkey legs, chicken legs, frog legs and hog legs, meaning pork shanks.
Dec 18, 2014

How's that for branding? Or not...Bacon Legs & Turntables: Curious restaurant idea hits Downtown. indy.st/16wh1cI via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

RT @newshawk: 'Use the bacon like a spoon ... ' New national motto or detail from story on new restaurant? indy.st/16wh1cI pic.twitter.com/A7u0g2ImDH

Dec 18, 2014

'Use the bacon like a spoon ... ' New national motto or detail from story on new restaurant? indy.st/16wh1cI pic.twitter.com/A7u0g2ImDH

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Baby Jesus gets GPS

indystar.com — Attention thieves and pranksters considering nabbing the baby Jesus from the Indiana Masonic Home's Nativity scene: Don't do it. Jesus has GPS. New York-based BrickHouse Security, which operates a distribution center in Indianapolis, is donating several GPS monitors that will be put inside the baby Jesus and other statues on display at the Masonic Home's iconic archway.
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Four takes on Mike Pence in 2016

indystar.com — Gov. Mike Pence's flirtations with a White House run are continuing to draw national media attention to the Crossroads of America and the Indiana Statehouse. Inside the state, Pence is perceived as a humble governor, known as much for his affable demeanor as the grueling battles he's had with Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @AlvieLindsay: Interesting takes by @tomlobianco on what folks are writing about Gov. Pence and potential POTUS run: indy.st/1AKlUIa via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AlvieLindsay: Interesting takes by @tomlobianco on what folks are writing about Gov. Pence and potential POTUS run: indy.st/1AKlUIa via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

RT @ChrisSikich: Four takes on Mike Pence in 2016 indy.st/1AKlUIa Good stuff from tomlobianco

Dec 18, 2014

Interesting takes by @tomlobianco on what folks are writing about Gov. Pence and potential POTUS run: indy.st/1AKlUIa via @indystar

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Doyel: 'I Can't Breathe' is more than a shirt - it's your perspective

indystar.com — The movement is coming, creeping closer and closer until it happens right here with the Colts or Pacers or Hoosiers. Seems a matter of time before someone around here, whether a player or an entire program, makes like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and five St.
Dec 18, 2014

H/T @GreggDoyelStar 4 hitting serious issue-"Not about black-or-white. It's about perspective" indy.st/16we8st via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Erika_D_Smith: GREAT @GreggDoyelStar column on #ICantBreathe shirts: It's not right or wrong. "Sometimes it's all about perspective" indy.st/16we8st

Dec 18, 2014

GREAT @GreggDoyelStar column on #ICantBreathe shirts: It's not right or wrong. "Sometimes it's all about perspective" indy.st/16we8st

Dec 18, 2014

You don't have to like someone's opinion. But you should respect it >> 'I Can't Breathe' is more than a shirt indy.st/16we8st

Dec 18, 2014

The intersection of Ferguson, "I can't breathe," sports and a T-shirt. Column - indystar.com/story/sports/c…

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Indy woman admits ignoring abuse of 2-year-old son

indystar.com — An Indianapolis woman pleaded guilty last week to failing to protect her 2-year-old son from abuse and confinement, Marion Superior Court records show. Ja'Lyne Dawson, 22, pleaded guilty to felony neglect of a dependent and felony neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.
Dec 18, 2014

Indy woman admits ignoring abuse of 2-year-old son. indy.st/16wtxZK via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

Very sad case. RT @IndyMarisaK: Indy woman admits failing to protect her 2-year-old son from repeated abuse indystar.com/story/news/cri…

Dec 18, 2014

Happens too often, maybe charges will wake people up. Indy woman admits ignoring abuse of 2-y-old son indy.st/16wtxZK via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

Indy woman admits failing to protect her 2-year-old son from repeated abuse indystar.com/story/news/cri…

Gov. Pence: Flat revenues to improve in 2016 and 2017

indystar.com — The state budget forecast shows an annual revenue growth prediction of 2.4 percent in 2016 and 3.2 percent in 2017. But Indiana's forecast also reduces 2015 revenue projection by nearly 1 percent, or $129 million. Riverboat casino and cigarette tax revenues are both also projected to decline over the next two years.
Dec 18, 2014

Super important for funding education (#preK, #charterschools) >> Gov. Pence: Flat revenues to improve in 2016, 2017 indy.st/1ALpiT5

Dec 18, 2014

Gov. Pence: Flat revenues to improve in 2016 and 2017. indy.st/1ALpiT5 via @indystar

Secrets from Santa's lap

indystar.com — Indy ladies tell Santa their favorite childhood Christmas gifts at The Ball and Biscuit's "Cocktails with Santa" charity cocktail party, which benefitted the Patachou Foundation and Gleaners Food Bank.

Trade to Colts rescued Vontae Davis' career

indystar.com — The maturation first began in Miami, because that's where the cracks first began to surface. His was a swift, startling decline - from tantalizing talent to trade bait in two-plus seasons - and by the start of Year 4, the team that had drafted Vontae Davis 25th overall was willing ship him out of town.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @HolderStephen: This RT @zkeefer: Vontae Davis on trade from Miami that saved his career. Now one of the best corners in football indy.st/13hD6K0

Dec 18, 2014

This RT @zkeefer: Vontae Davis on trade from Miami that saved his career. Now one of the best corners in football indy.st/13hD6K0

Dec 18, 2014

Vontae Davis on the trade from Miami and how it saved his career. Now, he's one of the best corners in football indy.st/13hD6K0

E-cigarette used in reported IUPUI sexual assault

indystar.com — IU Police in Indianapolis are investigating a report of an IUPUI student being drugged and sexually assaulted during Thanksgiving Break. On Thursday morning, police alerted students to the incident reported in the 300 block of Porto Alegre, according to an IUPUI crime alert.
Dec 18, 2014

E-cigarette used in reported IUPUI sexual assault indy.st/16vY61D via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

Drugged e-cigarette used in reported IUPUI sexual assault, police say. indy.st/1sDGKof

Dec 18, 2014

RT @indystar: A drugged e-cigarette was reportedly used in an IUPUI sexual assault. indy.st/1wIaV2J

Swarens: Why I'm a conscientious objector in the War on Christmas

indystar.com — This is the season when I'm supposed to be outraged by the assault on all that is good and holy. Supposed to spit cheese balls at obtuse school board members who, like real-life Grinches, strip the word "Christmas" from the academic calendar.
Dec 18, 2014

Conscientious objector @tswarens lets the hot air out of the so-called War on Christmas. indy.st/16wdZVR ow.ly/i/7Zy1o

Dec 18, 2014

RT @indystar: "Message of Nativity can be delivered just as effectively on private property." indy.st/1AuKKM8 pic.twitter.com/b62b2JsWo9

Dec 18, 2014

Well said! Swarens: Why I'm a conscientious objector in the War on Christmas indy.st/1AKlWzx via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

Great column from @tswarens: "Why I'm a conscientious objector in the War on Christmas" indy.st/1AKlWzx

Dec 18, 2014

Swarens: Why I'm a conscientious objector in the War on Christmas indy.st/1AKlWzx via @indystar

Guess which cute, cuddly animal is coming to Indy zoo?

indystar.com — You can't find many animals much cuter than koalas. But these Australian marsupials are a challenge for zoos to keep as they require a steady supply of a particular food source - eucalyptus leaves. So, zoos like the Indianapolis Zoo often opt not to keep these animals on permanent exhibit.
Dec 18, 2014

Cute koalas on the way to Indy zoo for permanent exhibit. But can they sing like Jim Nabors? indy.st/1ALs3Ug

Dec 18, 2014

Guess which cute, cuddly animal is coming to Indy zoo? indy.st/1ALs3Ug via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

Guess which cute, cuddly animal is coming to Indy zoo? indy.st/1ALs3Ug via @indystar

Another judge smokin' mad over smelly documents

indystar.com — Another Indiana judge is raising a stink over odor in the court. Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Riley has joined a colleague in objecting to the "repugnant stench" they say is coming from court documents handled by the Indiana Attorney General's office.
Dec 18, 2014

Judges object to "repugnant stench" allegedly emanating from court documents handled by Indiana AG's office. indystar.com/story/behind-c…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @starwatchtim: ICYMI: "Your briefs stink," Indiana Court of Appeals tells deputy AG. Literally! via @indystar owl.li/G7bEO

Dec 18, 2014

ICYMI: "Your briefs stink," Indiana Court of Appeals tells deputy AG. Literally! via @indystar owl.li/G7bEO

Dec 18, 2014

For third time in as many years, IN Court of Appeals tells deputy AG his briefs stink - literally! indy.st/1AKLA7u via @indystar

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Indiana House ethics question hinges on lawmaker 'expertise'

indystar.com — House lawmakers will meet Thursday afternoon to take up changes in their own ethics rules, following high-profile ethics problems, including one which ended in the resignation of former House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner last month. The key question for the House Ethics Committee will be: What counts as "expertise"?
Dec 18, 2014

MT @hdwightadams: Follow 4 coverage today @tomlobianco. IN House ethics question centers on expertise indy.st/16w0OUQ via @indystar

Dec 18, 2014

RT @hdwightadams: Follow live coverage later today @tomlobianco. Indiana House ethics question centers on 'expertise' indy.st/16w0OUQ via @indystar

Clarifying the complexities of a Tom Crean buyout

indystar.com — The details of IU coach Tom Crean's contract have become a popular water-cooler topic among Indiana fans this fall because of both off-the-court issues and a disappointing 2013-14 season. One of the most talked-about portions of that contract is Crean's hefty buyout, which stands at $12 million until July 1, 2015.
Dec 18, 2014

$1M less; still a fortune RT @jimlefko: How much for #iubb to buyout Tom Crean? less than thought, via @ZachOsterman: indy.st/13gaMHJ

Dec 18, 2014

How much for #iubb to buyout Tom Crean's contract? @ZachOsterman reports it's a bit less than previously thought: indy.st/13gaMHJ

Will Colts Hilton, Cherilus sit out vs. Cowboys?

indystar.com — Are the Colts thinking about sitting receiver T.Y. Hilton and right tackle Gosder Cherilus? Thursday's decision to keep Hilton and Cherilus out of practice certainly casts doubt on whether either player will be on the field on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Hilton, who is nursing a strained hamstring, has missed Wednesday and Thursday.
Dec 18, 2014

Uncertainty for #Colts T.Y. Hilton, Gosder Cherilus (plus find out who's taking snaps at right tackle) indy.st/1ALGOGO

Gary Brackett bringing Georgia Reese's Downtown

indystar.com — The 14 E. Washington St. address Brackett nabbed stands next door to Red's Classic Barber Shop Co. When retired Colts linebacker Gary Brackett opened Georgia Reese's supper club in early September, he said, "Eventually, I hope to have multiple restaurants."

Tully: From Mass Ave to Broad Ripple, shop local

indystar.com — It might sound trite to jump on something as trendy as the shop-local bandwagon. But it really is an important campaign with very real benefits. And I got hit the other night with a strong desire to once again join the bandwagon.
Dec 18, 2014

It's said often, but consider a local biz or two when finishing your holiday shopping. My column: indy.st/1AKXcHx