Indianapolis Monthly November 2019

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Emmis Publishing, LP
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editor’s note

Worried Sick When it comes to writing about our annual Top Doctors (p. 69) issue, I have always had a hard time. It’s not because the product isn’t great or helpful. It is. The problem is that I’m dying of shame: I haven’t been to the doctor a single time in the last 18 years. I remember the occasion because it came the Friday before my oldest son was baptized, and I had finagled a visit to his pediatrician, desperate to alleviate a killer sinus infection. The doc looked me over, wrote a prescription for amoxicillin, and then made me promise to find myself a general practitioner. “Mike,” he admonished, “you’re a father now.” I was 30 at the time. I’m 48 today. I’ve added another kid since then, but not even a…


Sarah Bahr Freelance writer Sarah Bahr knew Indianapolis had a homicide problem before looking at the numbers, which are on track to set a record for the fifth straight year. But while reporting this month’s story (p. 62) on the crime-fighting group Ten Point Coalition and its detractors, she learned about what local leaders are doing to combat the scourge. “Now if they could just find a way to work together,” she says. Adam Wren Most of contributing editor Adam Wren’s interview with Seema Verma this month focused on her areas of expertise: Medicare and Medicaid (p. 80). But the two also made small talk about Carmel, where they both live. “I’ve flown on the same early Monday morning flight to D.C. with Verma before,” Wren says. “Maintaining her Central Indiana residence seems…


“I like Fred. Sure wish our basketball team would turn things around, though. Feels like 20 years spent wandering in the desert.”—PETE PALMER, via Twitter“Fred Glass needs to go. You can’t spend millions of dollars and then be a cellar-dweller in basketball and football. He hires nice guys, but not top-tier talent.”—BRIC SHIRES, via Facebook“Fred would be great in an alumni/donor relations role. I think as AD, facilities have improved but he has missed the mark on results.”—BRADLEY SMITH, via Twitter“Fred Glass has done nothing for IUBB but take a proud tradition and make it a Mid Major. Blueblood programs get blueblood-proven coaches. Look at Louisville.”—WAYNE SCHUMACHER, via Twitter WHO’S MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IU BASKETBALL TEAM’S STRUGGLES? VOTE ON OUR NEXT POLL AT 42% Fred Glass. One questionable decision after another. 28%…

speed read

Fieldhouse WELCOME TO YOUR-NAME-HERE FIELDHOUSE. Have oh, say, $80 million to $120 million? Sweet—you can emblazon your name on the stadium for the next 20 years. As of press time, one of the highest-profile signage spots in the city is still without a sponsor, CNO Financial Group’s deal with the Pacers having expired in June. THIS IS A FULL-COURT FACE LIFT. An outdoor ice rink like the one at Rockefeller Center in New York! A fancy new welcome pavilion! Observation decks up top (hello, Victory Field views)! There’s a lot on the docket between February 2020 and October 2022. “Not much will remain untouched,” says Mel Raines, who helms facilities operations for Pacers Sports & Entertainment. TOTAL COST: $360 MILLION. That’s just over 17 times Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo’s salary this season—but less…

the red line

Quick stops ensure routes stay on schedule. Be ready to board once others get off. That said, arrival times on station screens can be off sometimes. Deep breaths, folks. You’ll get there. Standing? You won’t lose your big-city subway cool if you hold on to a strap. You can stand on the interior bike platform. Just know it rotates when the bus turns. Always signal for your stop, even if the bus appears to make every one. Wait until the announcement of your station so the signal doesn’t get cut off. Don’t get caught by a fare inspector. Load up your MyKey card or app. Share the phone chargers. This isn’t a movie theater. Knocking knees with strangers is the Red Line way. Headphones. No exceptions.…

justice is paid

WHAT’S A YEAR OF your life worth? For Kristine Bunch and 36 other exonerees in Indiana, it’s $50,000. Under a new law taking effect this month, Bunch, who spent 16 years in the Indiana Women’s Prison for a crime the state now says she didn’t commit, is entitled to restitution seven years after being released. Indiana had been one of 17 states with no restitution law, which meant that until now, the wrongly imprisoned had to win a lawsuit against the state—which takes years—to be compensated for their time behind bars. The new law was crafted during a surprisingly rancor-free bipartisan Statehouse debate. Beth Powers, state policy advocate at the Innocence Project in New York, says Indiana lawmakers had a somewhat Machiavellian financial interest in offering restitution. Every exoneree who takes it…