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John Mellencamp Ain’t Even Done

As John Mellencamp turns 70, the Indiana icon reflects on a career that has transcended his “Pop Singer” beginnings and now represents what rock and roll was supposed to be all about: doing whatever he wants.

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Half Baked: How A Would-Be Cannabis Empire Went Up In Smoke

Rebecca Raffle came to Indianapolis from Los Angeles with a story about building a cannabis empire. It was too good to be true.

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What Are You Wearing — And Why Isn’t It Made In Indy?

For a decade, Pattern has built up a fashion industry in Indianapolis. So where are the clothes?

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Scott Jones Got Rich Inventing The Next Big Thing. Can He Reinvent Himself?

Indy’s most prolific, flamboyant entrepreneur says he’s burned through his fortune of more than $400 million amid lavish spending, a high-profile business failure, and a nasty divorce.

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How Chris Baggott Built One Of The World’s Busiest Kitchens

ClusterTruck revamped itself during the pandemic into an extremely busy kitchen.

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“Addiction Wants You Alone, And Then It Wants You Dead”

The forced isolation of the pandemic sparked a surge in deadly overdoses in Indy and around the country. My cousin was one of them.

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Mina Hawk’s Quest For “Attainable Comfort” — And Great Reality TV

Good Bones star Mina Hawk has relatable charm in spades, not to mention hammers and nail guns. Can she build on that?

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Indianapolis Has A Hip-Hop Supergroup Now

Oreo Jones, Sirius Blvck, and Sedcairn Archives released their first album as 81355 this month.

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“I’d Been Waiting A Long Time To Feel Like Somebody’s Daughter”

In an excerpt from Ashley Ford’s new memoir, the Indy-based author visits her imprisoned father and rediscovers the complex man she knew as a child.

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Checkered Past: Kelly Petillo And How Not To Build A Racing Legacy

The Depression-era Indy 500 champ was banned from the track for his heinous crimes, but his name lives on in unexpected places.

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Barbara Baekgaard Isn’t Even Close To Finished Yet

As she opens a new boutique hotel in her home of Fort Wayne, the 82-year-old spiritual leader and retired cofounder of Vera Bradley is proving that ambition never goes out of style.

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How Christel House Is Keeping Its Founder’s Vision Alive

Christel DeHaan built her schools like businesses so they could thrive as nonprofits, helping them survive an inevitable hardship: her recent death.

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Zoe LaVerne Is The Tok Of The Town

Greenwood teen Zoe LaVerne’s rise to TikTok stardom has been a soap opera of adolescent rebellion and tears. Maybe that’s why 17 million people are watching.

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Can An Indy Startup Conquer Mental Health’s Final Frontier?

MindX Sciences says its blood test could revolutionize mental health treatment — if they can convince doctors and businesses to buy in.

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Meet The Entrepreneurs Working To Diversify Indy’s Arts Scene

Malina Jeffers and Alan Bacon believe their nonprofit GANGGANG can elevate the city’s artists of color. The heavier lift? Ending racism.

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