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December 2014

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Larry Bird’s Greatest Shot Was The One He Didn’t Take

Forty years ago, Larry Bird passed on a chance at big-time basketball. The small-town star left Bob Knight’s IU team before a single game and returned home.

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Social Media: Historic Photos from the Indianapolis Press Club

When Prohibition ended, the boozy, bawdy days of the Indianapolis Press Club began. Patrons favored a martini “so potent that on the third sip” their tongues would be “paralyzed,” according to one account.

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At Home: Artist Mab Graves's Studio

She asks authors like John Green and Lois Lowry to not sign their book to her, but instead to write a jokey note, like, “Thanks for a magical night I’ll never forget.”

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Unjust Desserts: Deborah Paul Decries Doughnuts

Are people wandering the streets muttering “I wish I had a doughnut,” and a score of doughnut shops appear? Or do the stores come first?

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My Best of Indy: Katie Stam Irk

“What you put in your body is more important than what you put on it,” says Miss America 2009. “I consider food to be a beauty product.”

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Saying Goodbye to Indy's Most Fabled Hotel

Mick Jagger dined by himself in the restaurant. “Is [Indy] really just surrounded by cornfields?” he asked some patrons. “Are you really just pioneers?”

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Melange: A Fringe Find in Carmel

True to the name, the eclectic merchandise at Melange—French for “a mix of things”—covers a lot of bases.

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The Hoosierist: How Santa Claus, Indiana, Got Its Name

Eventually, The Nameless Town-ians met at a log church on Christmas Eve of 1852 to pick a moniker.

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That's a Wrap: 48 Holiday Gift Ideas

What to gift the CrossFitter, beauty blogger, frequent flier, and other 2014 types.

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New in Town: Sushi Boss

Persnickety seafood-lovers have the decision-making power at entrepreneur Jason Hornberger’s spot.

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Traveler: Branching Out in Brown County

Autumn isn’t the only time it shines. Nashville proves equally enchanting when strewn with twinkling white lights.

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Crock Star: A Beef Stew Recipe from Soupremacy

Before anything hits the shop’s chalkboard menus, the owners and select patrons savor 10 of the best recipes and rank their favorites.

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My Look: Blake Cardenas's Cowboy Hat

“I’d love to see Sofia Vergara in one,” he says. “She’s Colombian, and we like to stick together.”

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Day Trip: Scuba Santa's in Cincinnati

Take in one of the weirdest holiday traditions around.

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My Best of Indy: Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

“I’m a spirits guy—the basics,” he says. “Pretty much a 60-year-old white man in a 40-something-year-old black man’s body.

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