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Barnes & Thornburg LLP Named Top Workplace in Central Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS—Barnes & Thornburg LLP has once again been recognized as Central Indiana’s top company based on the results of the 2012 Indianapolis Star/WorkplaceDynamics Top Workplaces employee survey. This is the third year in a row that Barnes & Thornburg has been ranked as a “top workplace” and the second time in three years that the firm has been listed as the No. 1 large company in Central Indiana.

In addition to this recognition, the firm received top honors in the leadership category with Robert T. Grand, managing partner of the Indianapolis office, receiving the survey’s Leadership Award.

This year’s survey collected responses from over 20,000 employees throughout 98 Central Indiana companies. The survey covered areas regarding values, leadership, management, benefits, pay, growth, opportunities, appreciation, work/life balance, and retention.

With more than 550 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the 100 largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from its offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio and Washington, D.C. You can also visit us online at www.btlaw.com.

Private Company Sales Continue to Grow, GDP Expected to Follow, But What about Unemployment?

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Private Company Sales Continue to Grow, GDP Expected to Follow, But What about Unemployment?

April 26, 2012–According to data released today by Sageworks, privately held companies in the United States saw average sales growth of 8.3 percent in the 12-month period ending in April 2012. That’s up slightly from the 2011 growth rate of around 8.2 percent, and up significantly from the low in 2009, when sales declined by an average of almost 6 percent. Since private companies drive over 50 percent of GDP, the increase in average revenue growth bodes well for the first quarter real GDP estimate being released tomorrow.

Financial Metric 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Last 12 Months
Private Company Sales Growth* 6.15% 3.60% -5.75% 4.76% 8.19% 8.29%
U.S. Real GDP Growth 1.90% -0.30% -3.50% 3.00% 1.70% n/a

*Source: Sageworks, a financial information company

While private company sales and U.S. GDP have been growing consecutively for over two years, another important economic indicator, the national unemployment rate, now at 8.2 percent, has not improved at a similar rate.

Brian Hamilton, CEO of Sageworks and a noted expert on privately held companies explained, “In reviewing the numbers, the fear now is that we may be running out of runway before the onset of another recession. We will not be surprised to see continued growth in GDP given the fact that privately held companies continue to grow at a healthy rate. However, what is becoming slightly concerning is that the unemployment rate is not decreasing at a fast enough rate. In general, if you look over a long period of time, the average expansionary cycle is approximately 4 years and the average recessionary period is one year. Historically, it has taken approximately 12 to 20 months for unemployment to fall in an expansion to roughly pre-recession levels. Right now, we are into the 34th month of the recovery, and, yet, unemployment remains too high. If we don’t get employment up, we may be bumping into the next recession, during which time we cannot expect job growth.”

Zoo is cruelty

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Zoos claim to educate people and preserve species, but they usually fall short on both counts.

Most zoo enclosures are very small, and rather than promoting respect or understanding of animals, signs often provide little more information than an animal’s species, diet, and natural range.

Animals’ normal behavior is seldom discussed, much less observed, because their natural needs are rarely met.

Birds’ wings may be clipped so that they cannot fly, aquatic animals are often without adequate water, and many animals who live in large herds or family groups in nature are kept alone or, at most, in pairs.

Natural hunting and mating behaviors are virtually eliminated by regulated feeding and breeding regimens.

Animals are closely confined, lack privacy, and have little opportunity for mental stimulation or physical exercise.

These conditions often result in abnormal and self-destructive behaviors or “zoochosis.”

Cat Loves Her Snakes !!!

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Deffer a 12 year old deaf Siamese/Tiger cat and Ball Python adults are best of friends so to speak. They curl up and sleep together on my bed. I really love admiring how they have taken a mutual interest in each other over the past eight years with no negative behavior toward each other. It sure would be nice if humanity could learn from snakes how to co-exist with all living creatures. There is SO much we can learn from animals if people would only take the time to notice.

Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown On The Canal Unveils Innovative Renovation

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Merrillville, Ind.- White Lodging Services is pleased to announce the Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal has undergone a complete renovation of its 134 suites and public spaces, transforming it into an upscale hotel, designed to enhance the comfort and lifestyle of travelers on the road today. The newly refreshed hotel, owned by RLJ Lodging Trust and located at 350 W. New York St., offers guests flexible spaces and amenities to help maintain a healthy balance and routine while traveling.

Hilton Worldwide Luxury Brands Appoints Stuart Foster as Vice President of Marketing

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Hilton Worldwide Luxury Brands announced Stuart Foster as Vice President of Marketing. Former Vice President of the Southeast Region for Moët-Hennessy USA, a division of LVMH, Foster will lead all luxury marketing initiatives and oversee the strategic development of global positioning for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. Foster will report directly to John Vanderslice, Global Head of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, of Hilton Worldwide and work from the Hilton Worldwide Headquarters in McLean, Va.

Farm Bureau: Lugar gets it, Mourdock doesn’t

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U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar understands ethanol means jobs for Hoosiers and economic vitality for Indiana’s rural communities

Challenger Richard Mourdock doesn’t get it.

That’s what Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock and other Indiana farmers are saying after this week’s U.S. Senate debate.

Mourdock ‘Flat-Out Wrong’ on Rural Economy, Ethanol

“Mr. Mourdock is flat-out wrong when he asserts that ethanol increases the price of gasoline,” Villwock said this weekend in an official statement. “Ethanol currently saves consumers nearly $1 per gallon and therefore Hoosiers benefit from ethanol every mile that they drive.”

Agriculture is one of the few business sectors that remained somewhat stable, even profitable, during the recent economic downturn, Villwock said. “I am disappointed that candidate Mourdock did not study up on one of the primary reasons this is so – ethanol.”

Lugar’s Ag Background Leads to Indiana Jobs, U.S. Security

Because of his farming background, Lugar “knows that ethanol creates new markets, so farmers are able to rely less on the government for income and contribute more to the critical work of budget reduction. Ethanol is a win-win-win for all of us. It helps the environment by using renewable resources and reducing emissions. It’s a win for rural communities because renewable fuel plants supply much-needed jobs and economic development,” Villwock said, “and it is a win for farmers because renewable fuels create demand for crops and a more stable farm economy.”

Farm Bureau credited Lugar for being a longtime supporter of renewable energy and a strong advocate of a national energy policy that reduces our dependence on imported oil. Villwock said Lugar effectively educates Congressional colleagues about how ethanol contributes to U.S. national security and reduces the profits Americans send to the volatile Middle East.

Producing ethanol takes one-third less energy and water than just five years ago, Villwock said. “All this means we can produce ethanol for 89 cents cheaper than gas. Thank you, Senator Lugar, for getting the facts straight.” Lugar co-owns and manages his family’s 604-acre corn, soybean and hardwood tree farm in Marion County. He is a former chairman and current member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

PETA Wants the Greening of Green to Include Changing City’s Name to ‘Meat’s Not Green’ for Earth Day

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Green, Ohio — PETA has sent a letter to Green, Ohio, Mayor Richard Norton asking him to change the city’s name to “Meat’s Not Green” for 24 hours in honor of Earth Day (April 22). PETA’s request will bolster the city’s “Living Green” campaign, which promotes Earth-friendly measures, including encouraging residents to use water-conserving rain barrels and buy locally grown food. PETA points out that in addition to causing health problems and animal suffering on a massive scale, raising animals for food is acknowledged as a leading cause of greenhouse-gas emissions, water pollution, and land degradation.

Barnes & Thornburg Represents Renowned Music Producer in Recent High-Profile Projects

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Barnes & Thornburg announced today that the firm represented multiple Grammy- and Oscar-winning music producer, T Bone Burnett, in connection with two recent high-profile projects: Lionsgate’s engagement of Burnett to provide executive music producer services for the film The Hunger Games and to produce its companion album The Hunger Games: Soundtrack, Songs from District 12 and Beyond, and Elton John’s hiring of Burnett to produce John’s forthcoming studio album, The Diving Board.

Sidney S. Fohrman, a Los Angeles-based Barnes & Thornburg attorney and member of the firm’s Entertainment and Music Practice Group, represented T Bone Burnett in the negotiation of these deals.

Jason Karlov, national chair of the Barnes & Thornburg Entertainment and Music Practice Group, said that “Sid’s knowledge and experience in negotiating music and entertainment deals is integral to Barnes & Thornburg’s ability to represent such legendary names in the industry such as T Bone Burnett, and to the continued growth of the Barnes & Thornburg entertainment and music practice.”

George Mason Mortgage Announces Relocation, Expansion of Frederick Office

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FREDERICK, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GEORGE MASON MORTGAGE, a Subsidiary of Cardinal Bank (NASDAQ: CFNL) is pleased to announce the relocation and expansion of its Frederick, MD mortgage office.

“We are excited to expand our lending area into Frederick County”

Residents of Frederick County, with a proven track record, Tom McLister, Branch Manager, and Darren Chamblee, Asst. Branch Manager, each bring over 22 years of mortgage lending experience to this new office, located at 5235 Westview Drive, Suite 102, Frederick, Maryland 21703. George Mason Mortgage stands tall amongst our peers with an unwavering commitment to customer service.

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