Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Hodge Podge: Latest on Litebox; Goldsmith Innocent; Ballot Challenges; Curry Party Ahead

Litebox Sponsors Strong Man Competition
Note the Litebox logo on bottom row, fifth from the left

Litebox, the company that's supposed to be providing over 1,000 jobs to Indianapolis, that continues to renovate office space downtown on Washington Street and that still apparently plans to open a plant here in Indy in the near future, continues to raise a few eyebrows with some interesting conduct.  If you follow the company on Facebook, you'll know what I mean.

Last weekend, on Litebox's official Facebook page, a picture album popped up highlighting the company's sponsorship of a World's Strong Man competition in Abu Dhabi.

I'm not really criticizing Yanagihara or his company for this latest move, I just think it's somewhat bizarre.  You would think that a company with as many question marks about its job commitments and ability to follow through on them would be a little less loose with its cash.  Then again, I just work here.

Goldsmith Found Innocent in Domestic Assault Case
Steve Goldsmith

Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith was accused of domestic battery against his wife last year, but a judge in Washington, D.C. has found him innocent.  The court documents were sealed, and, according to the Indianapolis Star, the Goldsmiths are not commenting any further on the story.

The 65-year-old former Mayor and Marion County Prosecutor was a Deputy mayor of new York when police were called to his Washington home by his wife, Margaret.  Goldsmith spent two days in jail and resigned as Deputy Mayor following the controversy.  His time in NYC had not gone well at all anyway.  He was widely criticized for the city's botched response to a huge snowstorm last winner.

Ballot Challenges Ahead

Looks like problems may be ahead for Republican candidate for Governor, Jim Wallace and culture vulture Rick Santorum.

Mitch Roob, one of Mitch Daniels' most prominent political administration members, has challenged Wallace's placement on the ballot as the Hamilton County businessman was 14 signatures short of the 500 needed in the 7th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

Culture vulture Rick Santorum's being challenged by another Republican after he missed the mark by eight signatures in the 7th.

Public hearings are scheduled for next Friday.

Curry Neighborhood Party Coming

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry will hold his first annual Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, March 3, at ee Indianapolis City Market.  The event starts at 6:00 p.m.  There will be entertainment, food, drink, and fun.  Tickets are $75.00.

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