Arika Herron
May 26, 2023 - News

The casual fan's guide to the Indy 500

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios; Photos: Justin Casterline, Greg Doherty, James Gilbert and Chris Graythen/Getty Images

You don't have to be an IndyCar expert to enjoy the Indianapolis 500.

  • Here's a casual fan's guide to some of the sport's biggest names and those to watch on Sunday.
James Briggs
May 25, 2023 - News

Lifeguard hiring spree opens more Indianapolis pools

Illustration of "Help Wanted" written at the bottom of a pool.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

It will be easier to find an open pool in Indianapolis this summer after a monthslong marketing and recruiting blitz has beefed up the city's parks staff.

Zoom in: Indianapolis is paying $15 an hour β€” same rate as last year β€” and adding signing bonuses up to $500 to attract lifeguards.

James Briggs
May 25, 2023 - News

Indiana's most popular baby names

Data: U.S. Social Security Administration; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

It was the year of Oliver in 2022.

Driving the news: Of Indiana babies born last year, 430 were named Oliver, by far the most of any name, per Social Security Administration data.

James Briggs
May 24, 2023 - Sports

Indiana sports betting hits ceiling as Ohio ascends

Data: Legal Sports Report; Table: Axios Visuals
Data: Legal Sports Report; Table: Axios Visuals

Indiana's golden era for sports betting appears to be over.

Why it matters: Indiana smashed revenue expectations during its first four years of legal sports gambling, but competition from neighbors is loosening the state's grip on a lucrative business.

Joe Hogsett goes into the hotel business

A view of the empty Pan Am Plaza.

The city of Indianapolis is planning to build a Hilton-branded hotel at the Pan Am Plaza site. Photo: Axios/James Briggs

Indianapolis appears all but certain to enter the hotel business.

Driving the news: The city is scrambling to keep alive its vision for a Signia by Hilton hotel at the Pan Am Plaza site after developer Kite Realty Group failed to finance the project, which was first announced in 2018.

James Briggs
May 19, 2023 - News

Remembering Sylvia Likens, a case that shocked Indy

Gertrude Baniszewski weeps on May 19, 1966, after a guilty verdict in the murder of Sylvia Likens.

Gertrude Baniszewski (left), in custody of a police matron, weeps after a jury delivered a guilty verdict against her and four teenagers in the torture slaying of 16-year-old Sylvia Liken on May 19, 1966. Photo: Bettmann/Contributor via Getty Images

On this day in 1966, Gertrude Baniszewski and four teenagers β€” two of Baniszewski's children and two neighbors β€” were found guilty in perhaps the most shocking and horrifying murder in the city's history.

Arika Herron
May 17, 2023 - News

31 individuals become U.S. citizens at IMS

Our newest U.S. citizens pose for a photo with IMS President Doug Boles and several drivers in front of the track's famed pagoda. Photo: Arika Herron/Axios

Before it was called the Indianapolis 500, the 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was called the "International Sweepstakes" because its founders wanted to bring in people from all over the world.

Driving the news: IMS held a naturalization ceremony on Tuesday, during which 31 people from 24 countries took the oath of allegiance and became U.S. citizens.

VeeCon brings social media influencers to Indy

Gary Vaynerchuk, Eva Longoria, Maha Abouelenein and Huda Kattan pose together at the first VeeCon in Minneapolis.

Gary Vaynerchuk, Eva Longoria, Maha Abouelenein and Huda Kattan at the first VeeCon last year in Minneapolis. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images for Huda Kattan

It's time for VeeCon, a one-of-a-kind conference you've likely never heard of and might have trouble getting into.

Driving the news: Internet-famous Gary Vaynerchuk, a self-described "serial entrepreneur," is holding his tech, marketing, pop culture and thought leadership mashup in Indianapolis.


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