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Indianapolis is the capital city of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. The 2000 Census counted the city's population at 781,870. It is Indiana's most populous city and is the 13th largest city in the U.S., the third largest city in the Midwest, and the second most populous state capital in the U.S., behind Phoenix, Arizona. Indianapolis has hosted numerous sporting events including; the 1987 Pan American Games, both Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments, the Brickyard 400, the United States Grand Prix (2000–2007), and is perhaps most famous for the annual Indianapolis 500. The labels of The Amateur Sports Capital of the World, and The Racing Capital of the World, have both been applied to the city.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is among the fastest growing in the Midwest and the United States, with growth centered in the surrounding counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson. Hamilton and Hendricks are currently the fastest growing counties in Indiana. Currently, the Combined Statistical Area stands at 1,984,644, making it the 23rd largest in the U.S.

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Irvington Historic District, founded in 1870, was originally created as a suburban town of Indianapolis, Indiana. Irvington formed along winding roads of dirt and brick that reflected the Romantic landscape design era. The town was built as a quiet suburb where artists, politicians, military generals, academics, and heads of local industry resided. In 1902 Irvington was annexed by Indianapolis. Although Irvington is now much a part of the city, it still maintains a quiet neighborhood atmosphere.

Irvington is located five miles east of downtown Indianapolis on the western edge of Warren Township. The neighborhood is situated on the historic national road US 40, also known locally as Washington Street. Through the early 1900s, a commuter rail/trolley system ran from Irvington to downtown Indianapolis along US 40.

Irvington was the birthplace and home to the only historic art movement in Central Indiana named for a specific place, the Irvington Group. In the early 1900s, this group of artists lived, met, practiced and exhibited art in Irvington. Today, many of the artists homes and studios remain standing throughout the community. The Irving Theatre has recently re-opened as a concert venue for bands. The theatre has held events that have attracted over 700 patrons. The Irvington Lodge, Bona Thompson Memorial Library, and The Studio School & Gallery are public venues where arts are currently taught and displayed throughout the Irvington neighborhood.

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Main entrance to Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Indiana Fever are a professional women's basketball team based in Indianapolis. The team is part of the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Fever play at Conseco Fieldhouse, located in Downtown Indianapolis. The team is the sister team of the National Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers.

The Fever were founded in 2000 along with three other expansion franchises. They finished their inaugural season at 9-23 and received the 3rd pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft which they used to select Tennessee superstar Tamika Catchings, although she was forced to sit out the 2001 season with a knee injury. Catchings won the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year and has led the Fever in points, rebounds, assists, and steals each season since. They first made the playoffs in 2002 but lost to the New York Liberty in 3 games. Since 2005 the Fever have posted three straight 21 win seasons and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals twice. In the 2007 offseason the Fever acquired Indianapolis native and Perry Meridian High School graduate, Katie Douglas, in a trade with the Connecticut Sun. The trade has been called one of the biggest in WNBA History.

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exterior of Circle Centre, Nordstrom entrance, in downtown.
Circle Centre is a large indoor shopping mall located in downtown Indianapolis (just around the corner from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument). Plans for a downtown Indianapolis mall had been in development by the Simon Property Group since 1979. Circle Centre was opened to the public on September 8, 1995, adjoining Simon corporate headquarters, and incorporating existing downtown structures such as the former L. S. Ayres flagship store, which was used to house a Parisian location.

The mall consists of over 100 stores on four levels with a gross leasable area of 786,000 square feet (73,000 m2), and is anchored by three-level Nordstrom and Carson Pirie Scott stores. A Carson's home store of 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) was added in 2007. The third level features a food court. The fourth level was formerly devoted to entertainment such as a brewery and other over-21 attractions. It currently contains a GameWorks arcade and a nine-screen United Artists movie theater.

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Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser (born December 3, 1968), born Brendan James Fraser, in Indianapolis is an American film and stage actor of Canadian descent. He is known for having starred in several major Hollywood films, including The Mummy film series, The Quiet American, and Crash. He attended the private boys boarding school Upper Canada College in Toronto. He graduated from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts in 1990. His career began acting at a small acting college in New York. He originally planned on attending graduate school in Texas but stopped in Hollywood on his way south and decided to stay in Los Angeles and work in movies.

Fraser's first film role was a brief cameo in America's Most Wanted Reenactment (1985) he played friend to Rodney Mark Peterson, who was murdered. He has since garnered over 30 film credits. He had his first lead role in Encino Man (1992). That same year he played opposite Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Chris O'Donnell in School Ties (1992). In 1994 he co-starred alongside Adam Sandler in the comedy Airheads. In 1997 he got his breakhthrough role with the hit comedy film George of the Jungle. He went onto appear in several comedy films such as Blast from the Past (1999), Bedazzled (2000) and Monkeybone (2001).

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  • "Every race I run in is in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Indy is the most important thing in my life. It is what I live for." -- former IRL driver Al Unser
  • "What's that? Uh -- Playoffs? Don't talk about -- playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!" -- former Colts coach Jim E. Mora
  • "The jazz scene - or the lack of it - has no correlation to my move back to Indianapolis. I wanted Indianapolis to be my home, and it is my home." -- jazz musician J. J. Johnson

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