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Hollywood Casino 400: Danica Patrick crashes out on Lap 1 Gear Up! Jordan Bianchi, SBNation Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 9:24 PM Danica Patrick’s frustrating rookie season continued Sunday with a wreck in the first corner on the first lap of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Starting 29th, Patrick sped into Turn 1 where she appeared to lose control of her car and veered head-on into the SAFER barrier. Her No. 10 Chevrolet suffered significant damage in the accident that also collected David Reutimann. “I knew the start was going to be definitely hairy, but when you arrive at Turn 1 you are not going very fast yet,” Patrick said. “So, I still was off the throttle and I just had enough momentum to go to the middle and so I did and I don’t know why it came around. “Either I drove into hard or the air is just that challenging or we were a little loose. I don’t know. I didn’t even have my front bead blowers on yet just trying to build heat in the front tires.” Patrick was one of many drivers who found the 1.5-mile oval difficult. A new Goodyear tire combined with cold temperatures and a slick track with little grip led to a track-record 15 caution periods Sunday. Among those who encountered trouble was Kyle Busch, who was involved in two separate incidents . The last one as a result of contact with Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers and ended with Busch’s mangled Toyota suffering terminal damage.
Hollywood animal trainer plans move to Oregon
Biz Send this story to a friend Email address of friend (insert comma between multiple addresses): Your email address: Oct 7, 2013, 10:47am PDT Hollywood increases pressure on Sacramento to keep production in state Enlarge Bloomberg Chris Dodd and the MPAA are beefing up in the battle to get more support for film and television production from the California government. Email | Twitter The battle is on to get more support for film and television production from the California government. Only days after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put industry vet Tom Sherak in charge of lobbying Sacramento for more tax credits for Hollywood, the Motion Picture Association of America has issued a new call to bolster the incentive program for big-budget blockbusters. Currently, the California film tax credit program only allocates $100 million a year, a paltry sum for the number of productions that could potentially shoot in state. The credits exclude feature films with budgets over $75 million and TV pilots. Considering that large features and TV shows could employ thousands of Californians, itas an issue that concerns many in Hollywood. “You are well aware film and TV production here in Los Angeles faces another challenge a the growing number of productions moving out of this state and out of the country,” MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd said while speaking at a Valley Industry and Commerce Association luncheon on Friday. “Other communities are feverishly developing their own film and television production infrastructure, both human and physical. They have come to realize what California has always known: Film and television productions are important job creators and economic generators,” Dodd noted. He also observed that 11 of this year’s 12 major blockbusters released in theaters were filmed outside of the state. “I know the studios I represent would prefer, everything else being equal, to make their films and television programs here in California, for many reasons,” Dodd said. “Therefore, for starters, the size and number of available tax credits needs to be increased and bigger productions must be allowed to qualify for them. We also need to give long-term productions, particularly television series, the ability to plan further ahead than their current season.” Gina Hall is a Los Angeles-based writer and producer with more than 10 years experience in television, documentary and feature film production.
Hollywood increases pressure on Sacramento to keep production in state
Graphic See previous stories in an occasional series exploring the changing casino industry and gambling culture in Maryland. According to State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency figures released Monday, the September haul included $2.3 million from Maryland Lives high-volume poker room, which opened to crowds and buzz in late August. The split-level, 52-table card room on most days the second-busiest poker room in the country behind Californias Commerce Casino has killed most of the poker action at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia. But its also dealt a bad beat to Hollywood Casinos sister property in Maryland: Poker revenue was down by more than 60 percent from the five-month average at Hollywood Casino in Perryville. Hollywood Perryville the first Free State casino to offer Texas hold em and other poker games opened with eight tables in March and added two more in late June to accommodate demand. Collectively, Marylands four casinos raked in more than $65million in September, falling about 10 percent short of Augusts record for the states rapidly expanding gambling sector. Still, excluding Rocky Gap Casino, the small resort that opened in May in Western Maryland, September year-over-year casino revenue in the state was up about 45 percent, , or $19.3 million almost entirely due to the addition of table games at Maryland Live and Hollywood Perryville, which generated $19.2 million in gross revenue. Casino at Ocean Downs, the states fourth casino, does not yet have table games. Last November, Maryland voters approved a dramatic expansion of casino gambling, including the addition of live-action Las Vegas-style table games. Slot revenue at Maryland Live and Hollywood Casino Perryville is taxed at 67 percent. Rocky Gap and Casino at Ocean Downs pay lower rates: 50 percent and 43 percent, respectively.
Lions, giraffes, zebras and a host of African antelope could be living a year from now in new facilities that trainer Brian McMillan plans for his property along Houston Road adjacent to Phoenix city limits. McMillan and his wife, Victoria, in August bought a 41-acre parcel of farmland and are now renovating the century-old farmhouse on the property the first phase of his planned operation. “It’s going to be a year or so from now,” McMillan said in an interview from his current operation in Canyon Country, Calif. “Right now we’re just trying to get our house built.” McMillan has been an animal trainer for more than 30 years, according to his website. His credits include television shows such as “CSI: NY” and “Monk” and films such as “Into the Wild,” as well as an array of talk shows and television commercials. McMillan said his “Hollywood Animals” and “Walking with Lions” operations already do filming in Oregon, primarily in the Portland area, and he wants to expand that work in Oregon and Northern California. The couple settled on the Phoenix property as a base for filming here because they prefer the climate and the community, he said, but that they plan to keep his Southern California operation as well. Eventually, he plans to add pens and other facilities on the property before shipping seven lions, three giraffes, three zebras, two camels, two ostriches and six antelope north, according to his county planning application. “It’s a nice, big, beautiful piece of property with lots of space,” he said. “And we’ve always liked Oregon.” Before purchasing the land, which is zoned exclusively for farm use, McMillan asked the Jackson County Planning Department whether these exotic animals would fall under the land-use definition of “farm use.” The lions fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and would need a permit from that agency to be housed on the property, said Bruce Pokarney , spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture. The ostriches and camels already are exempt from wildlife laws because they are considered domesticated animals, said Rick Boatner , who handles exotic species issues for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The giraffes, zebras and the antelopes kudus, blackbucks and impalas are listed by the ODFW as “non-controlled animals” that can be kept, bred or sold here under limited restrictions, Boatner said. There are not even fencing requirements such as those for keeping bears or cougars, Boatner said.