American Christian Vande Velde is out of the Tour de France after being involved in a crash early in the seventh stage.
Organisers said Vande Velde withdrew following a mass pile-up after 11-km.
He was one of Garmin-Sharp's top contenders along with fellow American Andrew Talansky, Irishman Dan Martin and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal.
Vande Velde also sustained a shoulder problem after crashing on Wednesday.
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The Miami Heat fan seen giving Joakim Noah the middle finger has been identified as Filimena Tobias, widow of Seth Tobias.
By Ihosvani Rodriguez
2:19 p.m. CDT, May 9, 2013
The Miami Heat fan who gave the one-finger salute to Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has become an Internet sensation overnight.
The Sun Sentinel reported that the woman is Filomena Tobias, the widow of former CNBC commentator and financial wizard Seth Tobias, according to her daughter, Victoria Racanati.
"She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport," the daughter told the Sun Sentinel today. "She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life."
The daughter said her mom did not want to comment.
Racanati said the family are Miami Heat season ticket holders who attend every game. Tobias was captured giving Noah the bird after he was ejected from the game. The photo has been widely posted all through Internet.
Racanati described Tobias as an ardent Heat fan, but was fuming by some of the less-than-flattering comments left on Internet stories about the incident.
"I have to say she still looks really hot," the daughter said.
The game was a blowout as the 115-78 win for the Heat tied the series at 1-1.
In 2007, Seth Tobias was found dead in the swimming pool of his Jupiter mansion. The following year a probate court judge approved a settlement agreement between his widow and his brothers, who were warring over his $25 million estate.
On Sept. 4, Jupiter police and paramedics found Tobias drowned in his pool. Medical examiners ruled he had a lethal mix of alcohol, cocaine and the sleeping pill Ambien in his system.
A five-month police investigation concluded there was no foul play, and prosecutors declined to pursue a criminal prosecution.
But Tobias' brothers -- Samuel, Spence, Scott and Joshua -- accused his widow of murder in a civil battle to keep her from grabbing their late brother's $25 million fortune under Florida's "slayer statute."
They claim Filomena Tobias spiked their brother's last meal of penne a la vodka with a deadly dose of Ambien, and then lured her woozy husband to the pool area, promising him sex with a male go-go dancer know as "Tiger."
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It's 21 years since I went to see Suicidal Tendencies open up for Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction Tour with Phillips, Buttney, & Buttney's Step-Dad Bob at the UIC Pavilion.
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On this frigid morning, in an unheated brick garage at 2122 N. Clark St., seven men were lined up against a whitewashed wall and pumped with 90 bullets from submachine guns, shotguns and a revolver. It was the most infamous of all gangland slayings in America, and it savagely achieved its purpose--the elimination of the last challenge to Al Capone for the mantle of crime boss in Chicago. By 1929, Capone's only real threat was George "Bugs" Moran, who headed his own gang and what was left of Dion O'Banion's band of bootleggers. Moran had long despised Capone, mockingly referring to him as "The Beast."
At about 10:30 a.m., four men burst into the SMC Cartage Co. garage that Moran used for his illegal business. Two of the men were dressed as police officers. The quartet presumably announced a raid and ordered the seven men inside the garage to line up against a wall. Then they opened fire. Witnesses, alerted by the rat-a-tat staccato of submachine guns, watched as the gunmen sped off in a black Cadillac touring car that looked like the kind police used, complete with siren, gong and rifle rack.The victims, killed outright or left dying in the garage, included Frank "Hock" Gusenberg, Moran's enforcer, and his brother, Peter "Goosy" Gusenberg. Four of the other victims were Moran gangsters, but the seventh dead man was Dr. Reinhardt Schwimmer, an optician who cavorted with criminals for thrills. Missing that morning was Capone's prize, Moran, who slept in.
Capone missed the excitement too. Vacationing at his retreat at Palm Island, Fla., he had an alibi for his whereabouts and disclaimed knowledge of the coldblooded killings. Few believed him. No one ever went to jail for pulling a trigger in the Clark Street garage, which was demolished in 1967.
Although Moran survived the massacre, he was finished as a big criminal. For decades to come, only one mob, that of Capone and his successors, would run organized crime in Chicago. But the Valentine's Day Massacre shocked a city that had been numbed by "Roaring '20s" gang warfare over control of illegal beer and whiskey distribution.
"These murders went out of the comprehension of a civilized city," the Tribune editorialized. "The butchering of seven men by open daylight raises this question for Chicago: Is it helpless?"
In the following years, Capone and his henchmen were to become the targets of ambitious prosecutors.
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