In an impressive heist, thieves robbed Garmin-Sharp of 17 racing bikes while the team slept at their hotel during the Tour of the Mediterranean this weekend.
The team discovered Saturday morning, before the beginning of Stage 4 of 5, that the bikes were missing from their storage trailer, which was backed up against a car to inhibit access. But the thieves had moved the car and then put it back without anyone noticing.
Garmin-Sharp was left with the option of borrowing spare bikes from other teams. Because the riders were not comfortable using unkown bikes, the team chose to withdraw.
Think the snowstorm that pounded the East Coast this weekend was bad? Try dealing with a rain of spiders. That's what residents of Santo Antonio da Platina, a town in southeast Brazil, faced this weekend. A video captured by a 20-year-old designer shows thousands of the tiny arachnids dangling from a giant web suspended from the town's power lines.
While it may seem otherworldly, Marta Fischer, a spider biologist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, told Brazil's G1 news that eight-legged invasions of this type are actually not uncommon.
"They are spiders from the species Anelosimus eximus, also known as social spiders. They normally stay in the trees during the day, and construct a kind of sheet of web during the afternoon and evening. Each individual makes its own, and afterwards they join them together. Their objective is to capture insects," explained the biologist.
"During the day they destroy their webs so that birds don't do it instead," concluded Marta, who went on to stress that the spiders' venom isn't dangerous to humans.
Anelosimus eximus forms some of the largest colonies in the spider world, with as many as 50,000 individuals sharing a web.
Much of the scandalous mystery meat comes from Romania where, until recently, horses and donkeys were allowed on public roads as a common form of transport. A law passed six years ago—but only recently enforced—banning horse- and donkey-drawn carts has sent hundreds of thousands of now obsolete animals to slaughter.
Initially thought only a British problem, the mystery meat has turned up in France and Sweden as well. French consumer minister Benoît Hamon has threatened legal action against the two French companies that handled the meat if it is discovered that they were aware of the horse and/or donkey meat beforehand.
Three men died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles early Sunday morning while filming a segment for a military-themed Discovery Channel television show. Pilot David Gibbs, 59, cinematographer Darren Rydstrom, 46, and 45-year-old Michael Donatelli, who is believed to be a former Special Forces officer, were killed.
The helicopter was operated by Eyeworks USA, the unnamed program's production company. It crashed around 3:40 a.m. at Polsa Rosa Ranch, a popular film spot. The Discovery Channel has since released a brief statement:
A production company was shooting a show for Discovery Channel when this tragic accident occurred. We are all cooperating fully with authorities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
Aviation officals are currently investigating the crash.
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