Friday, April 20, 2018

Hong Kong tycoon offers $65M dowry for gay daughter

Huge dowry offer for gay daughter

The daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon who has offered $65 million to any man who can woo her away from her lesbian partner said she's not upset with her father. "I'm actually on very, very loving terms with my father," Gigi Chao, 33, told the Associated Press on Friday. "We speak on a daily basis. He just has a very interesting way of expressing his fatherly love." Asked whether she would accept an eligible suitor, Chao laughed off the question, saying, "We'll just worry about that when the time comes." Her father, Cecil Chao, 76, is the chairman of Hong Kong property developer Cheuk Nang Holdings and has a reputation for being a playboy.

Owner donates site of fatal fire

The owner of the site of a 2003 nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., that killed 100 people is donating the land for a permanent memorial. The decision by Ray Villanova brings an end to a yearslong effort to secure the site by families of the dead and survivors. A lawyer for Villanova transferred ownership of the land to a foundation on Friday. The blaze at the Station started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam that lined the walls of the club.

Australia okays killing of sharks

Australian officials, under pressure to protect beachgoers after a string of deadly shark attacks, have approved a plan to kill sharks that venture too close to people in the water. The plan, which was announced by Western Australia state Premier Colin Barnett on Thursday, has infuriated conservationists and marks a sharp reversal of the current policy that permits the killing of sharks only after they have attacked. There have been five fatal shark attacks in Western Australia in the past year.

Associated Press

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Tampa Theatre is showing ‘Reefer Madness’ tonight on 420 Day

Tampa Theatre is showing ‘Reefer Madness’ tonight on 420 Day

The campy gem known as Reefer Madness is screening at 10:30 p.m. tonight at the history Tampa Theatre, a perfect bit of programming on 420 Day. Today's day is 4/20 and it has beeen adopted in some circles as Weed Day because of the numeral code used ...
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Woman attacks door of special needs bus with kids inside, curses at driver, deputies say

TOWN ‘N COUNTY — In an apparent fit of anger, a woman banged on a special needs bus door until it cracked. Children were inside and may have heard the string of profanities she shouted at the bus driver, deputies said.Now the detectives want her to p...
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Eakins: New ‘achievement zone’ would lift struggling schools

Eakins: New ‘achievement zone’ would lift struggling schools

TAMPA — Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins is preparing to reorganize his cabinet — for the third time since 2015 — in an effort to coordinate programs at the district’s highest-needs schools.In an interview this week, Eakins descr...
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St. Pete says wastewater spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says wastewater spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
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Rays DFA Brandon Snyder to activate Brad Miller

Rays DFA Brandon Snyder to activate Brad Miller

The Rays activated INF Brad Miller off the DL for Friday's game.Miller had been out 11 days due to a groin strain.To make room on the roster, they DFA'd INF/OF Brandon Snyder, who was called up on Tuesday.
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If you believe internal polls, Philip Levine is top choice of Tampa Bay Democrats

If you believe internal polls, Philip Levine is top choice of Tampa Bay Democrats

Fresh off a debate in Tampa, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine now says he's leading the race among Tampa Bay voters.Take this with a grain of salt, since the numbers come straight from Levine's campaign. But the Democrat said he has a 14-point ...
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Carlton: Mayor’s race: plot twists, meteoric rises, candidate implosions. It’s what we do in Tampa.

Carlton: Mayor’s race: plot twists, meteoric rises, candidate implosions. It’s what we do in Tampa.

The one thing you can say for sure about electing a mayor in Tampa is you can’t really say anything for sure. Historical proof: A couple of elections ago, Harvard-educated hometown-boy-gone-to-Washington Frank Sanchez was going to be our next ...
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Suspect in Gilchrist deputies’ slayings has Tampa Bay ties

Suspect in Gilchrist deputies’ slayings has Tampa Bay ties

The man identified as the suspect who fatally shot two Gilchrist County deputies in a restaurant Thursday afternoon before taking his own life has ties to the Tampa Bay area.Deputies say John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell — who was found dead outside ...
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Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

SAINT PETERSBURG — When describing the loss of defender David Najem, Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell and the player who will replace Najem chose the same word.Gutted.That settled over the Rowdies last weekend, one that was bad enough based o...
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Florida hits a milestone: More than 100,000 people are registered to use medical marijuana here

Florida hits a milestone: More than 100,000 people are registered to use medical marijuana here

Florida has hit a milestone of sorts as it slowly moves toward wider availability of medical marijuana.The number of patients in the state who are registered to use the substance has surpassed 100,000 for the first time, according to Florida Departme...
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