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.