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In 1989, Steven Sasson, an employee at Kodak, presented to his boss the world's first DSLR camera, a side project the photographic film company half-heartedly allowed Sasson to work on for over a decade.
 
Last week saw the 17th anniversary of the deadly 921 Earthquake. Deputy Interior Minister Hua Ching-chun revealed plans for new regulations that would require residential properties that are 30 or more years old to be certified as safe before they are sold.
 
Feng Ming-chu may have profound knowledge of the history of Chinese art, but she should have demonstrated more awareness of current issues when accepting a set of sculptures donated by movie star Jackie Chan on behalf of the National Palace Museum (NPM).
 
The Legislative Yuan reopened this week, with labor issues returning to the forefront of public discourse.
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Like father, like son. Donald J. Trump Jr. grabbed headlines on Monday with anti-refugee rhetoric that likened Syrian refugees to Skittles -- a brand of fruit-flavored sweets.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a wise decision, at long last.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen's pledge to form a government "most able to communicate" has again come back to haunt her administration. Tung Chen-yuan became the shortest-lived Executive Yuan spokesman since 2012, when the post was made into full-time position, when he was unceremoniously sacked on Sunday.
 
At the start of 2016, forecasting agencies across Taiwan predicted the economy would grow by 2 percent or more for the year, finally relieving the nation from a long period of lackluster growth. Taiwan recorded just 0.75-percent growth in 2015.
 
The prospect of a "half Taiwanese" becoming Japan's prime minister has created much hype in Taiwan.
 
The Mid-Autumn Festival has traditionally been about celebrating the communal harvest after seasons of toil in the fields. This year for Taiwan, typhoons may dampen outdoor barbeques, but the festering problems of political squabbling among the ruling and opposition parties will likely only be sidestepped.
 
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