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April 28, 2017

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That's convenient — and expensive
An aerial shot of the Traffic 7 (交7) and upcoming Traffic 6 (交6) Bus Stations are seen next to Taipei Main Station in this aerial photo taken Thursday. The Traffic 6 station is scheduled to open tomorrow, enabling more buses and routes in the area to fully utilize the convenience and traffic flow provided by Taipei Main Station and the Taoyuan Airport MRT line. However, the NT$70 million price tag for building the Traffic 6 station surprised Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, who reportedly exclaimed "That's expensive!" upon hearing the sum during a report.
 
Few feelings hurt in latest incident involving a statue
After a spate of recent beheadings, a concerned netizen has decided to ease the nerves of Taiwan's statue community -- by giving Canadian missionary George Leslie Mackay a free Starbucks.
 
Kinmen's got the blues too
This photo provided by photographer Hsu Hsiao-Xi (許小西) shows blue tears, a mysterious natural phenomenon in Kinmen. Although known to appear in the waters around Matsu Island, blue tears have rarely been reported in Kinmen. Scientists believe the phenomenon is caused by a dinoflagellate species called Noctiluca scintillans, which emits a blue bioluminescence when disturbed by waves.
 
The old switcharoo
A Taipei Municipal Chien Kuo High School senior surnamed Chou (周), front row center, poses for photographs with classmates in the school on Tuesday. Chou on Wednesday apologized for pretending to be his classmate, surnamed Chao (趙), during interviews with local reporters the previous day. Chao was originally asked to answer some questions from reporters after he was admitted to Taiwan's No. 1 university, National Taiwan University, on Tuesday. Chao said he did not want to participate in the interviews, so Chou took up the duty instead, saying Wednesday he had done so for fun. Reporters who wrote the interviews were given demerits by their respective news agencies for failing to confirm the interviewee's identity with school authorities beforehand.
 
Next port of call — renovation
This is a photo of the Port of Kaohsiung, taken April 25, which is the subject of the city government's latest renovation plans. Kaohsiung City Mayor Kiku Chen (陳菊) has asked all city departments to cooperate in the renovation of the city's old port region.
 
No love for renovation
Construction operations cease at the Jinshan Qingshui Wetland (金山清水濕地) in New Taipei City on April 25. The Taiwan Ecologial Engineering Development Foundation was criticized for starting renovation of an education center at the wetland before the operation license was approved by the Taipei City Government. The foundation made a public apology on Tuesday for its haste in proceeding with the construction, but asserted that the center will be given to local residents after the construction, and that their actions had been in good faith.
 
Bye bye iL Mercato
A view of an Italian restaurant in Taipei's Tianmu area is seen in this photograph. The Italian restaurant iL Mercato was recently embroiled in a scandal when it's was accused of discriminating against a Taiwanese customer and charging her for two bottles of wine she didn't drink.
 
Once was lost but now am found
Taipei American School students pose with a Baisha Township police officer in Penghu County. To the left of the officer is a student named Elly, who lost her phone on a field trip to Penghu for a fireworks festival. The diligent precinct police were quick to react: Officers located Elly's phone just in time, right before the group was slated to return to Taipei.
 
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Water pours from a pipe at a farm in Yunlin on Monday, April 24.
 
Plight of homeless in focus ahead of Universiade
One of the last things that anyone would probably expect to happen to them is to lose their home and suddenly end up on the streets. However, according to people well versed on the issue, today's unpredictable social and economic environment means that being made homeless could happen to anyone, with experts calling for more to be done to resolve the situation.
 
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