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February, 27, 2017

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A wet ride but free
Riders enter the gates at A13 station of the Taoyuan Airport MRT in Greater Taoyuan on Sunday, Feb. 26. Two days of heavy rain over the 228 Peace Memorial Day holiday didn't deter passengers from trying out the new metro system, which offers free rides to the end of the month. The rain did, however, dump water that rolled off the roof and onto passengers at A8 station and other stations with outdoor platforms. After studying the leakage, government officials said dead leaves and other debris had clogged up the rain gutters, causing overflow. Contractors had been asked to improve the drainage system, metro authorities said.
 
Cause of death unknown
Coast Guard officials measure a dead bottlenose dolphin, a protected species, in New Taipei City, Sunday, Feb. 27. Around 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Coast Guard found the dolphin dead in a stone trench along New Taipei's Laomei Coast. The dolphin, dead for no longer than a day, showed no visible signs of trauma. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
 
To reduce food waste and help the needy, the Hsinchu City government has launched a "communal refrigerator" program that allows retailers to share excess food with others.
 
New priorities
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je speaks at a meeting with the city's transport officials Friday, Feb. 25.
 
Urban renewal project secures funding
Urban renewal for the "Justice Country House" (正義國宅) can officially get underway after the signing of the syndicated loan to fund its reconstruction took place on Wednesday.
 
Marking Mary's return
The Wanchin Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, commonly known as the Wanchin Church, is seen in this undated photo. The church, located in Wanchin, Pingtung, will hold a procession on Feb. 26 to mark the centennial of the Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal.
 
Pop-up post office
A Chunghwa Post employee serves a customer at a temporary counter at the Chateau Beach Resort in Kenting, Pingtung, Tuesday, Feb. 21.
 
Timber troubles
The Taitung District Prosecutors Office successfully broke into the "rats' den" and recovered a 3-meter long stout camphor tree log valued at over NT$1 million. Hsieh and the five other suspects in the case have been arrested under charges of theft, Monday, Feb. 20.
 
Explore Taipei's cityscape
The other morning, just as I got out of the MRT station and attempted to sleepwalk to the office, something in a tall, red shiny monolith whizzed by on the streets and caught my attention. I laughed to myself and wondered if binging on old Harry Potter books before bed caused the image of the Knight Bus to find its way into my dreams.
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A culinary retreat
About half a year ago, the awe-inspiring gourmet landmark Mega 50 arose under the management of Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei at the heart of New Taipei's Banqiao District. The venue has since stood as the highest fine-dining spot in New Taipei, offering impressive 360-degree cityscape views.
 
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