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Busting the joint
A marijuana bush standing three meters tall is shown in the photo taken at a papaya farm in Tainan, Saturday, July 23. The marijuana grower, surnamed Chen, has been arrested by the police. Up to 64 marijuana bushes were found on the farm. As the planting area is in a remote location and could not be seen easily, police who had been tipped off had to pose as farmers, tracking a river and passing through waist-deep bushes to reach the farm.
 
Plans to develop the Taipei Xinyi A7 area into a new project called the Taipei Sky Tower (TST) in hopes of propelling it onto the international stage have been announced
 
Families decry lack of answers on cause of bus blaze
Grieving family and relatives of 24 mainland Chinese tourists killed in a bus blaze in Taoyuan are growing increasingly frustrated over the investigation into the causes of the tragedy, Friday.
 
Facebook launches program to cultivate women entrepreneurs
Social media giant Facebook has announced it will launch "SheMeansBusiness" in Taiwan -- a series of workshops, resource centers and networking events to help female entrepreneurs in Taiwan enhance their skills, knowledge and connections.
 
Ever Rich pledging typhoon relief of NT$3 mil. for Green Is.
Ever Rich Duty Free Shop has pledged NT$3 million to help rebuild typhoon-battered Green Island.
 
Welcome to Daxi Culture Festival
In 1917, the sixth year of the reign of Japanese Emperor Taishō, the Tongren Society (同人社) built the first palanquin to thank His Holiness Emperor Guan (關聖帝君) -- also known as Guan Gong (關公) -- for his blessings. People in Daxi (大溪) held the first procession for Guan Gong's birthday on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month in the same year.
 
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) disapproval ratings rose to an all-time high in survey results published by the municipality Friday.
 
Real estate developers have said that the key to stimulating buying in the Kaohsiung housing market isn't home prices, but corporate investment, which can boost the economy and consequently allow more people to buy houses.
 
Bus service on less popular routes in Northern Taiwan could be reduced starting in August due to a new labor directive that prevents employees from working more than six days in a row without a day off, bus operators announced Friday.
 
A humanoid robot developed by Japanese tech company Softbank will soon become the first of its kind to work in the public sector in Taiwan when it joins the Pingtung County government's workforce later this year.
 
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