41 Little Known Things About Lansing, MI

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1. Lansing got its start founded by two brothers from New York back in 1835. At the time they settled the area just south of present-day Lansing, they called it "Biddle City." Most of the area was actually flooded for most of the year. Ironically, those two brothers were from Lansing, New York.

2. When the brothers went back to New York they reported that the area was fully established and ready for people to move in. A group of excited residents moved there immediately, only to find that they had been scammed and the area was underwater! The people stuck it out, though, and the rest is history.

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3. The highest-ranking Okinawan master of martial arts Beikoku Shido-kan Karate-do calls Lansing home. His name is Seikichi Iha.

4. The co-founder of Google Larry Page actually grew up in Lansing, Michigan. Lives in Palo Alto, CA, now, but everyone knows he started out as a Midwest boy.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lansing

5. For a period of time, the great Malcolm X and his family once resided in Lansing.

6. Lansing was chosen to be the state capital not by reputation, but out of frustration. In 1847 the state constitution required that the capital be moved from Detroit, and it was such a process deciding which city to pick instead that Lansing was finally chosen in order to end it.

7. At the time Lansing was made the state's capital in 1847, there were less than 20 people living in town.

8. If it wasn't for Lansing, Michigan, we would've never had GM's Oldsmobile. Early resident of the town Ransom E. Olds built the first Curved Dash Oldsmobile (before anyone had really heard a guy called Henry Ford) and began his own motor car company in 1904 called REO Motor..

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lansing

9. Before Earvin Johnson became "Magic," he was just a boy from Lansing.

10. Lansing has its own Hollywood Walk of Fame. It's called the "Michigan Walk of Fame," and it honors only state residents, such as state librarian Mary Spencer and hockey star Gordie Howe.

11. Lansing was the first city in the country to establish an organization dedicated to women's history: the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame.

12. Lansing is one of the only cities to have a minor league baseball team named after a tool: the Lansing Lugnuts.

13. One of the largest family-owned pet stores in the state exists right in Lansing. It's called Preuss Pets. It's the size of a large department store at 22,000 square feet, with shopping space for all sorts of critters. Part of the store feels like you're walking through a rainforest.

14. Everyone’s favorite young adult stories about children fighting to the death would never have made it to the big screen without Art Director and Lansing native John Collins.

15. It's been said that you can't be a TRUE Spartan unless you kiss someone in the shadow of MSU's prestigious Beaumont Tower.

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16. The largest bell in MSU's Beaumont Tower weighs a whopping 2.5 tons.

17. MSU sought to protect its pride and joy in the mascot "Sparty," believed to be the world's largest freestanding ceramic figure, by safely hiding it away inside the campus stadium to protect it from the outside elements. So the campus installed a bronze version of the statue - but that hasn't kept University of Michigan Wolverines from defacing it with paint.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lansing

18. It's been said that MSU has underground "dungeons." Pretty creepy, right? Well, they're actually not dungeons—they're steam tunnels utilized to house the campus utilities. They're so well known that MSU students often go exploring.

19. MSU was supposed to see its first graduating class (of seven students) in 1861, but the students were excused just a few months before graduation so they could join the Union Army in the Civil War.

20. Michigan State University went through five other names before the current name was finally chosen.

21. The MSU Spartans have won 70 percent of all the football games they play at home in Spartan Stadium.

22. You can actually traverse the entire solar system on foot simply by walking through downtown Lansing. It's called the "Planet Walk," featuring a scaled-down replica of the solar system depicting all the plants, starting at the Impression 5 Museum and ending all the way at Potter Park Zoo.

23. In 2012 The Atlantic magazine ranked the Lansing area 16th on its list of "Brainiest Cities in America."

24. You'll probably notice that Lansing's capitol building looks very similar to the one in D.C. That's no coincidence. The structure was one of the first inspired by and built to emulate the nation's Capitol building.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lansing

25. The first capitol building in Lansing was actually made of wood, having been hurriedly constructed once the city was chosen for the capital. A grander home for the state's government wasn't built until 1871.

26. Lansing's capitol building features 20 chandeliers. They're all one of a kind, featuring deer and elk horns.

27. Lansing has one of the few cash-only breakfast diners in the state: the Golden Harvest Restaurant. Most items at $6 or less (yes, really), and to this day it's one of the most popular restaurants in town.

28. Out of all the states in the U.S. Lansing is the only state capital that doesn't happen to be the county seat. The county seat of Ingham County is actually Mason, Michigan.

29. Just out of college and ready to start somewhere new? In 2010 Kiplinger named Lansing one of the "10 Great Cities for Young Adults."

30. Sparrow Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center - an honor only held by 6 percent of hospitals in the country.

31. The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, founded in Lansing, was named the second best law school in the country last year by U.S. News and World Report.

32. Lansing Community College, believe it or not, has an extension site for students located in Otsu, Japan. That's a long way away to get to class.

34. Lansing's Green Cab Company service uses cars that meet the standards for Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicles—the highest energy-efficient status a gas-powered vehicle in the U.S. can achieve.

35. The popular Peanut Barrel of Lansing celebrates an odd holiday: "National Eat Outside Day."

36. Lansing's Beal Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously operating botanical garden in the country, and holds more than 5,000 species of plants.

37. If it wasn't for Abraham Lincoln and the Morrill Act of 1862, Lansing's Michigan State University might never have been the same. The university was, in fact, one of the first federal land-grant institutions established after the Morrill Act.

38. You don't have to be anywhere near the Mississippi to enjoy a riverboat cruise. The J&K Steamboat Company offers such a cruise down the Grand River, right through Lansing, and it even offers music and a murder mystery theater show.

39. Lansing was initially a contender for the state's capital over the more logical (and larger) Detroit because the bigger city was considered too close to British-controlled Canada at the time.

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40. The Greater Lansing Ballet Company has garnered international attention, and hosted dancers from the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland and the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg.

41. Although not considered the largest city in the state (it barely makes the top five), Lansing kills the competition when it comes to education: two medical schools, one veterinary school, two nursing schools, two law schools, and, of course, Michigan State University.

What’s your favorite fun Lansing fact? Tell us in the comments below!

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Moving Stats: 2016 in Review

For those of you that are just looking to move an infographic highlighting the stats of the moving industry in 2016 as compared to 2015 is probably boring.

I get that.

I however find them interesting.

I’m biased. I know this. But it gives me a good picture of where the industry was headed and where it may go.

BY knowing this data I can pivot a little (or not) to give you all the best moving service possible.

And I know you guys like that.

So here is the infographic. I hope you like it.


Moving Trends: 2016 Annual Relocation Data Survey by MyMovingReviews.

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What Movers Will Not Move

What Movers Will Not Move

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Moving Insurance Claims and Complaints

Moving Insurance Claims

moving insurance claimsIf you believe that your mover didn’t treat you or your belongings right, you have options available to try to set matters straight.

Your first avenue for claims should always be with the moving company itself, and the sooner the better. The most common complaints fall into three categories:

  • If anything lost or damaged, note it on the mover’s copy of the inventory sheet before you sign it. If you don’t discover the loss or damage until after you’ve packed, you must file a loss and damage claim within nine months after delivery.
  • You may feel that you’ve been overcharged, particularly if you’ve used a nonbinding estimate or if you feel you’ve been charged for services that weren’t provided. You’ll need to file an overcharge claim with the company.
  • If you have unforeseen expenses because of a delay in pickup and delivery, you may be eligible for some reimbursement. Your belongings must be shipped with what’s called “reasonable dispatch,” which means that your mover needs to pick up and deliver on the dates you have requested–unless the movers encounters delays that are beyond its control, such as weather, road construction, or equipment breakdown.

If the delay occurred because of such circumstances, you may still want to file a delay claim, although under “reasonable dispatch,” the mover isn’t contractually obligated to pay you.

On the other hand, if your mover missed a guaranteed pickup or delivery date and no such mitigating a guaranteed pickup or delivery date and no such mitigating circumstances were in play, you are entitled to an agreed-upon reimbursement rate. But you’ll still have to file a claim.

Arbitration

If the moving company doesn’t settle your claim to your satisfaction, you can request arbitration. The company is required by law to have an arbitration program, and you should have received information about it when first received an estimate.

Be aware that under federal regulations, only loss or damage claims on interstate shipments are subject to mandatory arbitration.

Filing a Complaint

If you want to go on record with a complaint against your mover or if you believe your mover has broken the law, you can file a complaint with FMCSA’s Household Goods Consumer Complaint hotline at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or online at www.1-888-dot-saft.com/CC_main.asp. You should include your name, address, and telephone number, as well as those of the mover; the mover’s DOT and MC numbers (if available); and a short narrative of specific violations that you allege.

The complaint will be maintained in the carrier’s file as part of its permanent record, and if FMCSA decides to take enforcement action against the mover, you may be contacted to provide additional information.

You should also contact your own state’s attorney general, the Better Business Bureau, and your state’s moving association.

 

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Moving With Pets

Moving with Pets

moving with petsAs if the move weren’t hard enough, you can’t put your pets on the moving van.

Huge temperatures swings and the lack of food and sanitation in the moving van would make life extremely hard on your pet. But it does mean you have one more thing to plan for, the sort of thing that lives and breathes and depends on you.

On the other hand, if you’re driving solo cross country (or across town), your pet might make pretty good company.

Get a pet carrier, if you don’t already have one and put it in the back seat where it’s safest. Take your pet for a few short rides to get it used to the car.

Pet travel kit. When you travel with a pet, you’ll need to keep it both safe and comfortable. Vets recommend the following:

  • A kennel, cage, or appropriate container that you keep the pet in while traveling.
  • Food, a dish, and a can opener if necessary.
  • Drinking water brought from old home.
  • Bedding
  • A favorite toy.
  • A pooper-scooper and plastic bags.
  • A collar with license, rabies tag, pet’s name, your name, and contact info.
  • A leash where appropriate.

If the pet gets carsick on short drives and continues to do so, talk with your veterinarian about medication that may help.

Smaller animals such as rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, and birds can travel in their regular cages. Make sure they have food and water and the cage door closes securely. Cover the cage with a cloth to help them keep calm.

Fish are harder to move. What you need to do will depend on the type of fish you have. Check at the pet store to see if you’ll need special containers or a battery powered aerators.

Simple Tips

  • Feed your pet five or six hours before leaving, but not any closer to the time you are set to leave.
  • Make plenty of rest stops when traveling and protect the upholstery by covering it with plastic tablecloth.
  • Get a collar for your pet that bears its name, your name, your new address, and a phone number where you can be reached.
  • When you take the pet out of its carrier, be sure to put your pet on a leash.

Pets–especially those that get carsick–need plenty of air. Run the car’s air-conditioning or leave the windows open an inch or two. Smaller animals such as gerbils, rabbits and hamsters are sensitive to temperature extremes. Keep the car at a temp you find comfortable, and they’ll be comfortable too.

Don’t leave any pet unattended in the car for any length of time. The summer’s heat and the winter’s cold can be fatal. If you have to leave the animal in the car for a short period during the warm weather, open the windows part way, or leave the air-conditioning on to keep them from overheating.

If you’ll be on the road for more then a day, check to make sure the hotel or motel you’re staying at allows pets in the room. Pack a jug or two of tap water from your home, and water and feed your pet once daily. Strange water can mean upset stomachs…and you don’t want that.

Check state and local pet regulations before you leave home. Regulations for cats are usually as simple as getting the animal a health certificate, rabies shots, and a local license. But if floppy is a dog, chicken, horse, llama, or something more exotic than your average turtle, there’ll be stricter requirements that you need to know about and meet before making the move.

 

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Matthew McConaughey Moving To Lansing?

Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He’s Moving to Lansing, Michigan

Matthew McConaughey moving to lansingLANSING, Michigan – In a huge surprise to everyone in Los Angeles, Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey reveals in a new interview that he is moving to the Lansing, Michigan area. He tells the magazine that he is “tired of the L.A. lifestyle” and is looking for a big change in life.

“I’m just tired of the L.A. lifestyle and I feel like, at this point in my life, I’d rather just live in a place full of real, genuine people. I’ve been to Lansing a couple of times over the years and the people there are real… they’re genuine, and yeah every community has its problems but the people there are good, decent people and they care about their community. Those are the things I find most important in deciding where to live,” McConaughey told the magazine.

“I’m not retiring, I’m just looking for a change in life and I think I’ve found that in Lansing,” McConaughey reassured fans. Let us know what you think in the comments section below especially if you’re a resident of the Lansing, Michigan area.

Here is the where you can find the original article.

While this is a great article, it is truly just link bait.

I’ll admit it: I know that this article is fake but I also know that I can get a bunch of people to click on the article and come to my website, thus making my  website that much powerful. So I am using an SEO technique called “news jacking” to get more viewers of my website for the express purpose of getting higher rankings in the search engine, thus making more money.

For the truth about this, and any other celebrity you may think is moving to your small town check out this great article: http://www.snopes.com/celebrity-moving-small-towns/

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ABF To Start Charging California Compliance Surcharge

California Compliance SurchargeABF Freight System has instituted a $5.92 surcharge for each shipment going to or from California.

This month, the Arkansas-based, LTL division of ArcBest Corp.  began the California Compliance Surcharge to offset the state’s higher operating costs and stricter regulations. The surcharge does not apply to shipments moving under Volume Price, TimeKeeper Price, a TurnKey Price or U-Pack quotes.

In recent years, truckers have had to meet progressively stricter emissions standards in California. Additionally, the state’s courts upheld the state’s meal and rest break rules for truckers and ordered carriers to reclassify independent contractors as employees in several high-profile cases.

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Packing: The Right Moving Box

moving boxBoxes for moving should be clean and sturdy. Those that are ripped or starting to come apart will only get worse during the course of the move.

For ease of loading try to gather boxes that are similar in width and length (the height can vary); this will make them easy to stack.

Though scavenging boxes will save money, many people find the convenience of new boxes worth the price. Orderly stacks of new boxes are easy to keep organized, so you can quickly pull out the right-size box.

If you purchase boxes from a moving company, they will usually buy back what you don’t use. Also check online companies that specialize in  moving materials. They may charge less can can deliver boxes and supplies in just a couple of days.

Some companies sell box kits that include a variety of box sizes typically needed for specific rooms. Whether you buy a kit or just order boxes, have a variety of boxes on hand for packing.

Types Of Moving Box

wardrobe boxWardrobe Boxes. Wardrobe boxes have a double-strength cardboard and a metal hanger bar, so you can simply transfer hanging items from your closet to the moving box. These generally come in two sizes, a shorter one for shirts and folded over pants and a taller one for dresses, coats, and other long clothing. Wardrobe boxes can also be used for large items such as hanging plants and large lamps. Many people keep them after the move to use for off-season storage.

files boxBoxes for paperwork. If you have sturdy filing cabinets and will be able to transport it with a hand truck, its usually best to just wrap the cabinet and move it with the files inside. Otherwise, but boxes made for paperwork. These sturdy boxes come in a variety of sizes to hold legal- or letter-size files. They are also ideal for manuals, receipts, and other important documents. Most have an easy-open top or removable lid, so no taping is needed–and you can easily get at the papers.

Important. Remember this piece of advice: If it is heavy for you it will be heavy for the movers. So keep things that are heavy to the smaller boxes.

Dish Pack Partition Kit_mainCell kits. A cell kit, also called a partition kit, slips into a matching box to isolate glasses and other small objects. Most kits have two or more cell sizes. Small cells are typically 41/2 inches square and 61/2 inches deep for each section, and these are 12 sections or cell grids. Larger cells are commonly 41/2 inches square but 13 inches deep. Make sure your valuables will fit loosely into the cells, so you can wrap them.

Dish-Barrel-BoxDish Barrel. Also called a dish pack, this is a large box with walls made of double-thick cardboard for extra strength and cushioning. It can also be used for packing a number of small pictures and other fragile items. Typically we use them to pack in blankets and pillows as it is easy to overload the box and make it too heavy to lift.

lb2_lgLamp Box. This tall, relatively slim box is just the right size for most lamps and may accommodate the shade as well. Make sure your lamp will fit with several spare inches to allow for packing material. Some lamp boxes can also be used for golf clubs and other tall items.

ND_Moving_Boxes_TV_400x400TV Boxes. If you managed to save the boxes that originally housed your TV, monitor, stereo components, and other electronics, it’s always best to reuse them–especially if you have the foam packing. Otherwise consider buying boxes made specifically for electronics and small appliances. Some are designed to hold, for instance, and 70 inch TV, or a standard-size CD or DVD players.

Picture and mirror packing. TO pack a large glass-framed picture or mirror, buy a two-part picture box. The upper portions slides up and down to accommodate pictures of various sizes. If you’re ordering online, they are typically shipped in bundles housed in a frame box, so you may end up  with one frame box as a bonus with each bundle of boxes you order.

As an alternative, buy a picture packing kit, which includes for foam corners and a strap that holds them tight. Once wrapped, the picture can be safely stored in a box.

Scavenging Boxes

Of course the cheapest way to obtain moving boxes is to scavenge from local businesses. Liquor stores, copy centers, office supply, and grocery stores can be good sources.

Check with the manager . Often stores have boxes available only early in the morning–before they break them down and dispose of them.

Unfortunately the hallmark of a scavenged box move is often a hodgepodge of different size boxes that have to be fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. As much as possible try to get groups of boxes that are the same width and length, so that they can be stacked neatly.

Also, avoid boxes without lids, because you can’t stack on top of them.

Liquor boxes are sturdy, but tend to be on the small side. Use them for small heavy items, but be sure to also look for large boxes.

Copier pare boxes are sturdy and have a removable top. They are strong and big enough to be useful but no so big that they’ll be too heavy to carry. Copying outlets will often set them aside for you.

Some veteran DIY movers swear by banana boxes because they are  strong, plentiful, and stack well. Handle holes make them easy to carry, though the openings  in the lid and bottom can be inconvenient.

Boxes that hold toilet paper or paper towels are large but usually not strong enough for dishes or heavy items. They are ideal for clothing and linens.

You’ll often find a stack of broken down boxes near a dumpster. If they have not been damaged by packing strap, you ca easily fit them into your vehicle. However it pays to be a bit choosy; check them for size and make sure they are not damaged.

 

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Do It Yourself Move: Hiring Pros For Part Of The Move

We are talking about hiring pros to do some of the move you to make it a partial do-it-yourself move. Last week we presented you with part 1 of this which you can see here.

Hiring the Pros

do-it-yourself moveYou pack, they drive. Self service moving companies will deliver a truck or a trail to your home for you to pack and load, then a moving company driver will pick it up and deliver it to your new home. In some cases another family (or two) may share the truck with you.

Charges are usually assessed based on the percentage of the truck that your possessions take up. The truck may take several days longer to reach your new home if other families are involved.

Hire help for loading and unloading. Both self-service and full-service moving companies provide workers on a hourly basis. Check the fine print for extra charges. You can also round up college or high school kids, but if you do, be sure your homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your possessions and possible injury to a helper.

Piano movers. Pianos–even uprights and spinets–are amazingly heavy. They can cause serious injury and harm if anything goes wrong when moving one, especially up or down stairs. Unless you have already moved one yourself or know someone who has, it is almost always best to hire a pro.

Hire a handyman to help disassemble and reassemble. Some aspects of moving require carpentry, plumbing, or wiring expertise. If you prefer to have someone else take care of this work for you, hire a general contractor or someone with more specialized skills.

A few national moving or crating companies will send pros to your old home to do the work needed to get you ready to move and then send workers to your new home to help get you set up. Items that call for special skills include:

  • Appliances such as the washer, dryer, refrigerator with icemaker, or dishwasher.
  • Heirlooms such as grandfather clocks and china cabinets with curved glass fronts.
  • Recreational equipment, including pool tables, exercise equipment, and swing sets.
  • Some furniture items such as waterbeds and wall units.
  • Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and other electrical items.

The Container Storage Option

PODSNew players in the self-move category–and an increasingly common sight on streets and driveways–are containers that can accommodate the contents of one room or a room and half. The rental company drops off the containers; you load and pack them. Then the rental company picks them up and delivers them to the new home or a storage facility.

It generally takes several days longer to reach the destination than the traditional moving truck because the move is coordinated with other boxes in the area. It’s also convenient option for families who are downsizing and want to move a roomful of stuff into a storage facility.

 

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Residents Of Abbot Manor Forced Out Of Their Homes

Dozens scrambling after East Lansing shutters apartment complex

U-Save Moving and Storage as well as other moving companies were part of the move out exodus this last Wednesday to help these residents into their new apartments. It is our understanding that the East Lansing Fire Marshall ordered the residents to have been moved by 5pm on 30th March 2016.

EAST LANSING – As many as 51 people were forced to move out of an East Lansing apartment complex Tuesday after city officials cited it as unsafe.

Residents of Abbot Manor, at 910 Abbot Road, were notified Tuesday by WestPac Campus Communities that all residents of the three-story building had to relocate immediately.

In the letter to residents, WestPac, which owns the building, said it has had ongoing issues with the roof that were continuing to cause water damage.

A local representative for WestPac referred the State Journal to company CEO Patrick Smith. Smith did not return messages left Wednesday seeking comment.

Annette Irwin, East Lansing housing and university relations administrator, said building and fire inspectors determined on Tuesday morning that none of the floors could be occupied. Officials received a complaint from a resident, she said, and upon inspection found extensive mold and water damage.

Irwin went to the building earlier this week. She said she saw the damage firsthand, including fallen pieces of drywall.

“We were really concerned for the safety of the residents,” Irwin said. “We were especially concerned that, with more rain, more drywall could fall, at a minimum.

East Lansing Fire Marshal Gerald Rodabaugh said he would stay on site until 7 p.m. Wednesday to see people get their belongings out safely.

“There’s a lot of water damage in this building,” Rodabaugh said.

Michigan State University senior Louise Almeida spent the morning packing her belongings. She’s lived in the building since August of 2014 and was planning to move north to The Rocks at Chandler Crossings until her lease is up. WestPac also owns The Rocks, and Almeida said the company is honoring her lease.

Irwin said Tuesday afternoon that the city was working with the understanding that all residents would be relocated to other WestPac apartments in the area. Santa Barbara, California-based WestPac owns or operates at least eight area rental communities.

“Before the mold and everything started becoming bad in my apartment, everything was fine, besides in the hallway,” she said. “I liked my nook, and that was it.”

Several people who were moving out Tuesday said most, if not all, residents were students and that most attended MSU.

MSU junior Evan Harless of Holt moved to Abbot Manor in August. Harless said he and two roommates each paid $565 per month in rent for their three-bedroom apartment, but that it was often difficult to get a receipt when they paid their rent.

“Management is a mess,” he said.

Harless said he and his roommates will be moving to one of the complexes in Chandler Crossings.

The three-story building has 30 apartments and is licensed for 51 residents. It was not immediately clear how many of those apartments were occupied. The college town apartment rental website uCribs lists rents at Abbot Manor as ranging from $525 to  $750 per month.

Danielle Miller of Marysville didn’t think she’d have to pack again so soon after unpacking. The MSU sophomore just moved in at Abbot Manor two weeks ago.

She’ll move home and commute the two hours to class, she said.

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