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The story of the “Blue Lady” precedes even the Story Inn’s current owner. Accounts of seeing the ghost in the former Garden Room (now the Blue Room) have been written in guest books for years, noting that if the room’s blue light is turned on, a woman will appear with hypnotic blue eyes. If you smell cherry tobacco, she’s already come and gone.

223,000. That’s how many lives will likely be saved because Congress raised the nationwide age to buy tobacco products this week. The National Academy of Medicine studied the matter in 2015 and reached that conclusion, estimating that one simple change — changing the federal tobacco age limit from 18 to 21 — would afford an additional 4.2 million years of life to those born in the first two decades of this century.

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