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Parents Sue Their 30-year-old Son After He Refuses to Move Out (Video)

A couple from Camillus, New York, took drastic measures to get their 30-year-old son to move out on his own – but he wouldn’t be leaving the coop without making things difficult.

Mark and Christina Rotondo have tried for months to get their adult son, Michael, to leave their home, where he has lived rent-free for eight years after he moved back in when he lost his job, according to the ABC 7.

Over the course of two months from February to March, the couple gave Michael five written letters requesting him to leave, all of which he ignored.

“After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately,” Mark Rotondo wrote to his son in a notice filed with the Onondaga County court, according to CBS. “You have 14 days to vacate. You will not be allowed to return. We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this decision.”

To show how serious they were, the parents sent Michael another letter warning him they would take legal action if he didn’t leave of his own will.

“Michael Joseph Rotondo, You are hereby evicted from 408 Weatheridge Drive, Camillus, New York effective immediately,” the letter reads. “You have heretofore been our guest and there is no lease or agreement that gives you any right to stay here without our consent… A legal enforcement procedure will be instituted immediately if you do not leave by 15 March 2018.”

To further entice Michael, the couple offered him $1,100 to help him live on his own and gave him advice on how to land a job.

“There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you. Get one – you have to work!” they wrote in a letter from February 18, reports

Still, Michael – who Mark and Christina said never did chores around the house since moving back in – continued to brush each warning aside.

Because of New York state law protecting family members, the couple couldn’t simply evict their son. So Mark and Christina followed up on their word and went through with an ejectment proceeding to rid their home of Michael.

The 30-year-old tried to get the case thrown out on the grounds that his parents had not given him the legally required six months to leave. Serving as his own lawyer, Michael defended himself by saying he was never expected to help out around the house or contribute to expenses.

Leading up to Tuesday’s hearing, Michael told the New York Post that the suit has made living with his parents less than ideal.

“It is awkward,” he said.

If Mark and Christina’s situation sounds familiar, it’s likely because it is similar to the premise of the 2006 Matthew McConaughey comedy, Failure to Launch, which follows a couple’s plan to get their 35-year-old son to move out of their home – though, instead of a judge, these parents took up the services of Sarah Jessica Parker.

During a hearing in the Onondaga County Supreme Court on Tuesday, State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood ruled that Michael will indeed have to leave his parents home, once and for all. Michael called the ruling “outrageous.”

While speaking with reporters outside of the courtroom, Michael said he felt he should be given another 30 days to find a place to live.

“It seems to me like I should be provided with, you know, 30 days or so, because generally, you get 30 days after you’re found, you know, to have to vacate the premises,” Rotundo told reporters while flipping back his long brown hair and wrapping it with a band. “So I’m expecting something like that. But realistically, if that’s not the case, I don’t know.”

While no deadline for his eviction was given in court, Michael said he plans to file an appeal, CNY Central reported.

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Harry and Meghan’s Photographer Revealed the Real Reason Prince George Was Grinning in That Royal Wedding Portrait

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their official royal wedding photos on Monday on Instagram, delighting fans and followers with three different snapshots from their big day.

The first showcased the entire senior royal family looking regal as ever, and the third featured just Harry and Meghan sitting on some steps looking very much in love.

Related: The Royal Wedding Photo ‘Mistake’ Everyone’s Talking About Is Actually Not a Mistake at All

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs from their Wedding day. This photograph was taken by photographer @alexilubomirski in The Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession #RoyalWedding

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But, the second photo in the series, shot by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, is what really stole the show.

That photo depicts the couple surrounded by their wedding party, including some seriously adorable page boys and bridesmaids. The photo is warm, inviting, and clearly filled with joy. But just how did he get Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and the rest of the crew to beam with that much happiness? With candy, of course.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs from their Wedding day. This photo of The Duke and Duchess with the Bridesmaids and Page Boys was taken by photographer @alexilubomirski in The Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle #RoyalWedding

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“[The children] were being bribed with one Smartie here, one Smartie there,” Lubomirski told Reuters in a new behind-the-scenes interview. “So as soon as the kids came on to the set, I immediately just shouted out, ‘Who likes Smarties?’ and then everybody, hands up, smiles; even some adults put their hands up, so that was our magic word of the day.”

Of the entire shoot, Lubomirski said: “The atmosphere in the room was obviously very joyful; there were a lot of smiles. It was like a family room after the wedding. Some parents were trying to wrangle their children, other uncles and aunts were talking to their nephews and nieces. It was a family.”

Lubomirski, who happens to be a polish prince himself, is obviously talented at capturing perfect moments. Not only did he shoot the couple’s engagement photos, but he also captured that last stunning shot of the new royal pair on the steps as his very last shot of the day.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding

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“It was just one of those magical moments,” he said. “She just slumped in between his legs. “And there was this moment where they were laughing, because they were joking about how they were exhausted and finally it was over.” He added, “It wasn’t until I actually got back to the hotel that I looked at it, and it was just like, amazing. So, one very happy moment.”

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Instagram Is Finally Introducing a Mute Feature to Save Your Friendships

The Instagram feature we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: a mute button.

Thanks to a feature that will be rolling out over the coming weeks, Instagram users will soon be able to mute someone’s posts without actually unfollowing their account. Although the app had previously made it possible to mute someone’s stories, this new tweak will now allow you to completely remove someone’s photos and videos from your feed — a.k.a. a real game-changer.

Once the feature is available to you, all you’ll need to do is tap the three dots at the top of a post—or on someone’s profile—hit mute, and you’ll be given the option to mute just their posts, just their stories or both.

After that, you’ll no longer have to look at their content, but you’ll still be able to get DMs from them, see their photos if you go to their page and get notifications if they tag you in something.

See some joyous reactions to the update below.

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Man Signed Up for His First Half Marathon — and Accidentally Ran the Full

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It’s clear that Mike Kohler underestimated his own running ability. He signed up for to run his first-ever half-marathon on Saturday, May 19, but accidentally ended up running the whole thing.

The West Fargo, ND., plumber had taken part in the Sanford Fargo Marathon’s 10K race last year and the 5K the year before that. This year he was planning on taking the next step and running the half marathon, according to the Grand Forks Herald. He woke up early, headed to the Fargodome, and when the announcers said go, he went.

The only problem was that Kohler had misread the start time for the half-marathon and ended up taking off with the runners competing in the full marathon. Following the pack, he ran the course heading north, instead of the southern route the half-marathoners were meant to follow. He started to get suspicious when noticing signs for full marathon runners, but brushed it off thinking the two courses must intersect later along the route. He just kept running —and running and running.

When he finally realized his error, he decided to just keep going. “I’m just going to go for it, because why not? I’m already here, I’m already running, I’m already tired. Might as well try to finish it,” Kohler told the Grand Forks Herald. He finished the 26.2 mile race in just under six hours. ”This just kind of proves you can do a lot more than what you think you can sometimes,” Kohler said about his unplanned accomplishment.

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These Will Be the Busiest Days at the Airport This Summer (Video)

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Get to the airport early this summer.

About 9 million more passengers are expected to fly this summer than last, according to a report from Airlines for America, released Wednesday. From June 1 to August 31, the airline advocacy group estimates that 246.1 million passengers will take flight, or 2.68 million per day. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) estimates a 4 percent increase in air travel this summer.

Despite all the added crowds, it may be possible to travel calmly — if you know which days to avoid.

Last year, 22 out of 25 of the busiest travel days in the U.S. fell between June and August. The hubbub starts this weekend. During Memorial Day weekend alone, an estimated 3.1 million Americans will flood airports around the country, according to a forecast from AAA. Passengers traveling through New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports, Philadelphia airport, and Washington-Dulles airport can expect Memorial Day weekend delays of up to one hour.

Travelers who wish to avoid crowds should avoid booking flights on Thursdays and Fridays when airports are at their most crowded, John Heimlich, chief economist at Airlines for America, told Dallas News.

Historically, the three Thursdays following the Fourth of July (this year that’s July 5, 12 and 19) are among the most crowded days at the airport all year.

There is a chance that the increased passenger traffic won’t be as awful as it sounds. In response to increased numbers at the airport this summer, TSA has hired 1,000 more security agents and added about 50 more dog teams to speed up security.

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Binge Alert: Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Is Leaving Netflix in June

You have an excuse to take it easy this Memorial Day weekend: It could be your last chance to binge watch “Parts Unknown.”

Seasons one through eight of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show “Parts Unknown” will leave Netflix on June 16, 2018.

The first eight seasons contain some of the most memorable moments of the entire series, winning multiple Emmy and Peabody awards. So, while other people may be outside fighting crowds this holiday weekend, you can stay inside and relive some of Bourdain’s greatest hits.

Start at season one (released in 2013) when the show was still brand new. During that season, Bourdain explored the intriguing Interzone of Tangier and paid homage to Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” by taking a boat ride through the Congo.

Those who watch Bourdain for the food porn can watch his season two trip to Copenhagen when he dined at Noma, considered to be the best restaurant in the world, his tour of Lyon with chef Daniel Boulud or his tormentous parade through Sichuan with chef and friend Eric Ripert.

Those who enjoy Bourdain’s more politically-charged shows should tune directly to the episodes filmed in Iran, Russia, Beirut, post-Brexit London or Jerusalem.

Throughout the series, Bourdain has hung out with some interesting characters. Highlights include watching baseball in Charleston with Bill Murray, eating healthy with Iggy Pop in Miami and getting a tattoo at a house party in Nashville with Jack White.

And end your Bourdain binge with season eight and, perhaps, one of the best moments of the entire series: sitting down for a meal with then-president Barack Obama in Hanoi.

All seasons, including current season 11, are available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes (from $2.99 per episode). Fans can also watch free clips from all seasons on the show’s website.

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The Reason Safaris Cost So Much Might Surprise You

For many people, a safari is the trip of a lifetime. The experience certainly doesn’t come cheap, but travelers should understand that the price often stems from more than luxurious accommodations, all-inclusive dining, and wildlife drives. Many operators use a portion of the fee to fund essential animal and nature conservation projects. “Contributing to the preservation of these natural wonders helps guarantee that they will be sustained,” says Bruce A. Stein, chief scientist of the National Wildlife Federation. “And paying for a quality tour experience, which engages with and benefits local communities, helps to ensure that these places will continue to be available for other travelers to experience.”

Africa-based operators have led the way in developing forward-thinking initiatives. Luxury safari group andBeyond, which runs 29 lodges on the continent, partners with Africa Foundation to work with the leaders of villages around its properties. The company also supports land and marine life by relocating rhinos and other endangered species to habitats with a low risk of poaching and, most recently, secured three island properties where they can support monitoring and research efforts. “Working with community leaders helps us give wildlife systems a fighting chance while providing the communities with immediate direct benefits,” says andBeyond’s chief executive officer Joss Kent. Meanwhile, Time & Tide, a safari and conservation outfitter in Madagascar and Zambia, has launched a lemur translocation project, while the Bushcamp Company in Zambia is paying for scouts to conduct anti-poaching patrols.

Many hotels and tour companies offering wildlife-focused experiences elsewhere in the world are also giving back to their regions. The Mexican eco-resort Mayakoba employs a team of on-site biologists to monitor its impact on the bird and wildlife species in the area. In the Bahamas, Baha Mar introduced B.E.A.C.H. Sanctuary, comprising a just-opened aviary, with marine and flamingo habitats debuting soon. Peru’s Delfin Amazon Cruises takes guests to visit a local manatee rehabilitation center. In Australia, Lizard Island Resort maintains an internationally recognized research station that studies the Great Barrier Reef.

No matter where you want to go for your next trip, you have a growing number of resources at your disposal to help you make more conscientious choices at every stage of your journey.

The Center for Responsible Travel provides a detailed checklist of guidelines to follow before, during, and after a trip. Another easy way to make your travel more eco-friendly: donate funds to offset the carbon dioxide you’re responsible for releasing during transit. Environmental nonprofit Carbon Fund offers a tool that does the math for you based on your methods of transportation.

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How to Use Instagram Travel Hashtags to Get More Followers

If you, like so many other modern travelers, spend ample vacation time taking photos and posting them on Instagram, it’s likely you want your friends and followers to appreciate that effort. You may not be an Instagram travel influencer (yet), but that doesn’t mean you can’t use their hashtag strategy to grow your following and get your photos out there.

Related: The 39 Best Travel and Vacation Captions for Instagram

Finding the right hashtags to add to your travel Instagram posts can help bolster your views, get more people commenting on your content, and help people discover that you’re totally worth following. But, more than that, hashtags can also help you find a community of fellow Instagrammers who travel like you do. Be it #SoloTravelers, #FamilyTravels, or total #TravelCoupleGoals, searching for content that will inspire you has never been easier.

Related: How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World, According to People Who Have Done It

Here are a few travel hashtags to help you get started.

Travel Hashtags to Use in Every Instagram Post:

After coming to this spot every day on our trip we finally got a morning with fog drifting through the valley ? . . . . . . #photooftheday #nature #stayandwander #instagood #liveauthentic #awakethesoul #welivetoexplore #aov #exploretocreate #canon #liveoutdoors #awesome_earthpix #vscocam #exklusive_shot #artofvisuals #igmasters #peoplescreatives #bestvacations #visualsoflife #beautifuldestinations #thegreatoutdoors #pnwonderland #roamtheplanet #modernoutdoors #ourplanetdaily #livefolk #canon_photos @roamtheplanet @instagood @earth @wilderness_culture @artofvisuals @ourplanetdaily

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Here’s a key tip: Don’t go for the obvious, over-used hashtags like #Travel, #Adventure, #Explore — their audience has gotten too big to compete with. #Travel, for example, has more than 286 million mentions, meaning it will be nearly impossible for your content to be discovered. Instead, try variants on these hashtag classics to increase your chances of being spotted.

Tags to try: #Traveling #Travelers #Traveler #Exploring #Explorer #Wanderer #Wanderlust #TravelBug

Instagram Hashtags for Solo Travelers:

Amazing! #travelwriter #travel #instatravel #travelgram #tourism #instago #passportready #mytravelgram #visiting #travels #travelphotography #tagsta_travel#beauty #amazing #arountheworld #tourist#solotravel #instago #ig_worldclub #worldcaptures #tourism #worldplaces #worldingram #traveller #traveler #hotel #luxuryhotel

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Like the above, solo travelers should try to avoid generic travel hashtags like #SoloTravel. Instead, find your niche audience and attract followers there.

Tags to try: #SoloTravels, #SoloTravelGirl, #SoloTravelDiaries, #SoloTravelStories

Instagram Hashtags for Female Travelers:

The whitest sands at the White Sands National Monuments in New Mexico ? ?: @dani_the_explorer #travelblogger #traveltheworld #travelingpost #girlswhotravel #sheisnotlost #wanderlusttribe #wanderlustlife #amazing_shotz #amazingtrip #travelporn #travelasia #traveller #amazing_click #travelwriter #travelphotos #travellover #londontravel #travelinspiration #travelgoals #travel_captures #travelstagram #gorgeousgirl #travelogue #newmexico #amazingdestinations #travelersnotebook #girlstraveltale #magical_shots #whitesandsnationalmonument

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Ladies, here’s where you can win big. There are a ton of Instagram accounts popping up dedicated to female travelers, and they are all constantly looking for content to feature. These hashtags can go broad or get extremely specific.

Tags to try: #DameTraveler, #TravelingLadies, #TheTravelWomen, #WomenWhoExplore, #WomenWhoHike, #WomenWhoTravel

Instagram Hashtags for Family Travelers:

? by @rachellecurry in #turcsandcaicos. A beach at low tide is its own adventure. Do you have a favorite beach to explore with little ones? . Post your family travel photos with #wetravelwt to be featured. #repost . . . . . . . . . #familytravels #familytraveltribe #familywanderlust #goadventuretogether #havekidswilltravel #jetsetfamily #lifeofadventure #passionpassport #showthemtheworld #takeyourkidseverywhere #travelingfamily #travelingwithkids #travelislife #travelisthenewclub #travelkids #travelwithkids #wanderlust #letthekids #diversitymatters #raiseawildchild #parentswhowander #kidslovetravel #childhoodunplugged #familytravel #littlenomad #beachkids

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Traveling with your entire family is absolutely worth an Instagram shoutout. After you’ve finished tagging every member of your vacationing family it’s time to add a few hashtags.

Tags to try: #FamilyTravels, #TravelingWithKids, #FamilyTravelTribe, #FamilyTravelMoment

Instagram Hashtags for Your Location:

How to Join the global club of folks who have a photo with The Venice Sign-Wait at the traffic light until the walk signal appears,then run out in front of the sign and strike a pose! 😉 You will have about 30 seconds.. post a picture in social! That's it! You are in the club!)))?? . . #usatravel#girlwhotravel#bluesky#carmel#lagunaseca#albinaphotography#blondesandcookies#travelhard#bluewater#blogger#travelblogger#travelismylife#travelbloggerlife#travellove#lovetravel#californiasunset#beverlyhills#californialiving#santamonicasunset#venicebeach#hollywood#hollywoodsign#hollywoodhike#togetheronthetop#venicesign#bucketlist#losangeles#aroundtheworldpix

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This one is major. Not only will hashtagging your location help you get discovered, but it will also help you inform your followers about where you’re traveling. This way, they can get inspired to travel too.

Tags to try: Be specific, like #LosAngeles, #California or #London, #England; or try a few variants like #ItalyStyle, #Germany_Insta

Instagram Hashtags That Will Get You Featured on Big Travel Accounts:

London is blooming ?#tlpicks courtesy of @elensham

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Want to get featured on a bigger account? Make sure to use their hashtag. For example, Travel + Leisure followers add #TLPicks to their photos so we can see them and maybe give them a repost.

How to Hide Instagram Hashtags:

I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat…. (Jk these are tiny black tip reef sharks… super curious but not interested in eating you!) . Photo cred- @silasdunham . . . . . . . . . #travel #iamatraveler #openmyworld #letsgosomewhere #travelstoke #wonderful_places #welltravelled #keepitwild #adventures #adventuregram #exploremore #explorewildly #goplayoutside #dametraveler #travelinladies #travelcaptures #travelwomen #travelwithme #borabora #tahiti

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If you’re adding a bunch of hashtags to your post, you may think about hiding them further down your caption. This way, you can attract more followers without overwhelming people reading your post.

To hide your hashtags you can choose to add them as a comment to the post, or you can add line breaks to push your hashtags way down your caption.

Here’s how to do that: Use your iPhone’s notes app. Save all your hashtags in one paragraph. I use Notes on iOS. Put five or so periods down the list, each with a new line break. Then, add all your hashtags at the bottom of those periods. Now, you can copy and paste them whenever you need them.

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Prince Harry’s New Private Secretary Is Giving Meghan Markle Duchess Lessons

The Princess Diaries is coming to life for Meghan Markle!

As she begins life as the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan will have a highly-regarded new aide at her side. Samantha Cohen, 49, is set to become Prince Harry’s private secretary when the current head of the couple’s household leaves this summer.

But Cohen, who until April was Queen Elizabeth‘s assistant private secretary, has already been advising Meghan, 36, behind the scenes. Cohen has been helping the new duchess with protocol and navigating how to address people and manage her new position in the royal world, an insider tells PEOPLE.

Although Meghan comes across as someone on top of her new surroundings, the intricacies of royal life would be baffling at best and sometimes restrictive to a woman who has made her way in the outside world, including in the tough world of Hollywood.

Cohen is believed to have tendered her resignation as assistant private secretary to the Queen, 92, after the monarch’s top staffer, Lord Geidt, left late last year. But she was persuaded to stay on and see through the organization of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting of April.

Soon after, it emerged that Ed Lane Fox was leaving Harry’s household after about five years – and Cohen was chosen as his successor as an “interim” private secretary.

Meghan previously said she wants to “hit the ground running” with her royal duties and she has surprised royal watchers with the number of outings and engagements – both in public and in private – she and Harry have done in the months leading up to the royal wedding.

While Meghan also has new palace aide Amy Pickerill helping run her office and her official duties, Cohen has been a strategic and wise voice in the background. “She is a brilliant choice and has been helping Meghan adjust to the new surroundings,” says an insider. Some believe that she might stay longer than the “interim,” as outlined by Kensington Palace when they made the announcement of Lane Fox’s departure on April 27.

She will be in place by the time the couple heads to Australia, and likely some surrounding countries in the region like New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney in October.

It is interesting that Cohen – who was the Queen’s press secretary before rising to the private secretaries’ office — is Australian and the Commonwealth is an area that the Queen clearly sees Harry and his wife taking a lead in. Harry was made Commonwealth Youth Ambassador as CHOGM kicked off, and Meghan joined him at two events that week – including one on female empowerment.

The Commonwealth is an important area of the Queen’s life and the legacy (and she would have been delighted that each of the 53 countries were represented on Meghan’s wedding veil.) The Queen’s recent participation in the ground-breaking conversation with veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough promoted her Commonwealth Canopy of protected forests around the world. The unveiling of that documentary, which was watched by media and friends at Buckingham Palace, was helmed by Cohen.

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