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The skinny: N.Y. Polar Bear club takes dip in frigid ocean

Cold for a good cause

N.Y. Polar Bear club takes dip in frigid ocean

Hundreds of brave bathers rang in 2014 with a plunge into the icy ocean off Coney Island, N.Y. Members of the Coney Island Polar Bear and Ice Breakers clubs and other hardy swimmers stripped down to their trunks or dressed in costumes on Wednesday for the annual New Year's Day splash. Some people hit the surf dressed only in bikinis or briefs. Temperatures outside were in the low 30s. People screamed at the shock of the cold water. Polar Bear club president Dennis Thomas, whose club has hosted the annual dip since 1903, said it was a perfect day for a swim. "It was a glorious beach day," he said. The Polar Bear club swim raises money for Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses. The club hosts swims weekly during the winter months. Just east of Coney Island at Brighton Beach, the Ice Breakers plunged into the Atlantic. The group has 14 members over the age of 70, including 90-year-old Michael Friedman.

Beaten over beer

Man attacked with ceramic squirrel

South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says in a report that deputies found a man covered with blood when they arrived at 44-year-old Helen Williams' North Charleston home last week. She told investigators the man fell and cut himself, but couldn't explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody. Deputies say the man said Williams was so angry when he returned without beer because stores were closed that she grabbed a ceramic squirrel, beat him in the head, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest. Williams was charged with criminal domestic violence.

Unexpected shopper

Deer tackled inside Pennsylvania store

Shoppers looking for holiday bargains got a surprise at a northeastern Pennsylvania sporting goods store after a deer decided to join them. WFMZ-TV says the deer walked through the front door of a Dick's Sporting Goods store in Reading last week. Store manager Brad Meyer says the deer slipped on the floor and a customer tackled it to the ground, preventing any injuries to customers or damage to the store. The store called the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which arrived and removed the deer.

Bingo to remember

Police: Drunk man goes streaking

Deharra Waters apparently is game for anything — even running half-naked through a bingo hall. Waters was arrested last Thursday evening for disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication after allegedly running through a bingo hall in Louisville, Ky., with his pants down. During the incident, eyewitnesses say the suspect yelled "Bingo!" UPI.com reported. Police say Waters' speech was slurred when they arrested him.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: N.Y. Polar Bear club takes dip in frigid ocean 01/02/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 2, 2014 9:01pm]

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