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For fun or for love, Brownies take their annual plunge

Some of the 500 participants emerged triumphant yesterday from the 40-degree water at the L Street Brownies' New Year's Day swim, a South Boston tradition for more than a century. Some of the 500 participants emerged triumphant yesterday from the 40-degree water at the L Street Brownies' New Year's Day swim, a South Boston tradition for more than a century. (JOANNE RATHE/GLOBE STAFF)
January 2, 2007

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By the time a thumping bass drum signaled that it was time to go outside, the 500 swimsuited people crammed inside South Boston's L Street Bathhouse yesterday were so pumped up that they were fidgeting and jumping in place. With a "hooah" that would make a Marine proud, they surged out the door and into the frigid, rainy morning to ... (Full article: 347 words)

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