Surfers dressed as Santa Claus gather in Florida
COCOABEACH, Fla. — More than210 surfers dressed as Santa Claus,elves and snowmen were surﬁng theChristmas Eve waves off centralFlorida’s Atlantic coast.Florida Today reports that whenCocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstromtook in the view from the sandTuesday, he declared the fourth-annualgathering “the largest surﬁng Santaevent on the planet.”Organizer George Trosset says hemay move the holiday event to down-town Cocoa Beach next year to accom-modate growing crowds. He started thetradition in 2009 with a few familymembers after seeing a televisioncommercial featuring people surﬁng inSanta Claus attire.More friends joined them the fol-lowing year, and in 2012, nearly 160surfers participated. Trosset says theevent “has gone from being a littlefamily party to being a communityevent.”
Las Vegas cab driver finds $300K in back seat
LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas cab driverGerardo Gamboa thought someone lefta bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out tobe $300,000 in cold hard cash.Now, Gamboa is winning honors forhonesty after turning in the money hefound Monday. The money wasreturned to an unidentiﬁed poker play-er. Yellow Checker Star Transportationnamed Gamboa its driver of the yearand rewarded him with $1,000 and adinner for two at a restaurant.Amessage left Wednesday forGamboa at the cab company wasn’timmediately returned.Gamboa told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he had another passenger bythe time he began wondering whatkind of chocolates were in the brownpaper bag. He peeked inside at a trafﬁclight.“I told my passenger, ‘You are mywitness on this,”’the 13-year taxidriver told the Las Vegas Sun, “andthen I immediately called my dispatch-er.”Gamboa took the six bundles of $100 bills to the company’s mainoffice, where Las Vegas police andcasino ofﬁcials linked it to the pokerplayer.Gamboa said the man gave him a $5tip after a trip from the Cosmopolitanresort to the Palms Place tower, andGamboa then drove to the Bellagioresort, where a doorman helping a pas-senger into the car noticed the bag.It took several hours to verify theidentity of the owner and return thecash. He took Gamboa’s information,but didn’t immediately leave a reward.“If he doesn’t give me anything,that’s OK,” Gamboa told the Sun. “I’mnot waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing, and Iappreciate what the company did forme.”
Man charged with stealing cuffs in escape
COMMODORE, Pa. — AwesternPennsylvania man is jailed on chargeshe stole a pair of handcuffs he waswearing when he allegedly escapedfrom a state police cruiser.Troopers say 29-year-old DouglasLydic, of Commodore, was handcuffedbut not yet charged while theysearched a scene in his hometown fordrugs Sunday night. Police have yet to charge him in thatcase but say he climbed out a cruiserwindow while cuffed and wound up athis girlfriend’s home miles away.Court records don’t list an attorneyfor Lydic, who also faces a charge of escape at a preliminary hearing sched-uled for Jan. 2.He’s been in the Indiana County Jailsince he was re-arrested Monday morn-ing at his girlfriend’s home. She’sbeing held on charges of hindering hisapprehension by police.
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This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The British suffered a major defeat inthe Battle of Trenton during theRevolutionary War.
“Christmas has come and gone,and I — to speak selﬁshly — am glad of it.The season always gives methe blues in spite of myself,though I manage to get agood deal of pleasure from thinking of the multitudesof happy kids in various parts of the world.”
— Edwin Arlington Robinson,American poet (1869-1935)
Actor Caroll Spinney is 80.Rock musician LarsUlrich is 50.
Members of the Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) ice swimmers club take a dip in Lake Orankesee during their traditionalChristmas swimming event in Berlin,Germany.
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, former President George Washington was eulo-gized by Col. Henry Lee as “ﬁrst in war, ﬁrst in peace andﬁrst in the hearts of his countrymen.”
, 38 Santee Sioux Indians were hanged in Mankato,Minn., for their roles in an uprising that had claimed thelives of hundreds of white settlers. The Civil War Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, resulting in a Confederate victory, beganin Mississippi.
, Jack Johnson became the ﬁrst African-Americanboxer to win the world heavyweight championship as hedefeated Canadian Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.
Nissan Motor Co. was founded in Yokohama,Japan, as the Automobile Manufacturing Co.
, the German battleship Scharnhorst was sunk byBritish naval forces during the Battle of the North Cape off Norway; only 36 of its crew of more than 1,900 survived.
, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, theembattled U.S. 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne,Belgium, was relieved by units of the 4th Armored Division.
Kwanzaa was ﬁrst celebrated.In 1972, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S.Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo., at age 88.
, the demon-possession horror ﬁlm “The Exorcist”was released.
, 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey wasfound beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’shome in Boulder, Colo. (To date, the slaying remainsunsolved.)
, some 230,000 people, mostly in southern Asia,were killed by a tsunami triggered by the world’s most pow-erful earthquake in 40 years beneath the Indian Ocean.
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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
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Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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The Daily Derby race winners are Whirl Win,No.1,in ﬁrst place;Money Bags,No.11,in secondplace;and Gold Rush,No.1,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:44.47.
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