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Bitter cold drives homeless to shelters

The temperature hovered in the high teens outside the Pine Street Inn as dozens of men clustered for warmth in the spartan lobby. Some played cards Thursday, others fingered dominoes, but most of the homeless simply sat quietly at long tables, staring down at their hands or looking blankly into space.

Nearby, 15 men lay on the floor near a heating vent, many in a fetal position. Fold-up beds, reserved for the elderly and disabled, had been stacked to the side, close to floor-cushioning mats that would be used as bedding during another night of overflow demand.

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