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Good News Friday: A restaurant in D.C. feeds the homeless and poor, every day. A beautiful Steve Hartman tribute to his Dad. And New York state passes a long-overdue law allowing abuse victims to sue their attackers

And a happy Friday, Wide World of Stuff-ers (Yeah I don’t think that’ll catch on.). Hope you are somewhere feeling loved after Valentine’s Day, or at least if you’re not feeling loved, you got some good chocolate into your body yesterday.

Lots of good news to choose from this week, but I want to start with this wonderful restaurant in Washington, D.C. called the Sakina Halal Grill. It’s owned by immigrants, and the Pakistani-themed eatery feeds homeless and poor people every day, all day, whenever a meal is requested.

Last year the restaurant gave away 16,000 free meals. SIXTEEN THOUSAND. That’s unbelievable. Watch the owner, Kazi Mannan, and his words: “I want people to not have fear in caring for others and loving others.”

A wonderful man, and a wonderful restaurant. Watch their story below.


**Next up today, a beautiful tribute by my man Steve Hartman of CBS News, to his father who recently passed away.

You might argue that someone’s death doesn’t deserve to be in a Good News column, but this tribute from a son to his father is so special, and certainly put a smile on my face.

Enjoy this three-minute video. Then, if they’re still with us, call your parents.

**Finally today, a very important law passed in New York this week, that probably got 1/10th the attention of our man-baby President’s latest Tweet. A law that has been blocked for the past decade by some GOP lawmakers in my state.

Let me tell you about the Child Victims Act; it significantly increases the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims to prosecute their abusers. The Child Victims act changes the age at which people can legally bring their abusers to justice from age 23 to age 55 in civil cases, and to age 28 in criminal cases.

Considering the research that shows 1 in 5 females and 1 in 20 males are victims of child sex abuse, and that the median age for disclosing such abuse is 48, this bill will help many victims seek the justice they deserve.

This is long, long overdue. The idea that children who have been treated so horribly had a statute of limitations on their legal rights is ridiculous, and unconscionable.

Finally, there will be the chance for so many who suffered to get some measure of justice, and peace.


Good News Friday: The annual Teddy Bear toss at a hockey game makes me smile. Wes Anderson with an awesome holiday commercial. And an incredible story of an 82-year-old widower and his 4-year-old “angel.”


And a Happy Friday and happy December to all of you out there in Internet-land. This post will be short and (hopefully) sweet since your humble blogger has a nasty head cold and a nose that may never become unstuffed. On the plus side, my current frog-croaky voice is probably a huge turn-on for the ladies of New York City!

First up today, one of my favorite sports holiday traditions that few people outside of Calgary know about is the Calgary Hitmen’s annual Teddy Bear Toss. The minor league hockey team (Named after local hero Bret “Hitman” Hart, I believe) holds an event every year where on a certain date, fans throw thousands of teddy bears onto the ice when the Hitmen score their first goal.

The teddy bears are then donated to sick and needy children through 60 local agencies, just in time for the holidays.

Seriously, how awesome is that visual of all the bears flying on the ice?

Love it, love it, love it.

**Next up today, this is one super-slick and awesome mini-movie that director Wes Anderson has shot for H&M Department store. It’s about four minutes and it ends with a wonderful little scene. Really, really great stuff here.

**And finally today, this story has made me cry all three times I’ve watched it. Grab some tissues, yourself. It’s from Steve Hartman of CBS News, whose work I cannot praise enough. It’s about an 82-year-old Georgia man named Dan Peterson, who fell into a deep depression when his beloved wife died, and a 4-year-old stranger named Nora, who just about saved Dan’s life.

So much good, and so much love, in the world. Sometimes it pops up in the supermarket, just like Nora did.