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Good News Friday: Dogs and babies, an unbeatable combination. An NYC cop shows great compassion. And overcoming loss by adopting orphans

Man I love “The Big Bang Theory.” Another stellar episode Thursday night, highlighted by our first-ever Amy and Bernadette verbal catfight. Best line, by Bernadette: “I’m sensing some hostility. Maybe because, like Sheldon’s work, your sex life is also theoretical?”
OK, on with the show.

Rarely has a news story based off a photo gone so viral, so fast. But you have probably already heard about the New York City police officer and his act of extreme kindness, that hit the Web the other day.

Here’s what happened: NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo was walking on patrol Nov. 14, a very cold night, when he came across a homeless man begging for change, without any shoes or socks on.

DePrimo spoke to the man, and then walked into a nearby Skechers shoe store and purchased shoes and socks for the gentleman (and good for the Skechers store manager for giving DePrimo the employee discount). DePrimo then walked outside and put the footwear on the man.

This all would’ve gone unnoticed if tourist Jennifer Foster hadn’t snapped the above photo, and then put it on the NYPD’s Facebook page Tuesday night.

DePrimo, in interviews Thursday, seems stunned by the attention, and also seems like a really good guy; he repeatedly praised his parents and grandparents for raising him right, and giving him the kind of values that led to him exhibiting this great act of kindness.
You just wish it wasn’t so remarkable, that there weren’t hundreds, no, thousands of homeless people all over the city who also need a little help. And some clean shoes and socks to wear.

Great job, Office DePrimo.

**This is very simple: Dogs and babies, naturally cute and best friends. Guaranteed to make you smile (unless you hate dogs and babies, and if so, please leave this blog immediately and don’t come back.)
**Finally, a heartwarming story from my friend Jon Wertheim at Sports Illustrated, about NFL player Scott Wells, and he and his wife overcoming personal tragedy and adopting three orphans from Uganda.
Always a good reminder to be grateful for what you have.

Remembering Neil Armstrong, a man who made the impossible, possible. The worst job to have in the NYPD. And the GOP convention sure to entertain

So I’m running through the streets of Manhattan Friday and I see a police officer doing what has to be the worst job in all of the NYPD.
No, it’s not helping with sanitation cleanup, it’s not working the most dangerous areas of Brooklyn or the Bronx, and it’s not standing at Penn Station answering questions from tourists.

No, what I saw was an officer sitting in a tiny 3×3 booth on the sidewalk, bored out of his mind.

Let me set the scene for you non-New Yorkers: All across Manhattan, there are these booths, see. And they say “NYPD” on them, and they’re literally only big enough to hold one person. From what I can tell, there’s no window that opens, there’s no ventilation, and there’s nothing to do in there.

No TV, no radio, nothing (I actually studied one for a few minutes the other day. Hope the officer in side didn’t think I was weird).
And you’re just sitting there, minute after minute, hour after hour, in this tiny booth, where anyone could (theoretically) attack you, and all you can do is sit there and not think about how incredibly claustrophobic you’re feeling.

You couldn’t pay me enough money to be a NYC cop, for other reasons. But to have to sit in one of those deathtrap booths? Man, just torture.

**As I’m sure you heard on Saturday, we lost a man who had the greatest “between the commas” obituary ever, Neil Armstrong.
What I mean by that is after every person dies, in their obit, the thing they’re most famous for is “between the commas” after their name, and before “died at ???.”
“Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin,” died at. ?”  “Ty Cobb, baseball’s all-time leader in hits, died at … ??” You get the idea.

Anyway, when Armstrong died Saturday, every obit began with “Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever set foot on the moon …” and well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Of all the Armstrong tributes, and there were many, my favorite memory of him will always be the above headline, that I wrote about in one of my very first blog posts a few years ago. It’s from his hometown paper, the Wapakoneta (Ohio) Daily News, from July 21, 1969.

Not “man steps on moon,” just “Neil steps foot on the moon.” Just some kid from the neighborhood who did something nice.

What an fascinating life he led, basically disappearing from the spotlight after one of the most monumental feats in human history. Proof that not everyone needs the spotlight that great achievement can bestow.

**Finally, I might be the only one in America disappointed that the GOP convention in Tampa has been shortened by a day, due to Hurricane Isaac. See, I’m a masochist; I enjoy listening to wildly out-of-touch, extreme wingnuts tell me why America is going to Hades because we elected some half-white, half-African-American guy four years ago, and unless we force women to all have babies even if they were raped, we’re going nowhere as a country.

Sigh. At least we’ll still have 3 days of Mitt and his zany army of white men telling us all how to live. I can’t wait.

The NYPD is spying on liberal activist groups; that’s just wrong. A 3rd grader hits a half-court shot; NBAer does him one better. And a fed-up Cleveland Browns fans vents, hilariously.

This story disturbed me quite a bit. The New York Police Department, according to this Associated Press story, has infiltrated several politically activist groups on the liberal side in recent months, and have started intelligence files on activists who have planned rallies and protests across the country.

It’s apparently been going on since 2008, with undercover officers attending meetings, and keeping intelligence reports on those who oppose U.S. immigration policy, labor laws, and racial profiling.

Pretty distasteful, and quite likely illegal and unconstitutional stuff going on here. The NYPD is currently battling a lawsuit stemming from its treatment of Republican activists before the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC.

Read the slightly frightening details here.

**Here’s something you don’t see every day: A third-grader, during a full-court basketball game the other day, sank this phenomenal half-court shot.

Is it too late to sign the kid up for the New Jersey Nets? Because they could use all the help they could get.

While the kid’s shot was cool, Houston Rockets forward Marcus Camby made this full-court shot which was about as impressive.

**Finally today, as much as I bitch and moan about being a Jets fan, I know it could be worse. I could root for the Cleveland Browns. The poor Browns fans have seen their team get taken away from them and moved to Baltimore (and win a Super Bowl there), then they got a new squad and it’s been mostly awful for more than a decade. Now that the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals have gotten decent, the Browns fans may be the most long-suffering in the NFL.

So a season-ticket holder named Mike Polk Jr. decided to get a little creative when he received a letter asking for his initial deposit for the 2012 season. I thought it was hilarious. Man, this had to feel good.