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Good News Friday: Duke’s loss to Syracuse bummed me out, but it raised $175,000 for a great cause. A homeless man finds a check for $10,000, and it changes so many lives. And the app that locks your kid’s phone until they text you back.

And a Happy Friday, peeps! Hope you’re having a kick-ass day wherever you are; here in the Northeast we’re expecting a big ole’ snowstorm on Saturday night, so if nothing else, I’ll get to try out the new snow shovel I bought when we moved to suburbia a few months ago.

Want to start off Good News Friday talking about a Duke basketball game, but it’s not good news in the way I normally talk about my beloved Blue Devils.

Because this good news story comes not from me being excited about a Duke win, but what happened because of a fairly stunning Duke loss on Monday (hey, Duke was playing without two of its starters, it happens.)

A huge Syracuse fan and booster named Adam Weitsman made a promise on social media that if the Orange scored the upset Monday, he’d donate $150,000 to the Boys & Girls Club.

Well, the ‘Cuse got it done, winning 95-91, and Weitsman has agreed to pay up. This ESPN story says “Weitsman said he called officials with the Boys & Girl Club on Tuesday and made arrangements to deliver $50,000 apiece to three Boys & Girls Clubs in Owego, Binghamton and Syracuse. His buddies reminded him he’d forgotten to mention another club in Endicott, so he added another $25,000 donation for a grand total of $175,000 to charity after his favorite team’s upset of the Blue Devils.”

This guy Weitsman has quite a backstory: He’s a convicted felon who spent nearly a year in prison in 2004 for bank fraud. Since then, he has made a fortune as the owner of Upstate Shredding, a $1 billion scrap metal and recycling company. He reportedly owns a $30 million mansion on Skaneateles Lake in New York.

Good on him for making such a big donation; Boys & Girls Clubs do so much for so many kids who need a place to hang out, get a mentor, and learn about life.

**Next up today, this is a pretty remarkable story from Steve Hartman and CBS News. A homeless man named Elmer Alvarez found a $10,000 check on the street in New Haven, Conn., last year, and immediately, instead of trying to cash it, tried to track down the woman it belonged to.

Her name is Roberta Hoskie, a successful real estate broker in the state, and what she and Alvarez have done since their meeting is quite wonderful.

So much fate and luck involved in turning around someone’s life sometimes. So many people who you look down on for being homeless or poor, just need a chance. A chance like Elmer Alvarez was given.

**Finally today, my stepsister Lori pointed this out to me, and maybe it’s because she has a couple of teenagers it appealed to her. But I think this is an awesome idea even if your kids are young.

A father has made an app that locks children’s phones until they write back to their parent. Seriously, this is a thing.

The app, called ReplyASAP, makes text messages “unmissable between people that matter, since important messages shouldn’t be missed,” says its creator.

Nick Herbert created the app, which can freeze your child’s phone and even sound an alarm in silent mode. It essentially forces teenagers to stop what they are doing and reply to their worried parents.

Brilliant. Now no more Fortnite until you tell Mom when you’re coming home for dinner and who you’re with!