Unlike: Facebook’s new Home app appears to be giving users the wrong kind of poke. The LA Times says “Facebook takes over the phone at the expense of every other app on it” and makes other apps “hard to find.” In the month or so the app has been available, one million people have downloaded the software, but the 16,000 people who’ve rated it on Google Play give it only 2 stars and it currently is not in the top 300 apps downloaded in the U.S. Meanwhile, the HTC First, the first phone to come preloaded with the software has flopped as dramatically as a failed Triple Lindy. I’ve not used Home, but it seems to be a “re-skinned” version of Android, much like Amazon’s Kindle, only a lot more “pushy.”
The Don King of child transport: A Florida school bus driver who acts more like a boxing promoter is charged with child abuse after taking a 20-mile detour to host a catfight at her home. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said 29-year-old Patrice Sanders decided two girls, ages 13 and 16, “just need to fight” and drove the busload of kids to her home in Lakeland, ordered everyone off the bus, and offered Vaseline to the girls to deter scratches. After the fight, Sanders ordered all the kids back on the bus and resumed her route, but the girls got into another scrap. “What happens on the bus stays on the bus,” Sanders told her riders. The combatants were not seriously injured.
IRS continues to make friends: The IRS may have had a grudge against nonprofits trying to make “America a better place to live,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper reports a high-ranking IRS official knew as early as mid-2011 that conservative groups — many of which stated they wanted to lower U.S. debt and spending — were being unfairly question about their tax-exempt status. A year later, the IRS commissioner at the time told Congress such a thing wasn’t happening, according to the WSJ. The IRS says scrutiny of “Tea Party” and similar groups began in 2010 because of decisions made by low-level workers. The IRS, an “agency under siege with no friends,” is expected to release a complete audit later this week. I bet you hear at least one politician talking about it.
Keep this guy cooped up: A Chicago-area man, who may have for many uncounted years been tormented by the NBC logo, was too fond of his peacock, police say. The body of the violated bird, named “Phyll,” was found in the garage of David Beckmann, 64, of Roselle. He was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. The animal abuse was discovered after Beckmann was jailed for attempted indecent solicitation of a child.
Juice not yet loose: O.J. Simpson may get a new day in court. The former football star, once known as the only pro player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a 14-game season, is currently serving up to 33 years for kidnapping and armed robbery convictions. His new attorney alleges his former attorney told Simpson it would be OK to retrieve what he thought were personal items from a Las Vegas hotel room. After the crime, the attorney allegedly told Simpson, now 65, he would serve a light sentence if he pleaded guilty. “He consistently told me the state could not prove its case because I acted within my rights in retaking my own property,” Simpson said in a sworn statement outlining what he plans to say in court this week.
Doppleganger: Rapper Jay-Z may have had a “Hard Knock Life” ancestor according to a photo making the rounds on the Interwebs. A 1939 photo titled “Harlem Loiterers” features a man that looks strikingly similar to Beyoncé’s husband, who, may be immortal or perhaps a time traveler.