Daily Digest: Judge orders Jimmy John’s workers reinstated, Kony 2012 graffiti and Senser and Edwards on trial

Cali Owings


Here’s your Daily Digest for Monday, April 23:

A national labor board judge ordered Monday that Jimmy John's franchise owners Mike and Rob Mulligan reinstate six workers who were fired a little over a year ago, according to a release from the Jimmy John's Workers Union.

They were fired for distributing posters that claimed Jimmy John's customers were at risk of food-borne illness. The posters were a response to the union's unmet demands for paid sick days.

We reported today that Kony 2012 activists hit campus and the surrounding neighborhoods with posters Friday as part of the “Cover the Night” event.  But someone also hit the Walker Art Center’s sculpture garden with Kony graffiti late Friday night, defacing the beloved “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture, City Pages reports.

The event was part of an ongoing campaign by advocacy group Invisible Children to spread awareness about Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army based in central Africa.

President Barack Obama is set to appear on Tuesday night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

He’ll be a guest during a special taping of the show at the University of North Carolina.  Fallon’s 12:35 a.m. program captures a younger audience than other late night programs. The Dave Matthews Band will also perform.

It’s not Obama’s first late night television appearance — he’s stopped by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno several times, most recently in October.

Jury selection is scheluded to begin Monday in the trials of Amy Senser and John Edwards.

Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Vikings star Joe Senser, is on trial for criminal vehicular manslaughter. She’s accused of fatally striking Anousone Phanthavong as he put gas in his car and fleeing the scene.

According to the Star Tribune, Hennepin County prosecutors are expected to argue that Senser was under the influence of alcohol or some other controlled substance.

A federal district court judge is also expected to select a jury for Edwards’ trial Monday, the New York Times reports. Edwards is accused of knowingly accepting illegal campaign contributions of nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors.

He, and his defense team, will claim the money was “aid from friends trying to help him hide an affair” but the federal government will argue that it’s an illegal contribution because he used the money to “keep information from the public that would have surely torpedoed his presidential campaign.”

And now for your weekend box office news…

After four weeks with the Hunger Games on top , the romantic comedy “Think Like A Man” surprisingly overtook the number one spot at the box office this weekend, the LA Times reports. In second, “The Lucky One” a tear-jerker based off a Nicholas Sparks novel starring Zac Efron.