Seven things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning

Brands pay tribute to Robin Williams; Apple discusses HealthKit with top hospitals; Jimmy John's sued for wage violations; Lyft accuses Uber of playing dirty.

Comedic genius and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday after an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old.

Aside from his various film, TV, and on-stage roles, Williams was a celebrity spokesman for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Here’s a look back at one of his ads for the nonprofit.

Sesame Street was one of the brands to pay tribute to Williams after his death was reported on Monday night.


Police clashed with protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night after an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer after a scuffle on Saturday. Police used tear gas and beanbags to stun members of the crowd after it got rowdy, with some protestors throwing rocks at officers in riot gear.

Apple has talked with medical providers at institutions such as Johns Hopkins and the Cleveland Clinic about its expected HealthKit service, which would centralize consumers’ medical information and make it easier for them to view.

Consumer Reports backtracked on top grades given to Tesla’s Model S sedan, now saying the electric car has "more than its share of problems." The nonprofit publication cited issues with the dashboard that appeared after driving 12,000 miles. It ranked the Model S as the best among all cars for sale last November.

Lyft said Monday that more than 175 employees of tech-driven car-service rival Uber ordered and then cancelled 5,000 Lyft rides since last October. The terminated ride orders cost Lyft both in terms of wasted time and gasoline and created backlogs among its drivers, it said.

Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s has been sued by two former employees who accused it of "systematic wage theft," saying low payroll budgets at locations forced them to work off the clock amid other wage and overtime violations.

Jelly Belly is moving production of its candy from its longtime home in Chicago to new digs in Fairfield, California. Seventy jobs will be eliminated in the process.

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