The Morning Dispatch: Hong Kong Loses an Important Voice for Democracy

Happy Thursday! The Dispatch’s softball team won again last night. We cannot be stopped.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 8-1 in favor of the First Amendment rights of a high school cheerleader from Pennsylvania. The decision restricts the ability of schools to punish students for speech outside of school and school activities, but did not establish an absolute prohibition against regulation.

  • The Supreme Court also ruled Wednesday, in a 6-3 decision, that a California law allowing union organizers to enter the property of agricultural businesses to drum up support for a union is unconstitutional. “Unlike a law enforcement search, no traditional background principle of property law requires the growers to admit union organizers onto their premises,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. “And unlike standard health and safety inspections, the access regulation is not germane to any benefit provided to agricultural employers or any risk posed to the public.”

  • The pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily announced on Wednesday that it is closing under intense pressure from the Chinese government, which has frozen its financial accounts and arrested several editors. Reporters for Apple Daily told the New York Times they were planning a final “obituary issue” to be published Thursday.

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