Hong Kong is facing its biggest political unrest in decades as tens of thousands of protesters defy a police crackdown to demand greater freedom from China. The new round of protests began last week when thousands of college students launched a boycott to oppose China’s rejection of free elections in 2017.
More than 4,500 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles every year in the U.S. This is not inevitable fact of modern life. These deaths are preventable. A few practical steps could slow speeds, deter distracted driving and help make walking a safer, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.
China has remarkably effective tools for ensuring that potentially destabilizing events can be simply kept off computer screens and televisions. Very little detailed news of the disturbance in Hong Kong will be making it onto the nightly news bulletins or even into public consciousness on the mainland.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that early voting in Ohio can be curtailed, ignoring arguments that access to early voting improves turnout and gives wider poll access, particularly to working, low-income, and elderly people. The decision came just hours before early voting was set to begin in the state.
California’s latest attempt to combat sexual assault on campus is a new law that sets the bar for sexual consent, commonly referred to as the “yes means yes” rule. The law requires “affirmative consent” and other policies to be adopted by higher education institutions that are recipients of state funds for student financial assistance.
The Los Angeles City Council passed one of the highest minimum wage requirements in the country this week, which will apply to employees at big hotels around the city. Council members backed an ordinance establishing a minimum hourly wage of $15.37 for workers at Los Angeles hotels with at least 125 guest rooms.