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Arizona Legislature Passes Online Harassment Bill: Alyssa Newcomb of ABC News reports a new bill passed by Arizona lawmakers, House Bill 2549, would make it a class one misdemeanor for anyone to "terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend" others through electronic and digital devices. One of the sponsors of the bill, State Rep. Steve Farley, says the intention of the bill is to protect victims of stalking and bullying, not to limit free speech. "It doesn't mean that the person is instantly going to be fined or put away," Farley told ABCNews.com. "But if the judge determines it relates to other circumstances in the case then they can use this as another tool to make that decision." Before being sent to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, the bill is awaiting one final vote on a minor "technical change."

Los Angeles County Supervision of Ex-Cons Off to a Rough Start: Jason Song of the Los Angeles Times reports the shift of about 6,000 released prisoners now being supervised by local officials under realignment has gotten off to a rough start in Los Angeles County. Many offenders are not showing up for counseling appointments and some care centers are not being reimbursed. About a quarter of the probationers have been arrested for new crimes in the six months since realignment went into effect. That number could continue to climb, especially since about 10% of released convicts have gone missing or are not attending meetings.

Sheriff Introduces Chess Program at Chicago Jail: Don Babwin of the Associated Press reports Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has launched a chess program at the county jail in Chicago. Dart says he hopes inmates can apply what they learn from the game about patience and problem-solving to their own lives. "We see it day-in and day-out that people want instant gratification and that often individuals do not think before they act," Dart said Monday. "Thoughtless actions will hurt you while playing chess and hurt you more on the street." 100 inmates are currently participating, and Dart's office said ultimately about 150 inmates are to take part.

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