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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She's also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

In this picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis arrives to a retreat outside Rome aboard a bus with cardinals and bishops, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Francis and the heads of Vatican offices traveled to Ariccia, in the hills south of Rome, where the Society of St. Paul offered up a retreat house for spiritual exercises through Friday. Jesuits typically do such Lenten retreats away from home, and Francis is breaking with recent papal tradition of prayers and meditation at the Vatican during the 40-day Lenten period preceding Easter. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

Pope Francis shakes Vatican Bank with 'earthquake' reforms

Pope Francis has more than made good on his promise to investigate the scandal-tainted financial wing of the Vatican, cleaning house with such vigor that at least one Catholic Church watcher is calling it akin to an earthquake. Published March 13, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson speaking at CPAC, where he finished third in The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Ben Carson: America's now 'very much like Nazi Germany'

Noted conservative speaker and nationally recognized neurosurgeon Ben Carson took his blunt talk about the state of the nation in a direction that deviated from his usual references to God and faith — remarking on America's resemblance to Nazi Germany days. Published March 12, 2014

Democrat candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis speaks at a live discussion with The Texas Tribune on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  Davis will face Republican Greg Abbott.  (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Jonathan Garza)

GOP takes aim at Texas with new PAC to woo females

The Republicans have a message for Democrats who think Texas is turning blue: Not so fast — we're back in the game with a political action committee aimed at wooing women voters. Published March 12, 2014

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a group of nuns, who were freed after being held by Syrian rebels, greet church officials at the Syrian border town of Jdeidat Yabous, early Monday, March. 10, 2014. Rebels in Syria freed more than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns on Monday, ending their four-month captivity in exchange for Syrian authorities releasing dozens of female prisoners. The release of the nuns and their helpers, 16 women in all, is a rare successful prisoner-exchange deal between Syrian government authorities and the rebels seeking to overthrow the rule of President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/SANA)

Bishop in Aleppo: 'We Christians live in fear in Syria'

A Chaldean Catholic bishop serving in Syria says his fellow Christians are under constant siege and fearful of openly following their faith, akin to what's occurring to believers in Iraq. Published March 10, 2014

** FILM ** A promo photo from the TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard" (Courtesy Warner Home Video)

Florida lawmakers move to wipe corrupt 'Boss Hogg' town from map

One town in Florida is reportedly so corrupt — with one police officer for every 25 people, and a long record of issuing traffic tickets simply to raise government revenues — that lawmakers are mulling a plan to wipe it off the map. Published March 10, 2014