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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 cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

Booking photo of Justin Goodrich, 23.
Courtesy Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Gun-firing homeowner, female boxer thwart Florida burglary

A homeowner in Florida met five burglary suspects with a gun, chasing them from his home – and into the surprising path of a female, former boxing professional neighbor who was only too glad to help. Published November 28, 2013

** FILE ** A magnifying glass is posed over a monitor displaying a Facebook page in Munich on Oct. 10, 2011. (Associated Press)

Fit mom booted from Facebook for anti-fat post deemed ‘hate speech'

A fitness guru who sparked a media firestorm weeks ago for posing with her toned abs and three young kids in a pro-exercise photo with the caption, “what’s your excuse?” has now been booted from Facebook for making comments about the growing acceptance of fat — comments deemed “hate speech” by the social media site. Published November 28, 2013

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the idea for fitting fake pill bottles with GPS devices was prompted by high-profile crimes associated with the thriving black market for oxycodone and other prescription drugs. (Associated Press)

NYC alarms with notice: ‘Immediately surrender your rifle’

New York City authorities have been sending out notices to residents who own guns that now violate new ammunition capability laws, demanding they relinquish their weapons — and even though the notifications may just be standard police procedure, the text is a shocker. Published November 28, 2013

Biofuel rule puts turkey farmers in fret over corn costs

Turkey farmers say a federal mandate to produce a certain amount of biofuel has left them scrambling to turn a profit, because corn costs over the years have skyrocketed and feed prices soared. Published November 28, 2013

Kathy Weekman of Springfield, Va., checks organic produce at the Fresh Fields grocery store in Springfield, Va., Nov.13, 1993.  Organic issues have vexed a panel helping the Agriculture Department to create nationwide standards for organic foods.  In an age of biotechnology and international trade, the panel is dealing with more than compost and crop rotations, pesticide-free apples and carrots. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)

‘God diet’ splashes into holiday season

Toss the grapefruits and shred the Atkins book. Those watching their weight have a new source for inspiration to lose fat and trim down — the so-called "God diet." Published November 28, 2013

A 35-year-old, a Hong-Kong born Australian musician Howard, dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, walks past the Louis Vuitton store in a Hong Kong shopping district, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013. Howard claims to be the world's first professional Kim Jong-un impersonator. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Kim Jong-un doppelganger makes waves as burger salesman in Tel Aviv

A 34-year-old Australian musician who happens to be a spit-fire doppelganger of North Korea’s Kim-jong Un has unwittingly launched a new career — as an advertisement actor who plays the dictator and sells the likes of hamburgers in Tel Aviv. Published November 28, 2013

** FILE ** In this Wednesday, May 22, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis is helped by his personal secretary Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, right, with his skull cap during a gust of wind while he attends his weekly open-air general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis is trying to get a better handle on the reform of the troubled Vatican bank and the Holy See's finances, naming his top assistant to look into the work of two commissions of inquiry he set up this year. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Pope Francis sends right-hand man to oversee Vatican bank inquiry

In an apparent sign that Pope Francis means business, the leading Catholic Church figure appointed his personal, top-ranking assistant to step into an inquiry of Vatican banking and Holy See financial transactions that he set up earlier this year. Published November 28, 2013

An FA-18 Hornet approaches to land on the deck of the USS George during a joint military exercise with Japan in the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southernmost island of Okinawa Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The 13-day drill ended in the day as an air defense zone newly declared by China Saturday, Nov. 23 in the East China Sea has raised some tensions in the region. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

South Korea, Japan join U.S. in defying China’s air defense zone

First China declared a new air defense zone over island territories that are the subject of an ownership dispute with Japan. Then, the United States flew two B-52 bombers into the newly declared defense zone, in apparent defiance of China’s claim to air space. And now, on Thursday, South Korea and Japan did the same. Published November 28, 2013

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore speaks at McGill University in Montreal on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Al Gore goes animal-free with new vegan diet

Just in time for the holidays: Former Vice President Al Gore has sworn off meat, eggs and dairy and gone vegan, said one person familiar with the decision. Published November 27, 2013

Municipal officers observe as a worker breaks down open-air barbecues confiscated in the past three months in the Xicheng district in Beijing on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Authorities in the Chinese capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues "to cut PM2.5," the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs. (AP Photo)

Beijing busts up barbeques to tackle air pollution

China authorities trying to take a bite out of air pollution are busting up barbeques – the line of logic being that the outdoor grilling machines release too many “PM2.5” particles into the air. Published November 27, 2013

Two bar owners in Huntington Beach, Calif., said they are facing fines by the city for a billboard perched atop their establishment that displays a pro-military message.

California bar owners fight city to keep pro-veteran sign

A couple of bar owners in California who brought their pro-veteran message to a rooftop billboard said they're engaged in a public dispute over zoning laws and whether the mounted message meets code. Published November 27, 2013

** FILE ** First lady Michelle Obama walks on stage after watching the children from the Kuruka Maisha Foundation, an arts school in Nairobi, Kenya, perform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Michelle Obama sends tweet-out to amnesty activists on fast

Immigration reform activists who are engaging in a much-publicized food fast to bring attention to their relaxed border and amnesty wishes got some love from the first lady late Tuesday, via a tweet of solidarity she sent that told of White House support. Published November 27, 2013

** FILE ** This photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board shows a post-accident view of the vehicles from a wrong-way collision in Fountain, Colo., on Sept. 24, 2011. Hundreds of people are killed each a year when drivers turn the wrong way into the face of oncoming traffic on high-speed highways, and a majority of the crashes involves drivers with blood alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit, a federal accident researcher said. (Associated Press/National Transportation Safety Board)

Law lets Louisiana police demand that drivers give blood samples

Police in Louisiana are lawfully allowed to demand that drivers give blood samples in cases in which motorists are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol — a "no refusal" policy that's sparking legal debate. Published November 27, 2013

Peter Bull, 74, and his wife, Hazelmary, 69, the Christian owners of a hotel in southern England, leave the Supreme Court in London on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, after losing an appeal over whether their refusal to let a gay couple stay amounted to discrimination. (AP Photo/Press Association, Sean Dempsey)

Christian B&B owners slapped with damages for turning away gays

A 69-year-old British woman and her 74-year-old husband were ordered Wednesday to pay damages to a gay couple after the U.K. Supreme Court ruled they wrongfully kept the couple from staying in their Christian-based bed-and-breakfast. Published November 27, 2013