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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

A Santa Claus figurine is part of a holiday window display at Macy's, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

S.C. charter school bans Christmas carols with religious tone

A music director at one charter school in Rock Hill, S.C., reportedly said students are more than welcome to sing their celebrations of Christmas at upcoming performances – just not those songs that refer to Jesus Christ, or that have overtly religious overtones. Published November 22, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

FBI scrambles to find Iraqi terrorists living off U.S. welfare

Federal investigators are sifting through the records of thousands of Iraqis who came to the United States as "war refugees" in recent years, trying to discern how many more are like the two they recently arrested: Admitted terrorists who left Iraq for America, accepted public housing and welfare assistance, then continued with their plots to kill. Published November 20, 2013

Actor James Woods (Associated Press) ** FILE **

James Woods, the science geek: U.S. future 'built on dreams'

Actor James Woods, a Hollywood hero for conservatives who's been outspoken against President Obama and his policies, took the Comic-Con stage in New York to speak on what he saw as a more inspirational subject: America's future ability to make great scientific leaps and bounds. Published November 20, 2013

A McDonald's sign towers above one of the fast-food chain's restaurants in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

McDonald's goes gourmet? Pilot menu kicks off custom-made burgers

Want guacamole on that burger? McDonald's is making waves in the fast-food market with a proposed change to its 70-year-old model of made-to-order burgers, announcing a custom-made burger pilot program that provides customers with a range of choices, including 20-plus specialty sauces and toppings. Published November 20, 2013

**FILE** Bill Maher (Associated Press)

Bill Maher: Chris Christie is 'excellent politician'

Chris Christie is an "excellent politician" who could easily win the Republican nod for the White House in 2016, left-leaning comedian Bill Maher told MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday. Published November 20, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, with the Gettysburg Address behind him, waits to speak at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum and Memorial in Pittsburgh on March 28, 2008. (Associated Press)

Obama's 'under God' omission in Gettysburg Address sparks fire

President Obama's recitation of the Gettysburg Address for a Ken Burns documentary about the famous speech sparked a round of backlash after a local news radio host first noticed and reported a curious omission: He left out the phrase, "under God." Published November 20, 2013

In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech to members of the paramilitary Basij force at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)

Iran's ayatollah: Israel's 'doomed to extinction'

Right around the time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heading to Russia for an 11th hour attempt to influence a global deal with Tehran over nuclear development, Iran's top religious leader was emphasizing the fated fall of the Jewish nation. Published November 20, 2013

Massachusetts school cancels football season over racist graffiti

So much for the traditional Thanksgiving football game — or the remainder of the football season, for that matter. Lunenburg Public Schools Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes said the Massachusetts high school has stopped its football program, effective immediately, over a racial slur. Published November 20, 2013

** FILE ** This Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, shows Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Radel has been charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in Washington. District of Columbia court records show charges against Radel were filed Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington says the cocaine possession charge, a misdemeanor, carries a statutory maximum of 6 months in prison and a fine of $1,000. Radel was arrested on Oct. 29, according to court records. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rep. Trey Radel pleads guilty to cocaine possession

Rep. Trey Radel pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday after he was caught buying the drug at a restaurant in the nation's capital in late October. Published November 20, 2013