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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 miner sprays water using a hydraulic mining system at an open gold-mine pit near the small town of Nieuw Koffiekamp on the edge of the Suriname's rain forest. Thanks to record gold prices, hundreds of small-scale mining operations are proliferating along the northeastern shoulder of South America, tearing up trees and poisoning creeks with mercury. (Associated Press)

U.N. members line up to sign mercury treaty

A long-awaited international treaty to curb mercury emissions was adopted at this week’s meeting of world heads in Japan, and U.N. members are now lining up to sign their names to the bottom line. Published October 10, 2013

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat (Associated Press)

Rep. Gerry Connolly mocks GOP as witch hunters of IRS

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, barely bothered to conceal his disdain for Republicans who wanted to uncover the truth about the targeting of conservative groups and individuals by the Internal Revenue Service when he smugly asked an agency witness giving Capitol Hill testimony Wednesday: Are you a witch? Published October 10, 2013

** FILE ** British businessman Sir Richard Branson leaves after speaking to journalists at the end of the opening ceremony for the One Young World summit at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa,  Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Richard Branson: Tea partyers need some ‘heavy drug use’

Richard Branson, the billionaire businessman who founded Virgin America airlines, said at a National Press Club panel event Wednesday evening that of all the politicos and players in Washington, D.C., the tea party could benefit the most from taking drugs. Published October 10, 2013

** FILE ** Actor Alec Baldwin and pregnant wife, Hilaria, attend the premiere of the film "Blue Jasmine" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Monday, July 22, 2013. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Alec Baldwin explodes (again!): Photogs are unconstitutional 'vermin' who 'slither'

Oh, Alec, not again. One of Hollywood's noted leftists, Alec Baldwin — affectionately known among media members as the gift that keeps on giving — waded back into controversy recently with a 500-plus-word penned letter to a local newspaper decrying the very industry that boosts his prestige, the paparazzi. Published October 10, 2013

An Egyptian protester wears a mask as he attends a protest marking the second anniversary of a military crackdown on protesters outside Egypt's state TV building in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Hundreds of Egyptians held candles, waved pictures of slain protesters and demanded retribution from former generals while marking the second anniversary of the killing of 26 people, mostly Christians, in the military crackdown outside the state TV building. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Egypt denounces U.S. decision to cut aid

A spokesman for Egypt’s foreign ministry adopted a defiant tone on Wednesday in response to the United States’ announced suspension of some aid, calling the decision a mistake and issuing a scathing vow that the country would nonetheless continue its quest for democracy. Published October 10, 2013

Disgraced detective in gang-SUV beat-down gets to hide face in court

Emerging details about the viral videotaped motorcycle gang attack on one New York City SUV driver and his terrified family revealed in court on Wednesday that not only did an undercover detective witness the scene as it unfolded — he also allegedly took part in the beat-down. Published October 10, 2013

**FILE** Former Rep. Allen B. West (Associated Press)

Allen West backs 4 for 2014: U.S. needs ‘conservative patriots’

Former Rep. Allen West, a tea party darling who now heads a political action group to elect constitutional conservatives, gave his personal endorsement Wednesday to four candidates seeking congressional seats in 2014, calling them genuine patriots with principled stances. Published October 10, 2013

** FILE ** People ride on the Joker's Jinx roller coaster at the Six Flags America Amusement Park in Largo, Md., in July 2002.

Orlando roller coaster strands 12 at top; 1 hospitalized

A dozen riders on a Universal Orlando roller coaster were stranded at the top for several hours Wednesday evening, until firefighters could assemble and save them using ropes, harnesses and a good measure of patience and skill. Published October 10, 2013

** FILE ** In this March 13, 2013, file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington. A government official says Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by gunmen early Thursday morning, Oct. 10, 2013, from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Libyan PM Ali Zeidan released by gunmen

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was released from captivity early Thursday, just hours after gunmen stole into his luxury Tripoli hotel and snatched him from his room. Published October 10, 2013

** FILE ** Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner greets voters after making his concession speech at Connolly's Pub in midtown Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in New York. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio held a clear lead Tuesday night in New York City's mayoral Democratic primary as polls closed, according to early and incomplete voting returns. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)(AP Photo/Jin Lee)

Anthony Weiner weighs in on shutdown: Quit ‘playing’

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner and failed New York City mayoral candidate weighed in on the government shutdown on Wednesday, calling on his former congressional colleagues to quit the politics and start acting like leaders. Published October 10, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, left, and Egyptian Central Military Zone Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammed Zamaloo upon his arrival in Cairo, on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

U.S. to scale back aid to Egypt: report

The Obama administration has been quietly preparing to scale back financial aid to Egypt, due to the ongoing violence and ouster of President Mohammed Morsi — which U.S. officials still refuse to label a coup — and will announce the amount of the cut "in the coming days," an unnamed source told CNN. Published October 9, 2013

Kentucky bans postgame handshakes for high school athletes

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s commissioner has banned school athletes from competing teams from shaking hands after the competition, putting to halt a decades-long practice in sports. Published October 9, 2013

Lunch lady accused of stuffing bra with kids’ cash — $1.8M in 8 years

This is hardly the lunch lady of Adam Sandler lore. A former Rialto, Calif., school district accountant with access to kids' lunch money was reportedly captured on video stuffing her bra with bills and charged with ultimately racking up $1.8 million of stolen food fees over the span of eight years. Published October 9, 2013