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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

This Sept. 2013 image provided by Patricia Cassidy shows her dog Doodles, while he was sick right before his Sept. 9, death, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Doodles is believed to be one of 580 dogs in the U.S. that have died in the past six years from eating pet jerky from China. Baffled by the cause and seeing another surge in illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration reached out to owners and veterinarians Tuesday to help it find the poison behind the sickening of at least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007.  (AP Photo/Patricia Cassidy)

FDA warns: Doggie treats may be tainted

An estimated 580 pets have died and another 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have fallen ill since 2007 due to a mysterious ailment related to jerky-based treats, Food and Drug Administration agents said this week. Published October 25, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media at the end of a two-day EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Migration, as well as an upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, topped the agenda in Friday's meeting of EU leaders. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Germany, Brazil press U.N. to stop U.S. Internet spying

Brazil and Germany, frustrated with what they claim is America’s unwarranted surveillance operations on their countries’ top leaders, have turned to the United Nations for redress, and petitioned the global body to outright declare Internet privacy a right. Published October 25, 2013

**FILE** Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Primate of Belgium Andre-Joseph Leonard addresses the media during the presentation of his latest book, "Act as a Christian," in Mechelen, Belgium, on Jan. 5, 2012. (Associated Press

Topless feminists assail, assault Brussels archbishop

Demonstrators believed to be paid activists for the leftist feminist group Femen — including a group of topless, rowdy women — stormed a recent meeting at the Catholic St. Michael's College in Brussels, took over the stage and threw a pie in the face of Archbishop Andrè-Joseph Leonard. Published October 25, 2013

Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, left, and Deb Markowitz, secretary of  the Vermont Agency of  Natural Resources, view an electric car displayed in Sacramento, Calif., following a news conference to announce the signing of an agreement on zero-emissions cars, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

States swoon to push electric cars onto the road

If the free market can't sell them, maybe the government can — and that's the direction eight states are taking in what's becoming a public-versus-private sector battle to bring electric cars onto the roads. Published October 25, 2013

European parliament rejects abortion as a human right

Abortion is not a human right, the European Parliament voted this week, effectively shutting down a measure that would have pressed all 28 member states of the European Union to provide the procedure on demand. Published October 25, 2013

** FILE ** In this April 4, 2012, file photo, President Obama listens to Jeffrey Martin, the chief executive officer of Sempra U.S. Gas Power, during a tour at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility in Boulder City, Nev. John Sowers and Kevin Gillespie also join the tour. (Associated Press)

Burned out: Obama's first land auction for solar goes bust

So much for the White House dream of solar selling like hotcakes. The first federal auction run by the Bureau of Land Management to sell chances to build solar power projects on public land went completely bust on Thursday. Nobody showed to bid. Published October 25, 2013

Eight-year-old Gabriel Omans of Anniston, Ala., stands on a scale on Monday, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/The Anniston Star, Trent Penny )

Scientists say they've found new 'hungry gene' that causes obesity

It's almost too good to be true — a free pass on obesity, based on a scientific finding. But those who've tried to lose weight and trim down, only to find their efforts thwarted time and again, may have a new excuse: It's due to the "hungry gene," new science suggests. Published October 24, 2013

Chicago lawmaker says bicyclists should buy $25 license

A Chicago alderwoman said bicycle owners should start paying $25 for the privilege of riding their bikes through the city, and to help cover the costs of construction and upkeep for protected bike lanes. Published October 24, 2013

** FILE ** Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

Fort Hood soldiers say Army warned them off tea party, Christian groups

Don't donate to the tea party or to evangelical Christian groups — that was the message soldiers at a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood said they received from a counter-intelligence agent who headed up the meeting. If you do, you could face punishment — that was the other half of the message, as reported by Fox News. Published October 24, 2013

Pirates kidnap 2 Americans on craft off Nigeria coast

Pirates have kidnapped the captain and chief engineer — both Americans — from an oil supply ship as it passed through a point off Nigeria's coastline, a defense spokesman said on Thursday. Published October 24, 2013