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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

**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

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

In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 photo, a damaged grave after a vandal attack is shown in the Protestant Cemetery of Mt. Zion, Jerusalem. Christian leaders in the Holy Land are up in arms over what Curiously, is not the first time the Protestant cemetery has been attacked. About 100 years ago, the American consul to Jerusalem dug up graves in the cemetery belonging to members of the American Colony, a group of Christians from the U.S. who moved to Jerusalem for religious reasons – but whom the consul said were involved in cult-like activities, said Israeli researcher Nirit Shalev-Khalifa. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Jerusalem grave vandals set Christians on edge

A string of attacks in Israel against sacred Christian sites have set followers of the faith on edge, wondering if the property desecrations are going to progress into assaults against people. Published October 9, 2013

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, and his allies in Congress say they are determined to make the Affordable Care Act work no matter what stands in their way. The GOP, however, is not relenting. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sen. Ben Cardin to Boehner, GOP: ‘Put down the gun’

Sen. Ben Cardin said it’s quite appropriate in the current government shutdown situation to sling around words like “hostage” and “ransom,” while suggesting House Speaker John Boehner ought to surrender to Democratic demands. Published October 9, 2013

California court rules mom OK to spank with spoon

A California appeals court on Tuesday said a mother who was brought up on child abuse charges for spanking her 12-year-old daughter with a wooden spoon acted within her parental rights, and that social services had overstepped bounds. Published October 9, 2013

The Grand Canyon National Park entrance is blocked off on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Tusayan, Ariz. The Grand Canyon remains closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Rangers arrest 21 for venturing into Grand Canyon post-shutdown

Park authorities have issued citations for 21 tourists and visitors who entered Grand Canyon National Park grounds after the government shutdown started. And in response – and in the face of furloughing other workers – the park has bolstered its security team to monitor the land around the clock. Published October 9, 2013

** FILE ** Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform. (Associated Press)

Grover Norquist: Sen. Ted Cruz owes GOP an apology

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist has ratcheted up his criticisms of Sen. Ted Cruz, calling the Texas tea party hero a poor political planner and demanding he apologize to fellow Republicans for his relentless push to defund Obamacare. Published October 9, 2013

A Marine team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua H. Birchfield at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday. According to the Department of Defense, Cpl. Birchfield, of LaPorte, Ind., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (Associated Press)

17 grieving families of troops killed in action decry halt of death payment

So far, 17 families have been left in the cold on death benefit payouts of $100,000 for their killed-in-action military loved ones, due to the failure of U.S. authorities to clarify how the payout should proceed during the government shutdown. And they are outraged. Published October 9, 2013

The sun peeks from behind the Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, as the budget battle continues. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

John Boehner’s order: Keep congressional gym open

Just because the government has gone into shutdown mode doesn’t mean members of Congress have to give up their exercise routines. Per order of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s office: Keep the members-only workout facility open for use. Published October 9, 2013

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Shutdown could delay getting new beers to market

If this is the worst pain you feel from the government shutdown, then you must be doing all right – but still. The government agency in charge of approving new breweries, recipes and labels is on furlough, leaving in limbo the ability of suds-makers to get their brews on store shelves. Published October 9, 2013

** FILE ** A Powerball lottery form is filled out, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Big loser: $1M Powerball winner misses claim deadline

Easy come, easy go. A Powerball winner in Indiana missed out on a $1 million jackpot after the deadline to claim the prize came and went, and the unknown person failed to turn in the ticket. Published October 9, 2013