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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 ** A small Draganflyer X6 drone is photographed during a test flight in Mesa County, Colo., on Jan. 8, 2009. (Associated Press/Mesa County Sheriff's Department)

Kansas groups demand city ban weapon-carrying drones

A handful of political and activist organizations in Kansas have partnered to request Lawrence government heads protect city residents from drones and legislate against their local use. Published August 19, 2013

President Obama (right) and World Bank President Jim Kim play golf at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Obama wraps vacation with final round of golf

President Obama returned to the White House late Sunday, following a week-long family get-away to Martha’s Vineyard – but not before squeezing in one last round of golf. Published August 19, 2013

Rodeo clown who mocked Obama committed 'hate crime,' NAACP says

The rodeo clown at the Missouri state fair who donned a mask of President Obama and mocked about a bull running him over is guilty of a hate crime, the head of the state's NAACP chapter said in a radio show late Thursday. Published August 16, 2013

Illustration: Swat Team.

Texas city sends in SWAT to remove homeowner's property blight

Sustainable farm owners in Arlington, Texas, said SWAT members invaded their home and property under false pretenses -- alleging the family was growing marijuana -- and destroyed fruit and vegetable patches and confiscated 20,400 pounds of material used for the farming operation, all in the name of obliterating what city officials said was blight. Published August 16, 2013

**FILE** A car moves along the Extraterrestrial Highway near Rachel, Nev., on April 10, 2002. The ET highway was established by the Nevada Legislature in 1996 and runs along the eastern border of Area 51, a military base on the Nevada Test Site that the U.S. government has only recently admitted exists. (Associated Press)

CIA finally acknowledges Area 51's existence

The CIA finally acknowledged the existence of the mysterious Area 51 in central Nevada, referencing the site that's been the stuff of conspiracy stories for decades in newly declassified documents made public on Thursday. Published August 16, 2013

** FILE ** "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the Broadway musical. (Associated Press)

'Spider-Man' performer trapped in stage on Broadway, rushed to hospital

A Broadway performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" turned disastrous on Thursday night as the superhero fell through a trap door on the stage during the performance, and emergency responders rushed to cut him from the floorboards and transport him to the hospital. Published August 16, 2013

** FILE ** A latte crafted at Peregrine Espresso in D.C. (The Washington Times)

Coffee kills, cola causes violence: New studies knock favorite drinks

It's getting so water is about the only safe beverage left on the planet — and even that doesn't come without caveats, as researchers point to the dangers of tap and the need to buy bottled. But the newest studies: Drinking four or more cups of coffee a day could bring early death, and cola causes violence in kids. Published August 16, 2013

** FILE ** Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio answers questions May 10 in a news conference. (Associated Press)

Arizona's tough Joe Arpaio puts crosses in desert to mark illegals' deaths

Tough-talking Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who's been slammed by detractors who say his border control crackdown views are anti-immigrant and racist, has ordered his deputies to commemorate those who die while crossing into the United States by placing Christian crosses at the site of their desert deaths. Published August 16, 2013

Boston Marathon bombing victim, 7, returns home minus left leg

A 7-year-old girl, Jane Richard, who lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon terrorist attack — which also killed her 8-year-old brother, Martin — returned home Thursday with a new prosthetic, a new lease on life and, her family says, as an "incredible source of inspiration." Published August 16, 2013

Lisa Robin Kelly: 'That '70s Show's star, 43, dies in rehab

Lisa Robin Kelly, the woman who played the sexy teenage sister of Eric, the main character on "That 70s Show," died Thursday night at the age of 43 in the rehab center she just entered for addiction-related treatments. Published August 16, 2013

** FILE ** James Lee DiMaggio (left), 40, and Hannah Anderson, 16, are pictured in a combination of undated file photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department. (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department)

Hannah Anderson steps out, as cops find 'letters from Hannah' in suspect's home

Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old California teen who was abducted by a suspect who's also believed to have murdered her mother and brother, attended a fundraiser Thursday, her first public appearance since police shot and killed James DiMaggio in the wilderness of Idaho where the pair was discovered. Published August 16, 2013

** FILE ** The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was gutted in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack by Islamic extremists. (Associated Press)

Benghazi truth-seekers press for 'paparazzi' blitz on lawmakers

A group dedicated to finding out the truth of what transpired at America's consulate during the fatal Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack says concerned citizens should bombard their congressional members with requests to create a special committee — and videotape the lawmakers' responses to post online as additional pressure. Published August 15, 2013

** FILE ** Israeli soldiers are seen in a staging area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009. (Associated Press)

Israel drafts first transgender female soldier

For the first time in the nation's history, Israel has drafted a transgender female soldier — a teenager who is currently undergoing sex change surgery to be a girl. Published August 15, 2013