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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 puppet reporter is shown Jan. 19, 2012, during taping at WOIO-TV in Cleveland. The station uses the puppets performing as witnesses, reporters and jurors to detail the corruption trial against former Cuyahoga county commissioner Jimmy Dimora, which began last week in federal court in Akron. (Associated Press)

Disney pushes patents for drone-controlled puppets

Disney has filed three patents for drone-controlled puppets — a creative effort aimed at boosting the company's ability to move blimp-sized characters in a more realistic manner, especially during parades. Published August 27, 2014

** FILE ** The umpire crew, lead by Doug Eddings, walks onto the field as they are flanked by people dressed as stormtroopers from the "Star Wars" films on Star Wars Day at Chase Field prior to a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Drone 3, a 'Star Wars'-like hover bike, makes splash in concept world

From movie screen to real-life — that's what supporters of the Malloy Aeronautics' hovercycle project hope to bring to fruition, pointing to the Drone 3 model and its similarities with the famous "Star Wars" scene that saw stormtroopers chasing Jedi heroes through the woods on a fast-moving airborne bike. Published August 27, 2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Gov. Bobby Jindal to sue Obama administration on Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was filing a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama administration over alleged manipulation of grant money to force states to accept Common Core as their school standards. Published August 27, 2014

Feds tout school lunches as 'national security issue'

As a new school year dawns, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding of its new rules against Gatorade and caffeine-filled drinks in school cafeterias — and it's a matter of national security, they say. Published August 27, 2014

** FILE ** Illusionist David Blaine attends a special screening of "Filth and Wisdom" in New York in 2008. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Daredevil David Blaine dazzles in Manhattan prison magic show

David Blaine, known nationwide for his daredevil magical performances, took his show to a crowd of inmates at a Manhattan Department of Corrections facility that included rival gang members from the Bloods and Crips. Published August 26, 2014

** FILE ** A great white shark. (AP Photo/NOAA, Greg Skomal)

Massachusetts beach cleared over great white shark sighting

More than 1,000 Massachusetts beach-goers were ordered out of the water after a State Police helicopter reported seeing a 14-foot great white shark swimming just 75 yards from shore — just outside the buoys that separate the swimmers' area from the open ocean. Published August 26, 2014