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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 ** This Jan. 15, 2014, file photo shows a test drone as it is is launched by catapult as a trail plane follows on a ranch near Sarita, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

California lawmakers vote to require warrants for spy drones

California legislators voted to mandate law enforcement to obtain warrants before sending drones out on surveillance missions, a move aimed at reining in what one lawmaker described as a true threat to individual privacy. Published August 28, 2014

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

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 ** 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

FILE - This Aug. 27, 2012, file photo shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Boehner is a $40 million fundraising force and shows no signs of losing his draw among fellow Republicans. The Ohio lawmaker accounts for about one-fifth of all National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising since January 2013, and he has helped the GOP's main House campaign committee raise millions more than his direct giving suggests. As Boehner considers retirement in coming years, Republicans are in the hunt for a prodigious fundraiser who can patch what could be a giant hole in campaign budgets. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

John Boehner posts bizarre wind-up toy monkey video

The official website of Speaker John Boehner posted a somewhat bizarre video of the lawmaker posed with a wind-up toy monkey on his lap, a 40-second spot that was aimed at showcasing his sense of humor while making a point: My political schedule is too busy. Published August 26, 2014