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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. 9, 2014, photo shows the Desert Research Institute's new cloud seeding drone at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The drone has the ability to release silver iodide into a storm and generate additional rain or snowfall. (AP Photo/The Tahoe Tribune, Griffin Rogers)

California mulls ban on spy drones without warrant

California lawmakers are debating a bill that would ban warrantless drone surveillance — a measure that comes just as the nation saw its first American convicted of a crime based on video supplied in court by an unmanned air craft. Published January 30, 2014

Quadruple amputee U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills poses for a portrait before his documentary, "Travis: a Soldier's Story," about his life after being wounded, is screen in the Capitol Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Monday, November 18, 2013. Mills is one of just five quadruple-amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive their injuries. He was injured from an I.E.D. (improvised explosive device) on April 10, 2012 while on patrol during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Army quadruple amputee makes N.Y. film debut

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is on deployment in Afghanistan when in an instant, his life changes: he steps on an improvised explosive device, losing portions of both arms and legs. Now he's the subject of an inspiring movie set to make its New York debut in Times Square on Wednesday. Published January 29, 2014

** FILE ** Two people dressed as Disney characters talk under falling snow in Times Square, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Disney Channel makes history with debut of lesbian couple on kids’ TV

“Good Luck Charlie,” the comedy Disney Channel production that targets the most youthful of U.S. society, made television production history with the filming of a two-part series finale – due to air around Valentine’s Day – that showcases lesbian partners Susan and Cheryl. Published January 29, 2014

** FILE ** Immigration activists gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, as lawmakers speak on the steps of the House of Representatives to appeal for action on an immigration reform bill. A reform bill that could provide a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States has languished as the House Republican leadership has not put the bill to a vote before the holiday recess. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Massachusetts activists strive for drivers' licenses for illegals

One of the largest immigrant advocacy groups in the Northeast has turned to the power of the online petition and painted a tale of woe about a mother who’s in the country unlawfully and can’t get her daughter to the doctor as a means of convincing Massachusetts lawmakers to give drivers’ licenses to illegals. Published January 29, 2014

China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with former U.S. President Bill Clinton at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason Lee, Pool)

Beijing boots U.S. reporter over stories of Communist corruption

A U.S. reporter based in Beijing was given until Thursday to leave the country, an order that seems tied to his media filings about the wealth that top Communist Party officials have been able to accumulate through the years. Published January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

GOP turns to courts to rein in Obama's executive power

Sen. John McCain reacted to President Obama's vow to use his pen — minus Congress — to propel significant personal legislative and policy agenda items with a blunt warning: We'll sue. Published January 29, 2014

Pope Francis adjusts his scarf during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis goes pop culture and hits cover of Rolling Stone

Pope Francis has just boosted his image as the pontiff of the people a smidgen higher. The Catholic Church head has gone pop culture, and it’s his smiling face that appears on the most recent cover of the Rolling Stone. Published January 29, 2014

Traffic Westbound sits nearly still on Interstate 20 below Cherokee Avenue as Eastbound traffic is sparse and moving Tuesday,  Jan. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT.

Weather wimps: Snow dusting leaves Southerners sleeping in cars, Home Depot

Motorists across several Southern states tried to rush home at the first sign of snow, creating a traffic nightmare that left thousands sleeping overnight in their cars on highways, on the floors in schools and in the aisles of 26 Home Depot stores that opened their doors for a makeshift shelter. Published January 29, 2014

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, right, smiles briefly as her husband, retired NASA space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, testifies before a Washington state House panel Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. Giffords, who survived a 2011 shooting, testified before the panel considering an initiative to expand firearm background checks in the state, telling lawmakers that "the nation is counting on you." With Kelly sitting next to her, Giffords spoke slowly and briefly to the panel that was taking public testimony on Initiative 594. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gabby Giffords makes high-profile gun control appeal in Washington: ‘Fight!’

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who’s made a second career out of turning her high-profile gun injury into a campaign for more Second Amendment crackdowns, spoke briefly but bluntly to Washington lawmakers who were mulling dueling gun bills: “Fight! Fight! Fight!” Published January 29, 2014