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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

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Euthanasia deaths soar 13% in Holland

Euthanasia deaths in Holland soared by 13 percent last year since the Dutch government began allowing death mobiles to kill patients in the comfort of their own homes. Published September 24, 2013

** FILE ** Amanda Bynes (Associated Press)

Amanda Bynes mentally unfit to stand trial: lawyer

Amanda Bynes, the 27-year-old actress who was recently committed for schizophrenic tendencies, is mentally unfit to stand trial, her lawyer argued in court Tuesday. Published September 24, 2013

** FILE ** Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the anti-Muslim movie that inflamed the Middle East, is escorted by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies from his home early on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Cerritos, Calif. (AP Photo/CBS2-KCAL9)

Filmmaker blamed for Benghazi attack to be released

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who wrote an anti-Muslim film that led to riots in parts of the Middle East, is due to be released from federal custody Thursday in a separate probation case, The Associated Press reported. Published September 24, 2013

**FILE** Former Rep. Allen B. West (Associated Press)

Allen West thanks CAIR for inclusion in top ten worst Islamophobes list

Former congressman Allen West blasted the Council on American–Islamic Relations on his social media outlets Tuesday morning by thanking CAIR for including him in their "2011-2012 Worst List Inductees" for his "intentional efforts to spread fear and prejudice." Published September 24, 2013

**FILE** Jason Pfingsten, owner of Pacific Rim Airsoft, Ltd., shows a airsoft semi-automatic pistol designed to look like a real Beretta at his Seattle store on Feb. 13, 2008. (Associated Press/Andy Rogers, Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

7th-grader suspended for using airsoft gun in own front yard

A 7th-grade student in Virginia Beach, Va., suspended from school for shooting an airsoft gun in his front yard will find out on Monday if he is expelled for the rest of the year, a local television station reported. Published September 23, 2013

**FILE** President Obama watches the ball after making a putt on the ninth green during his golf match at the Mid-Pacific County Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on Dec. 31, 2009. (Associated Press)

George W. Bush: Let Obama play golf

Former President George W. Bush hit back at conservatives who criticize President Obama for his frequent golf outings, saying it's good for the leader of the free world to have some down time every once in a while. Published September 23, 2013

** FILE ** Faiza Silmi, a 32-year-old Moroccan, walks in Le Mesnil-Saint-Denis, France, 24 miles southwest of Paris, on Jan. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Italian-speaking Swiss region bans full-face Muslim veil

Voters in a predominantly Italian area of Switzerland voted Sunday to ban full-face veils, a decision that has outraged the country's Muslim community and Amnesty International, the Agence France-Presse reported. Published September 23, 2013

A screen capture of a video posted to YouTube that appears to show a group of Syrian children playing a game called "Behead the Enemy" while chanting "Allahu Akbar," or "Allah is greater," is seen here.

Video: Syrian children play 'Behead the Enemy'

A video posted to YouTube Sunday appears to show a group of Syrian children in northeastern al-Hasakeh province playing a game called "Behead the Enemy" while chanting "Allahu Akbar," or "Allah is greater." Published September 23, 2013

Security personnel take their positions on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, outside a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya,  where, authorities said, Islamic extremist attackers are holding an unknown number of hostages. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Israeli forces join effort to end hostage crisis at Kenya mall

Israeli advisers are helping Kenyan authorities formulate a strategy to end a siege at a Nairobi shopping mall where al-Shabab militants have killed at least 59 people and are holding about 30 hostages, Israeli media reported today. Published September 22, 2013