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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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Reno hospital gunman shoots 4, kills himself

A gunman walked into a hospital building in Reno, Nev. and opened fire Tuesday afternoon, injuring four people before turning the gun on himself. Published December 17, 2013

Surveillance video shows Sam McNair hugging his teacher at Duluth High School. (Screenshot: CBS Atlanta)

Georgia student suspended for a year after hugging teacher

A Georgia high school student was suspended for a year after a surveillance video caught him hugging his teacher, and a petition calling for his "extreme punishment" to be lifted has gained significant support. Published December 17, 2013

In this Dec. 16, 2013 photo, embroidered mittens that the U.S. Olympic Committee are selling as part of a fundraiser, are shown, in Denver. The U.S. Olympic Committee is charging $14 a pair for the blue gloves that have the word "Go" embroidered in red on one mitten and "USA" on the other. The pair is also labeled with a tag on the inside which says the gloves are "Made in China." The foreign-made mittens are available at the USOC's official online shop of the U.S. Olympic Team. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

'Go USA': U.S. Olympic fundraising mittens made in China

The red-white-and-blue mittens being sold to the public to raise funds for U.S. Olympic athletes were made in China, less than two years after a firestorm erupted over the athletes' "Made in China" uniforms for the 2012 summer games. Published December 17, 2013

** FILE ** Radio preacher Harold Camping. (Associated Press)

Doomsday preacher Harold Camping dies at 92

Harold Camping, the radio preacher who predicted that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011, to usher in the apocalypse, died Sunday evening, his Family Radio network confirmed. He was 92. Published December 17, 2013

Russian sitcom star: Burn gays alive in ovens

A star in Russia's version of the popular U.S. sitcom "Scrubs" recently told fans that he wants to burn homosexuals alive, adding more fuel to the controversy surrounding the country's gay propaganda laws. Published December 17, 2013

Nerf gun

Missouri State University considers ban on Nerf guns

Missouri State University officials are discussing whether to ban Nerf guns after the toys spurred a lockdown earlier this year during the school's semi-annual, campus-wide game "Humans vs. Zombies." Published December 16, 2013

Pope Francis smiles as he meets children at the Vatican on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis: 'Marxist ideology is wrong'

Pope Francis, responding to recent criticism by conservatives, assured that he is not a Marxist, although he said Marxists can be good people. Published December 15, 2013

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2nd monkey returns safely from space: Iran

Iran said on Saturday it had sent another monkey into space and brought it back alive, representing the nation's latest step toward sending humans into space, state news agency IRNA reported. Published December 15, 2013

Tottenham's Roberto Soldado (obscured from view) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Europa League group K soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Anzhi Makhachkala at White Hart Lane in London on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

British soccer fans arrested over anti-Semitic tweets

Three men were arrested in England last week for posting anti-Semitic tweets after Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League game against West Ham United in October, Haaretz first reported. Published December 15, 2013