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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

Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif. (JOSEPH SILVERMAN/THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Bob Filner's lawyer blamed San Diego for lack of sex harassment training

The attorney for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner argued in a letter Monday, one day before the City Council voted against paying for the mayor's legal bills, that the city should pick up the tab because it failed to provide adequate sexual harassment training. Published August 1, 2013

** FILE ** George Zimmerman smiles as attorney Mark O'Mara questions potential jurors for Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., on June 20, 2013. (Associated Press/Orlando Sentinel)

George Zimmerman spotted packing heat in Texas

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted a couple weeks ago in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was stopped by police for speeding and revealed to the officer that he had a gun in his glove compartment. Published July 31, 2013

Image: Associated Press

Dog eats paralyzed man's testicle as he slept

A paralyzed Arkansas man woke up to the horrific sight of his mid-section covered in blood, only to realize that his new puppy had chewed off one of his testicles, police said. Published July 31, 2013

** FILE ** Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was shot and killed in February 2012 while unarmed, is pictured in an undated photo. (Associated Press)

Smithsonian director wants Trayvon Martin's hoodie

Trayvon Martin's hoodie became a nationwide symbol following his fatal shooting, and now the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History wants the original. Published July 31, 2013

**FILE** Occupy Oakland protesters march through the Port of Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2011. (Associated Press)

Oakland activists upset over law banning weapons at protests

The Oakland City Council moved closer on Tuesday to banning hammers, wrenches, shields, sling shots, paint projectiles and other "tools of violence and vandalism" at protests, raising concerns by the American Civil Liberties Union and local activists. Published July 31, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Frank R. Wolf

Rep. Frank Wolf on Guantanamo tour: 'There is no torture'

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill battle over whether to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a four-member congressional delegation from Virginia, led by Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, traveled there Friday. Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican, released a statement Tuesday saying that upon touring the facility, he has determined there is no torture or abuse going to warrant its closure. Published July 30, 2013

** FILE ** Then-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks during a news conference at city hall, Friday, July 26, 2013, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego City Council to sue mayor to recover sexual harassment lawsuit costs

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to file a lawsuit against Mayor Bob Filner, the Democrat facing fire from at least seven women who’ve come forward and accused him of sexual harassment, to recover any money the city has to pay in legal fees due to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the mayor. Published July 30, 2013