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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

St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio and County Guns have decided to take matters into their own hands in the St. Louis-area rocked by violence over the police shooting of an unarmed black teen. (Riverfront Times/Danny Wicentowski)

Armed shop owners ward off looters in St. Louis

Business owners in the St. Louis-area rocked by violence over the police shooting of an unarmed black teen have decided to take matters into their own hands in defending what's rightfully theirs. Published August 12, 2014

An Elmo character (left) uses a woman's camera to photographer her with a Cookie Monster character in New York's Times Square. A man in a Spider-Man costume was charged with assaulting a police officer after insisting on larger payment from a tourist.  (Associated Press)

NYPD fliers warn tourists about costumed characters

The New York City Police Department is warning tourists that they're not obligated to pay costumed characters, who have become notorious for harassing, and in some case assaulting, sightseers who refuse to tip them. Published August 10, 2014