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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar 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 can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

Justin Miller poses during photo day at the Los Angeles Dodgers' spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., in 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Former MLB pitcher Justin Miller, 35, found dead

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Justin Miller was found dead in his Palm Harbor, Fla., home Wednesday night at the age of 35, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Published June 30, 2013

A Pakistani soldier examines the site of a car bombing on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday, June 30, 2013. The blast occurred as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Bomb blasts kill 49 in Pakistan

Bombings in three areas of Pakistan killed 49 people on Sunday, just as British Prime Minister David Cameron was in the capital of Islamabad pledging to help to fight extremism, the Associated Press reported. Published June 30, 2013

Food Network star Paula Deen (Associated Press)

Random House cancels Paula Deen's new cookbook

Just a couple days after Paula Deen's forthcoming cookbook topped Amazon's best-sellers list, Ballantine Books, a Random House imprint, announced Friday it was making the "difficult decision" to cancel publication of the book. Published June 30, 2013

Actress Jamie Lynn Sigler, center, leaves the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine after the funeral service for James Gandolfini, Thursday, June 27, 2013 in New York. Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano in the HBO show "The Sopranos", died while vacationing in Italy last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'The Sopranos' cast flocks to Gandolfini funeral

"The Sopranos" cast flocked to the funeral for co-star James Gandolfini in New York on Thursday, one week after the 51-year-old actor died unexpectedly in Rome of a heart attack. Published June 27, 2013

Food Network star Paula Deen (Associated Press)

Paula Deen cookbooks surge to top spots on Amazon best sellers

Paula Deen's new cookbook, Paula Deen's New Testament, has surged to take the top spot on Amazon's best sellers list, nearly one week after the embattled celebrity chef issued a public apology for using racial slurs over 20 years ago. Published June 27, 2013

Former Patriots tight end and murder suspect shows off a pair of PUMA shoes for his Twitter followers. The company cut ties with Mr. Hernandez on Wednesday, June 27, 2013. (Twitter)

Aaron Hernandez dumped by PUMA

PUMA announced Thursday that it will be severing its professional ties with NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who is awaiting trial for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Published June 27, 2013