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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

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

**FILE** Schoolchildren look out the window of their bus as they head back to school in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 18, 2012. Classes resume Tuesday for Newtown schools except those at Sandy Hook. Buses ferrying students to schools were festooned with large green and white ribbons on the front grills, the colors of Sandy Hook. At Newtown High School, students in sweatshirts and jackets, many wearing headphones, betrayed mixed emotions.  Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,  Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Gun permits surge in Newtown after Sandy Hook massacre: report

Gun permit applications in Newtown, Conn., skyrocketed in the five months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December, reflecting the anxiety among residents as the legislature was debating tougher gun-control legislation, the Hartford Courant first reported. Published November 13, 2013

** FILE ** A woman holds a Bible as she stands in silent prayer on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in the hour before the justices return to the bench for another term on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Atheists interrupt prayer vigil on Supreme Court steps

Atheists interrupted a planned prayer vigil on the steps of the Supreme Court during the Town of Greece v. Galloway case last week, as they argued prayer has no place in public service. Published November 12, 2013

** FILE ** Kim Jong-un inspects North Korea troops in this government photo.

80 people publicly executed across North Korea for films, Bibles

North Korea publicly executed as many as 80 people — some for infractions as minor as watching South Korean movies or possessing a Bible — in the first known mass executions in the Kim Jong-un regime, South Korean media reported. Published November 12, 2013

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Elderly couple sues Spike Lee over George Zimmerman tweet

A Florida couple is suing film director Spike Lee for telling fans on Twitter that George Zimmerman lived at their Sanford home, which prompted a wave of death threats to the elderly couple who have no relation to the acquitted killer. Published November 11, 2013

** FILE ** A youth with a broom prepares to clear up the broken window glass from a Jewish shop in Berlin on Nov. 10, 1938, the day after the Kristallnacht rampage, when the Nazis set fire to hundreds of synagogues, looted thousands of Jewish businesses and attacked Jews in Germany and Austria. (Associated Press)

National Socialist Movement celebrates Kristallnacht anniversary in Kansas City

A U.S. Neo-Nazi group called the National Socialist Movement rallied outside of a Kansas City, Mo., courthouse over the weekend in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass," when Nazi forces terrorized and torched Jewish towns and neighborhoods in Germany and parts of Austria, killing 500 Jews. Published November 11, 2013

** FILE ** The Olympic rings for the 2014 Winter Games are installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Ignat Kozlov))

Journalists banned from tweeting at 2014 Sochi Olympics: report

Journalists at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be banned from taking photos or videos with smartphones or other personal technology, and violators will be ejected from the event and stripped of their accreditation, authorities said. Published November 11, 2013