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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

**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

Guards escort a Guantanamo detainee carrying a book at the Camp 4 detention facility's open-air common area at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Nov. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) ** FILE **

Guantanamo detainees can't get enough 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Fifty Shades of Grey, the salacious best-selling E. L. James novel often referred to as "Mommy Porn," is the most popular reading material among Guantanamo detainees in the secretive Camp Seven, Rep. Jim Moran learned last week. Published July 30, 2013