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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

A Sphinx statue fragment found by Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologists at the Tel Hazor excavations north of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. (Image by Hebrew University)

Unique Egyptian sphinx unearthed in Israel

Part of an ancient Egyptian king's sphinx was unveiled at a dig in northern Israel on Tuesday, and researchers are puzzled as to how it got there. Published July 10, 2013

Rev. Jesse Jackson (left, at 2012 rally in Sanford, Fla.) battles on the "front lines" for causes greater than self, says Theresa Caldwell. (Associated Press)

DOJ helped facilitate anti-Zimmerman protests in Florida: FOIA docs

The legal watchdog Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents revealing the Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of the Department of Justice, was deployed to Sanford, Fla., following the death of Trayvon Martin to help organize rallies against George Zimmerman. Published July 10, 2013

** FILE ** South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Gov. Nikki Haley: I was abused as a child

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made a rare public disclosure Monday about how she was physically abused by a child-care provider when she was a child. Published July 9, 2013

**FILE** An activist holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Let's stop obesity" during a protest in favor of vegetarian food in front of the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City on April 14, 2010. (Associated Press)

We're No. 2! Mexico surpasses U.S. as world's fattest nation

A new report by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization has found that Mexico has surpassed the United States as the world's fattest nation, with about 70 percent of its citizens being overweight or obese. Published July 9, 2013

Image: Associated Press

Philadelphia ushers in 'lap dance tax'

After failing to introduce new taxes on soda and cigarettes, city officials in Philadelphia have decided to start taxing lap dances at strip clubs as part of an "amusement fee." Published July 9, 2013