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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

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Wingate University on lockdown after 2 shot dead

Wingate University in North Carolina is on lockdown after two people were shot and killed and another airlifted to the hospital following a reported shooting near campus Wednesday night. Published December 4, 2013

In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, photo provided by the National Park Service, pilot whales are stranded on a beach in a remote area of the western portion of Everglades National Park, Fla. Federal officials said some whales have died. The marine mammals are known to normally inhabit deep water. (AP Photo/National Park Service)

10 whales dead, 41 others stranded in Everglades

Ten pilot whales have died and another 41 remain stranded in a remote area of Everglades National Park in Florida, as officials scurry to keep the mammals alive until high tide reaches. Published December 4, 2013

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Doritos Locos Tacos visionary dies at 41

Todd Mills, a visionary who became part of Taco Bell's billion-dollar Doritos Locos Tacos idea, died on Thanksgiving after battling brain cancer. He was 41. Published December 4, 2013

** FILE ** In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session, at his compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were exhumed on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, to enable foreign experts to take samples as part of a probe into his death. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

French investigators rule out Yasser Arafat poisoning

A team of French investigators have ruled out the possibility that deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned, contrary to a previous report by Swiss scientists that said tests on his body showed "unexpected high activity" of polonium. Published December 3, 2013

Visitors are silhouetted as they view the Nativity scene during the 34th annual "Festival of Lights" at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Washington Temple in Kensington, Md., on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Nativity scene will be displayed at Florida Capitol

Some of those who fear a war on Christmas will be pleased to learn that a nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus will be displayed at Florida's Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday and will remain throughout the Christmas season. Published December 3, 2013