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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

Egyptian protesters throw stones at riot police during clashes near a state security building in Port Said, Egypt, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Clashes between protesters and police continued into a fifth day on Thursday in the restive Egyptian city of Port Said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Egyptian protesters set fire to two FJP offices over activist's death

Egyptian protesters burned two Freedom and Justice Party offices Sunday to protest the killing of an opposition activist. Thousands attended a funeral service for Mohamed al-Shafie who was found dead for unknown reasons. Protesters then headed to the FJP headquarters in Kafr Saad village and set them on fire. Published March 7, 2013

** FILE **Venezuela's deceased president Hugo Chavez (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, file)

Citgo’s Houston offices fly flags at half staff for Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan-owned big oil franchise Citgo flew flags at half staff outside of its Houston offices Wednesday to mourn the death of Hugo Chavez. Citgo confirmed with KHOU 11 News that its flags, including the American flag and Texas flag, would be lowered for the late president. Published March 6, 2013

** FILE ** Nail care products are displayed at a beauty supply shop in San Francisco on Monday, April 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Popular gel manicure may be a 'cancer risk'

A rising fad of replacing traditional nail polish with quick-hardening gel may result in skin cancer, according to a dermatologist at at the New York University School of Medicine. Published March 6, 2013

** FILE ** Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a miniature copy of his country's constitution during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

ThinkProgress: Democrats shouldn't eulogize Hugo Chavez

Several political and celebrity figures have spoken out in support of the deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; Rep. Jose E. Serrano, New York Democrat; liberal director Michael Moore; and actor and activist Sean Penn. Published March 6, 2013

** FILE ** In this Oct. 22, 2005, file photo, filmmaker George Lucas poses in front of a Stormtrooper exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston, prior to the opening of "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination." Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, delivered a mixed ruling in the epic battle between George Lucas' movie empire and a prop designer over the iconic stormtrooper helmets from the "Star Wars" films. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Lucasfilm rushed to Obama's defense after 'mind-meld' flap

President Obama's "friends at Lucasfilm" rushed to the president's defense after his recent "Jedi mind-meld" flap. The creator of Star Wars and founder of Lucasfilm, George Lucas, was a major Obama donor in past election bids. Published March 5, 2013

Traffic from Virginia into D.C. slowed along 14th Street during inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C., Sunday.
 (Peter Lockley / The Washington Times)

'Freedom' vanity plates banned in D.C.

Several vanity plates touting slogans and political causes have been banned in the nation's capital, including "FREEDOM," "TAXKLLR" and "OBAMA." Published March 5, 2013

Iran leads the nose jobs

The rate of nose jobs per capita in Iran is seven times than that in the United States and is currently leading the world in rhinoplasty surgeries. Published March 5, 2013