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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

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Two gay GWU students want priest removed from campus

Students and parishioners are rallying behind a Catholic priest at George Washington University after two gay students said they wanted him removed for supporting the church's stance on homosexuality. Published April 7, 2013

**FILE** Lance Armstrong pauses during an interview in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 15, 2011. (Associated Press)

Lance Armstrong withdraws from swimming competition

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will not swim three distance events in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas this weekend after swimming's international governing body raised objections, the New York Post reported. Published April 4, 2013

**FILE** Secretary of State John F. Kerry (Associated Press)

John Kerry to donate portion of salary

A day after President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced they will donate 5 percent of their paychecks to the Treasury, Secretary of State John Kerry is following suit, vowing to donate 5 percent of his $183,500 salary. Published April 4, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago in January 2011. (Associated Press)

Roger Ebert, famed film critic, dies at 70

Famed film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday afternoon, a day after announcing he was taking a "leave of presence" after learning his cancer had returned, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He was 70. Published April 4, 2013