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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

Former DNC spokesperson Karen Finney attends the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Twitter, Karren Finney)

MSNBC adds former DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney to weekend lineup

Among its recent announcement to shake things up with an Ed Schultz weekend show, MSNBC revealed Tuesday that it is hiring former Democratic National Committee spokesperson Karen Finney to host a new show on weekends from 4-5 p.m. Eastern. Published April 2, 2013

6 killed in China mine where earlier blast killed 28

An explosion at a Chinese coal mine killed six workers Monday, three days after another explosion at the same mine killed 28 others, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Published April 1, 2013

**FILE** A light standard rests at the dilapidated entrance to city hall in Stockton, Calif., on June 26, 2012. (Associated Press)

Stockton, Calif., to enter bankruptcy

A judge accepted the California city of Stockton's bankruptcy application on Monday, making it the most populous city in the United States to file. Published April 1, 2013

** FILE ** Painted Easter eggs are available in a supermarket in Antwerp, Belgium. Demand for eggs reaches its peak around Easter. The industry has been hit hard by the European Union's mandatory use of animal-friendly cages for hens since the beginning of the year. (Associated Press)

Alabama school lifts ban on 'Easter'

An Alabama school district has lifted a ban it had previously on any religious references, including the words "Easter" and "Christmas." Published April 1, 2013

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

Bloomberg sets sights on smokers: $10.50 price floor for cigarettes

In his latest health push, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a bill that would require retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight. It's companion bill, however, is seeking to ban cheap cigarettes and cigarillos by setting a price floor of $10.50 a pack across the board. Published March 28, 2013