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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

Secret Service dog falls to its death at Biden event

A Secret Service dog fell to its death Saturday night in New Orleans while doing a sweep of a multistory parking deck next a hotel where Vice President Joseph R. Biden was speaking. Published January 27, 2013

The seal of the Department of Homeland Security

Homeland Security seeking 7,000 assault weapons for 'personal defense'

While the Obama administration calls for a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 "personal defense weapons" — also known as "assault weapons" when owned by civilians. Published January 27, 2013

EPA rules kill Texas power plant, 3,900 jobs

Environmental Protection Agency regulations are snuffing out another power plant, Chase Power announced Wednesday, killing its $3 billion Corpus Christi, Texas, coal project and 3,900 prospective jobs. Published January 27, 2013

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Agencia RBS)

At least 232 dead in Brazilian nightclub fire

A fire early Sunday at a crowded Brazilian nightclub set off a stampede killing at least 232 people. It appears to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Published January 27, 2013

NRA boycott of outdoors show shuts it down

America's largest sports and outdoors show was postponed Thursday after the NRA issued a boycott, following the event's ban on "modern sporting rifles," or semi-automatic rifles. Published January 24, 2013

**FILE** Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister of the Gaza Strip, delivers a speech in front of portraits of the late Iranian revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (left), and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a visit to Tehran on Feb. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

Hamas to establish military academy for Gaza children

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced Thursday that Gaza will establish a new military academy, the first of its kind, to prepare children for the "phase of liberating Palestine." Published January 24, 2013