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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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Germaphobe Australian schools set to ban birthday candles

New guidelines set by Australian health officials will make party time a little less fun for schoolchildren by banning them from blowing out candles on their birthday cake in efforts to curb the spread of germs. Published February 7, 2013

** FILE ** In this Oct. 16, 2011, file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., is seen during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Source: Jackson Jr. plea deal includes 'significant jail time'

An exclusive by the Chicago Sun-Times has revealed a plea deal involving "significant jail time" is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal officials concerning a misuse of campaign funds. Published February 7, 2013

Mexican soldiers check cars at the customs checkpoint in Miguel Aleman, on Mexico's northeastern border with the U.S., Wednesday, March 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Calif. green energy firm fined for paying Mexican labor mere pesos

Bloom Energy Corp. has been ordered by a U.S. District Court Judge to pay $31,922 back to employees in Mexico that it had underpaid. The green energy firm from Sunnyvale, Calif., has been paying Mexican workers less than $3 per hour, CBS San Francisco reports. Published February 6, 2013

Report: Baltimore faces financial ruin within a decade

Even if the economy grows at a reasonable rate, the city of Baltimore is on a path to financial ruin, according to a report presented to the city council by the Philadelphia-based Public Financial Management Inc. Published February 6, 2013

** File ** Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria, Dec 17, 2012. (Associated Press)

Syrian rebels to open offices in Washington, New York

United Nations diplomats said Tuesday that the Syrian National Coalition is set to open offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City, as it prepares for meetings of Syrian opposition leaders with U.S. and U.N. officials. Published February 6, 2013

A robin feeds a large worm to its nest of baby robins as they begin to hatch in a nest in a bush by the White House press briefing room on Friday.

Climate change researchers find new foe: Earthworms

While global leaders fret about carbon taxes and redistribution of wealth to developing countries, a new study suggests that not just humans, but earthworms contribute to global warming in a significant way, with populations set to boom in the next couple of decades. Published February 6, 2013

**FILE** Guns are offered during a buyback program on Jan. 26, 2013, in San Mateo, Calif. Authorities are offering up to $100 cash for a handgun, shotgun or rifle, or up to $200 for an assault rifle at the event at the San Mateo Event Center. (Associated Press)

Calif. Dems push liability insurance for gun owners

Democratic lawmakers in California introduced a bill Tuesday that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance to cover costs in case their weapons ever caused death or injury. Published February 6, 2013

Illustration Second Amendment by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

Senior citizen sharpshooter: Vegas burglar killed by elderly gun owner

A 72-year-old man, who was the victim of a recent burglary, immediately went for his handgun when he heard a commotion in his Las Vegas home early Monday morning. Three intruders fled, and police later found one of them dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Published February 5, 2013

An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is directed to step back from the scene of an arrest Saturday in New York by a police officer, after a march marking six months since the movement's founding. Protesters lack consensus on what the group's focus should be going forward. (Associated Press)

Occupy's 99 percent get children's book: 'A is for Activist'

Forget "Green Eggs and Ham" or "Curious George," Innosanto Nagara has written a book for your preschooler to become a union activist. "A is for Activist," is directed toward toddlers "of the 99 percent," he said in an interview with YES! Magazine. Published February 5, 2013

** FILE ** Second-grader Jonathan Cheng (center) looks at fruits and vegetables during a school lunch at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

Feds propose ban on chips, candy from schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a proposal, congruent with Michelle Obama's campaign to combat childhood obesity, that will essentially ban unhealthy foods from schools nationwide. Published February 5, 2013