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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

Victim stunned as Alabama judge lets serial rapist avoid jail

Austin Clem has been convicted for raping a teenager three times, but he may avoid jail time altogether after an Alabama judge on Wednesday sentenced him to serve two years in a supervised community corrections program and three years of probation. Published November 17, 2013

** FILE ** Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters on April 15, 2013, at his house in Islamabad. (Associated Press)

Pakistan to try ex-President Pervez Musharraf for treason

Pakistan announced Sunday that it will try former President Pervez Musharraf for treason, which is punishable by death or life imprisonment, for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while in power in 2007. Published November 17, 2013

Alec Baldwin attends the Museum of the Moving Image salute to the actor in New York in 2011. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Alec Baldwin hints MSNBC show may be gone for good

Shortly after MSNBC announced it was suspending Alec Baldwin's "Up Late" for two weeks, the actor took to his blog on The Huffington Post to explain that he's not positive the show will be back at all. Published November 17, 2013

In this image provided by KDKA- TV emergency personal respond to a shooting at the scene near  Brashear High School, Monday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh police reported Monday that three people were shot near the school. (AP Photo/KDKA- TV)

Shooting reported at Pittsburgh high school: police

At least three students were shot at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon and police have detained at least one suspect, local CBS affiliate KDKA-TV reported. Published November 13, 2013

**FILE** Schoolchildren look out the window of their bus as they head back to school in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 18, 2012. Classes resume Tuesday for Newtown schools except those at Sandy Hook. Buses ferrying students to schools were festooned with large green and white ribbons on the front grills, the colors of Sandy Hook. At Newtown High School, students in sweatshirts and jackets, many wearing headphones, betrayed mixed emotions.  Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,  Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Gun permits surge in Newtown after Sandy Hook massacre: report

Gun permit applications in Newtown, Conn., skyrocketed in the five months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December, reflecting the anxiety among residents as the legislature was debating tougher gun-control legislation, the Hartford Courant first reported. Published November 13, 2013