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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

Exodus International President Alan Chambers (Associated Press)

Ex-gay Christian ministry closes, apologizes to LGBT community

Exodus International, a large Christian ministry that claimed to offer a "cure" for homosexuality, announced on its website Wednesday that it was shutting down and apologized to the gay community "for years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization and the Church as a whole." Published June 20, 2013

Somalis carry a man who was wounded during an attack on the U.N. compound in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somali militants live-tweet deadly attack on U.N. compound

Somali militant group al-Shabaab launched a deadly strike on Wednesday against a U.N. humanitarian compound in Mogadishu that killed one international staffer, three contractors, four Somali security guards, and at least four civilians, Foreign Policy first reported. Published June 20, 2013

** FILE ** James Gandolfini. (Associated Press)

'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini dead at 51

James Gandolfini, the award-winning actor who played mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO's hit series "The Sopranos," has died following a massive heart attack in Italy, HBO announced Wednesday. He was 51. Published June 19, 2013

** FILE ** Palestinian children, one masked and waving a green Islamic flag, sit near a photo of Gaza's Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, during a rally to mark the 23rd anniversary of the group's founding, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

Hamas: 100,000 children to train at military camps this summer

It's summer again, and as has become customary in recent years, thousands of Gazan children will flock to terrorist-organized summer camps to engage in semimilitary training, including the use of live ammunition and simulated kidnappings of Israeli soldiers, Ynet reported Tuesday. Published June 19, 2013