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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

**FILE** The Rev. Jesse Jackson (Associated Press)

Jesse Jackson on white boy bus beating: 'It's hard to make a comparison'

Former Florida Rep. Allen West had some harsh words for nationally known civil rights activists like the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who have remained silent on a video showing black teens beating a white boy on a school bus. Now, Mr. Jackson responds. Published August 12, 2013

Two bodies found at New Hampshire YWCA office

Two bodies were found shot inside YWCA offices in Manchester, N.H., Sunday, according to police who responded to an emergency call, The Associated Press reported. Published August 11, 2013

JFK airport customs agents sickened after opening package

The FBI was called in to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after at least two customs agents were sickened on Sunday after opening a package at a postal processing facility, ABC News Radio reported. Published August 11, 2013

This photo released by the Salt Lake County Jail shows Kendra McKenzie Gill, who was arrested with three others on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, after allegedly throwing homemade bombs from her car. Gill was recently crowned Miss Riverton, Utah. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Jail)

Utah beauty queen charged with bomb possession

An 18-year-old Utah beauty queen has been charged with felony bomb possession after police say she and friends threw plastic bottles filled with caustic chemicals at people they knew, a local television station reported. Published August 11, 2013

** FILE ** Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith & Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority 2013 conference on Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sarah Palin: 'I’m on team Rand Paul'

Sarah Palin has chosen sides in the ongoing feud between the Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Published August 11, 2013

The wreckage of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 is pictured after it crashed while landing at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco on Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Asiana offers San Francisco crash survivors $10,000 payout

Asiana Airlines — the South Korean carrier that crashed at San Francisco International Airport last month, killing three people — plans to pay an initial compensation of $10,000 each to survivors. Published August 11, 2013

** FILE ** Passing pedestrians are reflected in the window of a Starbucks store in Atlanta in January 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Newtown Starbucks closes ahead of gun appreciation day

As gun rights supporters flocked to their local Starbucks Friday for "Starbucks Appreciation Day," the coffee giant announced it was closing its Newtown, Conn., store early "out of respect for Newtown and everything the community has been through." Published August 11, 2013