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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

In Nairobi's Korogocho slum, one of Kenya's most dangerous areas, elderly women practice self defense moves. Elderly women in slums are increasingly being targeted by rapists. Officials say the rapists believe that attacking the older women can cure AIDS. Some believe that it will bring them good fortune, while others think it will cleanse their sins. (Associated Press)

Deception defense for women: Tell sex attackers you have 'disease or are menstruating'

The University of Colorado is a gun-free zone, with the exception of university police, and they have some tips for victims who find themselves in the midst of a brutal attack. According to the university's Department of Public Safety, telling your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating are good ways to send your attacker running for the hills. Published February 19, 2013

David Axelrod ** FILE **

David Axelrod: Obama strategist joins MSNBC, NBC News

Senior strategist for President Obama's 2008 and 2012 election campaigns, David Axelrod, is teaming up with MSNBC and NBC News as a senior political analyst, the networks said Tuesday. Published February 19, 2013

** FILE ** A small boat belonging to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico. The Carnival Triumph has been floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula since a fire erupted in the aft engine room a day earlier, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. No one was injured and the fire was extinguished. (Associated Press/U.S. Coast Guard)

Carnival Triumph 'hell cruise' not so hellish after all: passenger

As stories of floating sewage and onion sandwiches surfaced about the Carnival cruise ship saga, one could only imagine a situation akin to "Lord of the Flies," with people panicking and fighting over shelter and food. Not so, one passenger told The Washington Times. Published February 19, 2013

**FILE** A box of ammunition is seen on Oct. 17, 2012, on the counter of a gun shop in Tinley Park, Ill. (Associated Press)

Gun dealers report ammo shortages

Gun shops are experiencing ammunition shortages amid a surge in consumers fretting possible federal gun control legislation. Published February 18, 2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (center) speaks during a news conference announcing an agreement with legislative leaders on New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in the Red Room at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Also pictured are Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz (left) and Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Firearms maker pulls business from N.Y. after new gun law

A Washington-state-based firearms manufacturer has announced that it no longer will be doing business with New York law enforcement, in response to the state's sweeping new gun laws on private citizens. Published February 17, 2013

** FILE ** An image of Buddha sits amid bamboo at the Allerton Garden on Kauai, Hawaii.

Iran bans Buddha

An Iranian newspaper is reporting that authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran in efforts to halt the "cultural invasion" of Buddhism throughout the country. Published February 17, 2013

A woman holds palm fronds and a Bible during Palm Sunday celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Four Christians arrested in Benghazi

Four foreigners have been arrested in Benghazi, Libya, on suspicion of printing Christian books and attempting to spread the word of Christianity. Published February 17, 2013