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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, 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

Emergency workers respond to a crash involving a passenger bus, a tractor-trailer and an SUV near Dandridge, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Authorities said the bus, carrying members of a North Carolina church group, veered across the highway median and crashed into the other vehicles in a fiery wreck that killed several people. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Paul Efird)

Eight killed when church bus crashes in Tennessee

Eight people were killed in Tennessee Wednesday afternoon, after a church bus blew a tire, veered across a highway median and crashed into two other vehicles, authorities said. Published October 3, 2013

** FILE ** An "Occupy Wall Street" protester in Zuccotti Park in New York, Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

Occupy Wall Street group to release debit card 'for the 99%'

The Occupy Money Cooperative, an offshoot from the Occupy Wall Street movement, revealed Wednesday its plans to create a new debit card to provide "fairly-priced, member-managed, and non-predatory financial products to the 99%." Published October 3, 2013

** FILE ** Visitors walk among the graves at the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on Thursday, June 6, 2013, the 69th anniversary of D-Day. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

U.S. government shuts down American memorials in Normandy

Visitor have not been able to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach since the U.S. government shut it down on Monday, the Associated Press reported. Published October 3, 2013

Chris Matthews: Reagan was a better president than Obama

Chris Matthews appeared on "The Colbert Report" Wednesday night to promote his new book, "Tip and the Gipper," saying that it's going to be hard for President Obama to beat Ronald Reagan's legacy. Published October 3, 2013

Korean War veteran Robert Olson of Iowa is pushed in his wheelchair by Zach Twedt, also from Iowa, around the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Veterans who had traveled from across the country were allowed to visit the National World War II Memorial after it had been officially closed because of the partial government shutdown. After their visit, the memorial was closed again. The Lincoln Memorial is seen in the distance. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Closed WWII memorial funded 'almost entirely by private contributions'

Busloads of World War II veterans broke through the barricades at the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Tuesday after the National Park Service closed all of its national parks and memorials because of the federal government shutdown. Published October 2, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. (Associated Press)

Reid on helping one child with cancer: 'Why would we want to do that?'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blamed Republicans Wednesday afternoon for the National Institutes of Health turning away cancer patients, and he flippantly asked a reporter why Senate Democrats would try to help "one child who has cancer" by approving a mini-spending bill to keep the NIH open. Published October 2, 2013