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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar was a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics.

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (seen here) hold a press conference  July 27, 2012, at the Maryland State House in Annapolis with Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch along with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker to announce a special session to expand gambling in the state. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Report: Baltimore faces financial ruin within a decade

Even if the economy grows at a reasonable rate, the city of Baltimore is on a path to financial ruin, according to a report presented to the city council by the Philadelphia-based Public Financial Management Inc. Published February 6, 2013

** File ** Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria, Dec 17, 2012. (Associated Press)

Syrian rebels to open offices in Washington, New York

United Nations diplomats said Tuesday that the Syrian National Coalition is set to open offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City, as it prepares for meetings of Syrian opposition leaders with U.S. and U.N. officials. Published February 6, 2013

A robin feeds a large worm to its nest of baby robins as they begin to hatch in a nest in a bush by the White House press briefing room on Friday.

Climate change researchers find new foe: Earthworms

While global leaders fret about carbon taxes and redistribution of wealth to developing countries, a new study suggests that not just humans, but earthworms contribute to global warming in a significant way, with populations set to boom in the next couple of decades. Published February 6, 2013

**FILE** Guns are offered during a buyback program on Jan. 26, 2013, in San Mateo, Calif. Authorities are offering up to $100 cash for a handgun, shotgun or rifle, or up to $200 for an assault rifle at the event at the San Mateo Event Center. (Associated Press)

Calif. Dems push liability insurance for gun owners

Democratic lawmakers in California introduced a bill Tuesday that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance to cover costs in case their weapons ever caused death or injury. Published February 6, 2013

Illustration Second Amendment by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

Senior citizen sharpshooter: Vegas burglar killed by elderly gun owner

A 72-year-old man, who was the victim of a recent burglary, immediately went for his handgun when he heard a commotion in his Las Vegas home early Monday morning. Three intruders fled, and police later found one of them dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Published February 5, 2013

An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is directed to step back from the scene of an arrest Saturday in New York by a police officer, after a march marking six months since the movement's founding. Protesters lack consensus on what the group's focus should be going forward. (Associated Press)

Occupy’s 99 percent get children’s book: ‘A is for Activist’

Forget "Green Eggs and Ham" or "Curious George," Innosanto Nagara has written a book for your preschooler to become a union activist. "A is for Activist," is directed toward toddlers "of the 99 percent," he said in an interview with YES! Magazine. Published February 5, 2013

** FILE ** Second-grader Jonathan Cheng (center) looks at fruits and vegetables during a school lunch at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2010. (Associated Press)

Feds propose ban on chips, candy from schools

The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a proposal, congruent with Michelle Obama's campaign to combat childhood obesity, that will essentially ban unhealthy foods from schools nationwide. Published February 5, 2013

**FILE** This Monday, May 22, 2006 file photo provided by Mary Sage shows a polar bear watching a whaling crew off shore near Barrow, Alaska. Polar bears were declared as a threatened species by the Interior Department on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 saying polar bears must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mary Sage, Joseph Napaaqtuq Sage) ** NO SALES **

Liberal think tank’s solution for global warming: Work less

A study, conducted by the liberal think tank Center for Economic Policy and Research, claims Americans can curb global warming by adopting a more Western European model in the workplace. By working less hours per week and taking longer vacations people could reduce its carbon footprint. Published February 5, 2013

People attend a workshop called “New York Get Your Business Online” at Google offices in the city. (Associated Press)

Study: Google searches reveal racial bias

Google has been accused of racism since a study revealed the search engine's 25-percent likelihood that names associated with black people will bring up advertisements related to criminality. Published February 5, 2013

** File ** First lady Michelle Obama shows the lollipop she decorated during a holiday decoration preview at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Ala. coach suspended after Michelle Obama, gay rant

An Alabama high school coach and teacher has been suspended from coaching football for 10 days and from teaching his psychology class for the rest of the year, because he was recorded by a student ranting against the first lady and homosexuals. Published February 5, 2013

Illustration by Paul Tong

Gun crime on the rise in Mass. since 1998 firearms law

Murders, aggravated assaults, and robberies involving guns have risen dramatically in Massachusetts since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998, the Boston Globe reports. Published February 5, 2013

A polar bear rests with her cubs on pack ice in northern Alaska. A federal judge in 2011 said the Bush administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct an environmental impact review before issuing its ruling on the status of polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. (Associated Press)

Book: Polar bear population on the rise

Global hysteria ensued after former Vice President Al Gore posed a theory in his film, "An Inconvenient Truth," that polar bears were on the edge of extinction. Soon after, reports of fish shortages, cross-breeding between species and even polar bear cannibalism added to the global-warming debate. Published February 4, 2013