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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 [email protected].

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

Shoelaces used to restrain unruly airline passenger

A passenger on a commercial flight from Alaska to Oregon was arrested Monday after he reportedly tried to open the emergency exit door while the plane was preparing to land. Published May 27, 2013

On Monday May 27, 2013 Senator John McCain traveled into Syria for a period of several hours to discuss the current situation in Syria and U.S. Syria Policy with General Salim Idris, leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, and 18 commanders of FSA battalions from all of Syria. While meeting with Senator McCain, General Idris and FSA commanders asked that the United States increase its aid to the Free Syrian Army in the form of heavy weapons, a no-fly zone, and air strikes on Hezbollah. Syrian Emergency Task Force Field Director, Razan Shalab Al-Sham, Executive Director, Mouaz Moustafa, and Political Director Elizabeth O'Bagy organized and facilitated Senator McCain's trip into the country. Photo/Syrian Emergency Task Force

Sen. John McCain meets with rebels in Syria

Sen. John McCain visited rebels in Syria Monday, making him the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the war-torn country in more than two years. Published May 27, 2013

A young Turkish couple kiss to protest subway officials' harassment of a couple for kissing in public last week, at a subway stop in Ankara, Turkey, on Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo)

Islamists attack kissing couples in Turkey protest

Islamists attacked a group of kissing couples in a Turkish metro station to protest a morality campaign by the authorities in Ankara, the nation's capital, local media reported on Sunday. Published May 26, 2013

** FILE ** Kevyn Orr answers a question during a news conference in Detroit on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

What crisis? Detroit pension fund trustees jet to Hawaii

As Detroit flirts with bankruptcy, new reports have revealed that four trustees of its public pension funds spent $22,000 of retirement system money to attend a conference in Honolulu this week. Published May 26, 2013

Billy Joel

Billy Joel: Depression after 9/11 caused driving accidents

Award-winning singer and pianist Billy Joel blames the depression he felt after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks for a spate of car accidents that brought his problems with alcohol into the public eye. Published May 26, 2013

Marco Fairchild (left) and Gary Garza (right) help Sueann Schaller from her car on Saturday, May 25, 2013, in San Antonio after she drove it into floodwaters in the Westwood Village neighborhood. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Lisa Krantz)

Two dead, one missing in San Antonio floods

Torrential rains deluged numerous roads in San Antonio over the weekend, killing two women and resulting in more than 235 rescues by emergency workers. Published May 26, 2013

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (front right), Congress party President Sonia Gandhi (center) and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi (background left) arrive at the airport in Raipur, India, on Sunday, May 26, 2013, following Saturday's Maoist attack in a densely forested area in India's Chhattisgarh state. (AP Photo)

Suspected Maoist rebels kill 16 in India

At least 16 people, including two politicians, were killed in India on Saturday after suspected Maoist rebels detonated a land mine and fired on a convoy of cars, the Associated Press reports. Published May 26, 2013

**FILE** A SARS patient receives treatment behind double-layer glass windows and strict quarantine measures at the Beijing Ditan Hospital in Beijing on April 13, 2003. (Associated Press)

France confirms 2nd case of SARS-related virus

A second case of a deadly new virus related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been reported in France, the Health Ministry confirmed Sunday. Published May 12, 2013