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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

**FILE** A plastic replica of a bullet is used to quickly remove an ammunition magazine from an assault rifle in a demonstration Aug. 15, 2012, at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. (Associated Press)

CEO unveils bulletproof whiteboards that could shield kids

Less than a month after the Newtown shooting and a new invention was born: bulletproof dry erase boards for teachers could use as a shield. George Tunis, a CEO of Hardwire LLC, came up with the idea after the tragedy in December. Published January 24, 2013

A woman smokes a cigarette during a break from work in downtown Chicago. (Associated Press)

Holy smokes! Oregon Democrat wants prescription-only cigarettes

Oregon state Rep. Mitch Greenlick, a Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, equatable with ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids. The bill would force all cigarette smokers to carry a prescription from a doctor or face jail time. Published January 24, 2013

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Prince Harry says of his deployment to Afghanistan that he sometimes he had to "take a life to save a life."

NBC scolds Prince Harry for 'antagonizing' Taliban

Following a Prince Harry interview where he said to have killed Taliban insurgents, an NBC panel Wednesday hyperventilated over Harry's "need to antagonize the Taliban." Published January 24, 2013

Barbara Boxer

'Infuriated' Boxer stormed out of Benghazi hearing

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told MSNBC's Al Sharpton Wednesday night she was "infuriated" during Sen. Rand Paul's questioning of Sec. Hillary Clinton and even left the hearing room. Published January 24, 2013

**FILE** President Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg take off their jackets at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., on April 20, 2011, before their joint town-hall meeting to discuss reducing the federal deficit. (Associated Press)

Facebook issues apology to conservative group

Facebook has issued an apology after suspending and threatening to shut down a conservative fan page over a posting that was critical of the Obama White House. Published January 23, 2013

Tai Shan the panda at the National Zoo in 2009. (The Washington Times)

Leaked U.N. climate report slammed for citing WWF

Critics are slamming a leaked draft U.N. climate report that features global warming advocacy groups like the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace made appearances alongside scientific studies. Published January 23, 2013

**FILE** Officials tape off an area outside San Joaquin Valley High School in Taft, Calif., on Jan. 10, 2013. Authorities said a student was shot and wounded and another student was taken into custody. (Associated Press/Taft Midway Driller, Doug Keeler)

Calif. schools police buy AR-15s to protect students

In response to a wave of gun crime across the country, particularly in Newtown, Conn., the police department for a California school district just outside Los Angeles has purchased 14 AR-15 rifles in efforts to protect its students. Published January 23, 2013

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Woods defends Mickelson, admits fleeing Calif. tax rates

Following a controversial admission by golfer Phil Mickelson, who suggested Sunday he might flee the West Coast because of rising taxes, fellow golfer Tiger Woods, who's worth an estimated $600 million, stated Tuesday that he did the same. Published January 23, 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

NAACP sues against Bloomberg's big-soda ban

Some opponents of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's move to ban large, sugary drinks have started making the argument that it just may be a racial infringement. Published January 23, 2013

** FILE ** In this July 20, 1969, photo, astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (AP Photo/Neil Armstrong, NASA)

179 moon trips possible since Senate's last budget

Three Pentagons could have been built, and 179 round trips to the moon could have been taken in the time since the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a budget, House GOP leaders argued Tuesday. Published January 23, 2013

**FILE** Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, listens during a March 26, 2012, news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. (Associated Press)

Gen. Allen cleared in Petraeus email case

A Pentagon probe has absolved Gen. John Allen of professional misconduct in exchanging inappropriate emails with the same Florida socialite, Jill Kelley, involved in the scandal prompting former CIA director David H. Petraeus to resign. Published January 22, 2013

**FILE** In this photo provided Jan. 14, 2013, by Harpo Studios Inc., talk show host Oprah Winfrey (right) interviews Lance Armstrong during taping for the show "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" in Austin, Texas. (Associated Press/Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc.)

Armstrong's website still touts Tour de France titles

After coming clean in a one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstong's website still touts his seven Tour de France titles, each of which have been revoked due to doping. Published January 22, 2013

In this frame grab provided by KPRC Houston, an unidentified person is transported by emergency personnel at Lone Star College on Jan. 22, 2013, in Houston, where law enforcement officials say the community college is on lockdown amid reports of a shooter on campus. (Associated Press/Courtesy KPRC TV)

At least 3 people shot at Texas college campus

Two students have been wounded in crossfire after two other students shot at each other at Lone Star Community College in North Harris County, Texas. A fourth man is reported to have suffered a heart attack. Published January 22, 2013