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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

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

** FILE ** This Jan. 31, 2013, file photo shows two Corona beers. (Associated Press)

Scientists suggest beer after a workout

Researchers at Granada University in Spain have found that beer can help the body rehydrate better after a workout than water or Gatorade. Published February 10, 2013

**FILE** Various size cups and sugar cubes are displayed May 31, 2012, at a news conference at New York's City Hall. (Associated Press)

After soda regs, Bloomberg's NYC eyes Styrofoam ban

First, he limited the size of drinks allowed throughout the city. Now Mayor Bloomberg and his administration are mulling a ban on the plastic foam cups they're sold in. Published February 7, 2013

(Photo courtesy Fairfax County Police Department)

'Horse lasagne' sparks new food scare in U.K.

U.K. food safety authorities warned the public Thursday not to eat beef lasagne by the frozen-food company, Findus, that's imported from France, stating that tests revealed the beef contains 60 to 100 percent horsemeat. Published February 7, 2013

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Germaphobe Australian schools set to ban birthday candles

New guidelines set by Australian health officials will make party time a little less fun for schoolchildren by banning them from blowing out candles on their birthday cake in efforts to curb the spread of germs. Published February 7, 2013

** FILE ** In this Oct. 16, 2011, file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., is seen during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Source: Jackson Jr. plea deal includes 'significant jail time'

An exclusive by the Chicago Sun-Times has revealed a plea deal involving "significant jail time" is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal officials concerning a misuse of campaign funds. Published February 7, 2013

Mexican soldiers check cars at the customs checkpoint in Miguel Aleman, on Mexico's northeastern border with the U.S., Wednesday, March 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Calif. green energy firm fined for paying Mexican labor mere pesos

Bloom Energy Corp. has been ordered by a U.S. District Court Judge to pay $31,922 back to employees in Mexico that it had underpaid. The green energy firm from Sunnyvale, Calif., has been paying Mexican workers less than $3 per hour, CBS San Francisco reports. Published February 6, 2013

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