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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 ** Then-Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican, speaks on Feb. 10, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Associated Press)

Watchdog group sues Fla. county elections chief over West recount

Elections watchdog group True the Vote has filed a federal lawsuit against St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker for failure to comply with federal law after the congressional race and recount between then-Rep. Allen B. West and his challenger, current Rep. Patrick Murphy. Published February 4, 2013

** FILE ** Former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs speaks on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, on NBC's "Meet the Press." (Associated Press)

Gibbs: Hagel 'unimpressive and unprepared' at hearing

Former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he wasn't too impressed with former Sen. Chuck Hagel's performance at his confirmation hearing to become secretary of defense. Published February 3, 2013

**FILE** This image provided by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., shows the packaging for the "Plan B" pill. (Associated Press)

NYC schools hand out 12,721 'morning-after' pills

New York City schools are offering young girls a full menu of birth control options, free of parental counsel, thanks to an unpublicized project by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. Published February 3, 2013

Emergency personnel respond at the scene of one of a mile-long series of crashes along Interstate 75 near the Springwells exit on the southwest side of Detroit Thursday, Jan. 31. At least three people are dead, including two children, and 20 more were injured in the pileups. (Associated Press)

Whiteout conditions cause deadly 30-car pileup in Detroit

Whiteout conditions and slick roads lead to the deaths of two children and one adult in a 30-car pileup in Detroit. The two children who were killed appeared to be siblings, police said. The boy, 6, died on the scene and the girl, 9, died after being rushed to a nearby hospital. Published January 31, 2013

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Walmart ammo runs prompt three-box sale limit

Walmart has announced that customers will now be restricted to purchasing only three boxes of ammunition per person, per day. A spokesman cited a shortage as the reason for the restrictions, not political pressure. Published January 31, 2013

In this image made from video and released by WSB-TV, authorities investigate the scene of a school shooting on Jan 31, 2013 in Atlanta. Authorities say a 14-year-old has been wounded in a shooting at an Atlanta middle school and a suspect has been taken into custody. Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos says the wounded student has been taken "alert, conscious and breathing" to Grady Hospital. (Associated Press/WSB-TV)

Teen wounded in Atlanta school shooting

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the neck at an Atlanta middle school after a fellow student opened fire, authorities said. Published January 31, 2013