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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

EPA rules kill Texas power plant, 3,900 jobs

Environmental Protection Agency regulations are snuffing out another power plant, Chase Power announced Wednesday, killing its $3 billion Corpus Christi, Texas, coal project and 3,900 prospective jobs. Published January 27, 2013

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Agencia RBS)

At least 232 dead in Brazilian nightclub fire

A fire early Sunday at a crowded Brazilian nightclub set off a stampede killing at least 232 people. It appears to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Published January 27, 2013

NRA boycott of outdoors show shuts it down

America's largest sports and outdoors show was postponed Thursday after the NRA issued a boycott, following the event's ban on "modern sporting rifles," or semi-automatic rifles. Published January 24, 2013

**FILE** Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister of the Gaza Strip, delivers a speech in front of portraits of the late Iranian revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (left), and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a visit to Tehran on Feb. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

Hamas to establish military academy for Gaza children

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced Thursday that Gaza will establish a new military academy, the first of its kind, to prepare children for the "phase of liberating Palestine." Published January 24, 2013

**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

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'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

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife gave a nonprofit $400 million to pay election workers, train poll workers and rent polling locations for the Nov. 3 vote in various states. (Associated Press/File)

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