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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 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

President Obama listens to reporters' questions in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Poll: Obama unites Texans — on impeachment

The left-leaning Public Policy Polling has found an overwhelming support from Texas Republicans to impeach President Obama, including 30 percent of the state's Hispanics. Shockingly, 12 percent of Democrats are in favor of ousting the newly reelected president. Published January 31, 2013

** FILE ** U.S. skeet shooter Vincent Hancock fires July 31, 2012, during the men's skeet event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Hancock finished first to win the gold medal. (Associated Press)

Source: Obama went skeet shooting twice at most

President Obama has only been skeet shooting twice at most, according to a source who has been to Camp David on at least a half-dozen trips with President Obama. Published January 31, 2013

Tennessean employee Joel Procter takes photographs of the what is left of the building where he was working on Wednesday, Jan 30. 2013, in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. A tornado tore through businesses and stores in Mount Juliet early Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Shelley Mays)

2 dead after storms sweep the Southeast

A massive storm swept through the Southeast Wednesday, generating tornadoes that flipped cars on a Georgia highway, destroyed homes and killed at least two people. Published January 31, 2013

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith folds under the pressure of a hit by St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar on Nov. 11, 2012. Smith later left the game with a concussion.

MSNBC agrees: Government needs to regulate football

An MSNBC panel on Alex Wagner's "Now" all nodded in approval Wednesday to a statement by the president in an interview with the New Republic that the federal government needs to regulate the violence in football. Published January 30, 2013