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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 ** The New York Police Department assigned thousands of extra patrols to Times Square last year on New Year’s Eve to control the crowd and watch for any signs of trouble. (Associated Press)

Cuffed kid lands NYPD in $250 million court case

A couple Bronx cops hauled a 7-year-old boy out of his classroom, handcuffed him and interrogated him for 10 hours all over a dispute involving $5, the boy's parents are charging. The ordeal has resulted in a $250 million lawsuit. Published January 30, 2013

**FILE** Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore talks during an interview on Jan. 29, 2013, in New York. Gore, who takes aim in his new book at the corporate media for "suffocating the free flow of ideas," defended the sale of his own television channel to Al-Jazeera. (Associated Press)

Letterman queries Gore on sale to ‘ultimate foe’

Climate change crusader Al Gore has been thrust into the spotlight once again since selling his news channel Current TV to Al-Jazeera of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. Published January 30, 2013

** FILE ** Neil Heslin, holding a picture of himself with son Jesse, testifies before a legislative subcommittee hearing on gun laws in Hartford, Conn., on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

MSNBC ‘reviewing’ selectively edited Newtown heckling video

MSNBC's anti-gun Martin Bashir posted a video on his website Tuesday night titled "Emotional father of Sandy Hook victim heckled by gun nuts." It has come to light, however, that the video was selectively edited and the father wasn't heckled at all. Published January 30, 2013

A Shippensburg University vending machine provides an emergency contraceptive pill for $25 along with condoms and pregnancy tests. (Associated Press)

FDA to college: Carry on with morning-after pill vending machines

Controversy has surrounded Shippensburg University, in Pennsylvania, ever since it decided to provide Plan B, commonly referred to as the "morning-after pill," in a college campus vending machine along with condoms and other forms of birth control. Published January 30, 2013

A child laughs as she passes by a smog-shrouded residential district in Beijing on Jan. 29, 2013. Extremely high pollution levels shrouded eastern China for the second time in about two weeks, forcing airlines in Beijing and elsewhere to cancel flights because of poor visibility and prompting government warnings for residents to stay indoors. (Associated Press)

Canned fresh air for sale in China amid smog

A Chinese entrepreneur looks to make bank by selling cans of fresh air in response to debilitating smog that is blanketing the streets of Beijing. Published January 29, 2013

**FILE** This 2003 photo originally released by Interstate Bakeries Corporation shows Twinkies cream-filled snack cakes. Twinkies first came onto the scene in 1930 and contained real fruit until rationing during World War II led to the vanilla cream Twinkie. (Associated Press/Interstate Bakeries Corporation via PRNewsFoto)

Hostess bidders win the $400 million pie

Hostess is set to announce that it has picked two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management — as its highest bidders for Twinkies and its other snack cakes. The offer, which could be disclosed as early as Tuesday, would reportedly be for more than $400 million. Published January 29, 2013

The Detroit skyline (AP Photo)

Motor City utopia: Detroit developer plans to create free market island

While the city of Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy, one developer sees an opportunity that can bring the city back to prosperity. Developer Rodney Lockwood wants Detroit to sell the city's Belle Isle Park for $1 billion to private investors who will then transform it into a utopia free of big government. Published January 29, 2013

President Obama waves as he exits Air Force One upon his arrival at McCarran International Airport Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Obama’s Vegas immigration pitch estimated to cost $1.6 million

President Obama chartered Air Force One from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Tuesday to give a speech on immigration — a 9-hour round trip for a photo-op in Sin City that is expected to cost taxpayers over $1.6 million. Published January 29, 2013