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Puerto Rico athlete booted from Pan Am Games for doping

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         Nelson Gomez of Puerto Rico

Four athletes — three baseball players and a weightlifter — have been thrown out of the Pan Am Games for doping infractions but not the swimmer whose banishment would benefit Canada’s medal total. Mexican weightlifter Cynthya Vanessa Dominguez, Colombian baseball player Javier Jesus Ortiz Anguol and Puerto Rican baseball player Nelson Gomez were banned for using…

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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