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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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FAT ‘N SHORT OR IT: The U.S. Virgin Islands also has the shortest and fattest cops per capita than any jurisdiction in the territory. Cops in the territory could not run down a heroin junkie on crack. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) will be able to

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TOXIC RESORT: Sirenusa Resort’s Villa Capri in St. John cost multiple thousands of dollars per day to stay there before the methyl bromide accident — now it is $150 per night. CRUZ BAY — Terminix has agreed to pay a total of $10 million in criminal fines and other payments

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MASTER PITCHER: Rooney Williams of Gallows Bay describes one of the scenes from his life in baseball. CHRISTIANSTED — Someday you might see Rooney Williams sitting at Seaside Market & Deli eating breakfast. Williams wears blue jeans, a white t-shirt, dark sunglasses (he needs cataract surgery) and has a little

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WASHINGTON — The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were left out of the latest congressional money merry-go-round. The $44 billion President Donald Trump asked Congress for is for Texas and Florida. White House officials said that they need more time to do the due diligence on the territory’s and commonwealth’s

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GREASE FACTOR: Gov. Kenneth Mapp did not distance himself from Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello or his island’s many problems … the result is that we all lose. It is thought to be the first time Mapp was ever out-slimed by a fellow politician. WASHINGTON — The White House on

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GENTLE WINDS CONDOMINIUMS: Near St. Croix’s historic Salt River on the North Shore. CHRISTIANSTED — One of the biggest single location short-term rental properties on St. Croix says that the government of the Virgin Islands is missing out hotel room taxes to the tune of about $100,000 per month. Gentle

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WASHINGTON — Maybe we’ll have the change the name of the territory to “East Samoa.” That’s because Virgin Islands the fattest people in the Caribbean per capita than any other country or territory in the region. Whether you look to our chief executive Gov. Kenneth Mapp — or his hand-picked

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Number Two man at the Department of Interior — the federal government agency that has oversight authority over the territories — will arrive in St. Croix this afternoon, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, will be here after first

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The commissioner of tourism admitted that the government pushed to get St. Thomas ready ahead of St. John and St. Croix to try to protect its biggest NGO industry –tourism. Beverly Nicholson-Doty told Travel Agent in a recent interview that St. Thomas got priority to give the territory a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said that one beaches on St. Thomas and one beach on St. Croix are not considered safe

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