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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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HIGH TIME FOR HIGH PRAISE: The youngest member ever of the Barbados Economics Society says that Gov. Kenneth Mapp is pulling all the right strings to get the economy fine tuned in short order. BARBADOS — Respected Caribbean economist Jeremy Stephen praised the U.S. Virgin Islands government’s recent efforts to correct the

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SANTO DOMINGO — The New York City Health Department announced Thursday that it has identified a cluster of Mycobacterium abscessus/chelonae skin/soft tissue infections associated with cosmetic surgery performed in the Dominican Republic. There have been eight cases identified in New York City and two in Connecticut this year. All 10

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THREE TIMES IS NOT A CHARM: For Water Bay beach in St. Thomas, which has failed to meet established water quality standards three weeks in a row, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should

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 ARRESTED: Richard Ireland CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who police said shot and stabbed his ex-girlfriend when he saw her at a local gas station was arrested on Thursday after he turned himself to authorities. Richard “Frankie”Ireland, 52, of Altona, faces charges of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless

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ARRESTED: Adam Mason on St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED — As first reported in the Virgin Islands Free Press, the Bank of St. Croix in Peter’s Rest was held up by a lone gunman early Thursday morning who was captured by police less than a mile away from the site of the

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BANK OF ST. CROIX: Unlike at most banks in the territory, the tellers at the Gallows Bay branch of the bank are not protected by bullet-proof glass. CHRISTIANSTED — The bank that has been held up more times than any other in the history of the territory — added another

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SANTO DOMINGO — The discovery of a dismembered body of a woman this week in the Dominican Republic has put the spotlight on high levels of femicides in a country where one woman has been killed every two days in June alone. The victim was Dominga Bautista Lora, 35, whose

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STORMY WEATHER: The skies threatened on St. Croix for two days but never produced much moisture. Here is a picture from taken on Miracle Mile in Estate Golden Rock on Tuesday. CHRISTIANSTED — If you thought that the skies above St. Croix looked a little more gray than normal on

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ARRESTED: Syed Zain Gilani at the Boston offices of Safr in Massachusetts on Friday afternoon. BOSTON — The attorney for the man accused of being the mastermind of a five-year $2 million scam that allegedly defrauded the Virgin Islands government of Real ID funds says that his arrests on territorial

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ACCUSED OF OFFICIAL CORRUPTION BY V.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL WALKER: Jerris Browne CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Justice said Monday that it has filed public corruption charges against two former Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials and a local business owner, in relation to issues connected to the implementation

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