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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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CHRISTIANSTED — A Dominican Republic bar owner was shot to death at the Peace and Love Bar on Market Street in downtown on Thursday night. Juana Mateo Perez, 42, of Santo Domingo was identified as the woman shot to death when an unidentified masked man ran into the bar and

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FREDERIKSTED — John H. Woodson and Arthur A. Richards Junior High schools will resume classes on Tuesday following the results of air samples collected at their shared Woodson campus indicating moderate and elevated levels of mold spores in limited areas of the campus. Following the collection of 55 air samples

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A teenage girl who ran away from Seaview Adolescent facility 11 days ago has been found safe and sound by authorities. Hilary Paris, 16, of Bolongo Bay was found in the rear of The Knolls at Contant sometime after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man on a bicycle was shot in the leg in Estate Thomas on Tuesday night. The shot man was taken by private vehicle to the Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment. The victim told police he was riding his bike on the sidewalk between

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CHICAGO — RxBar is recalling more than a dozen of its protein bar flavors that may pose a threat to consumers with peanut allergies. The company announced Tuesday that there may be undeclared peanuts in the following varieties with “best by” dates ranging between Jan. 14, 2019, and Oct. 19,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man allegedly shot his girlfriend in the face Tuesday night then rushed her to the hospital in her car and called police to say they’d been the victims of a phantom robbery. Elijah Henry, 28, of Charlotte Amalie, was arrested at Oswald Harris Court

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police officers from the Special Operations Bureau were conducting a traffic initiative on Queen Mary Highway in the vicinity of the Sunny Isle Shopping Center when they stopped a vehicle with no registration sticker.  When officers asked a St. Croix man for his driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett will preside over the U.S. House of Representatives today. As Speaker pro tempore, Plaskett will manage debate on the House Floor. Plaskett was sworn in to her third term as the U.S. Representative for the Virgin Islands. Delegate Plaskett has recently been appointed Senior Whip

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A teacher at Lockhart Elementary School introduced her students to the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) bins on Monday. If a student finishes an assignment quickly they have the opportunity to select one of 16 STEM bins, each containing various STEM activities, to keep

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PORT-AU-PRINCE — A teenage boy died after falling from an eighth-floor balcony of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Haiti. The 16-year-old was trying to enter his room on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise ship through a nearby balcony on Friday when he slipped and fell to his

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