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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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PUERTO PLATA — It was Darryl Fornatora’s Christmas present to himself — a seven-day vacation in the Dominican Republican surfing the waters off the picturesque Caribbean island. But the 46-year-old Fornatora, of Palm Beach, Fla., never made his flight home — and nearly a month after his Jan. 27 disappearance,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Airline bookings to the U.S. Virgin Islands have dropped sharply since health warnings were first issued for the territory on January 22, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. In the one month since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put a travel alert on

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CHRISTIANSTED – A federal judge sentenced a 25-year-old St. Croix man on Thursday to more than two years of additional prison time after transmitting a threat from his prison cell over social media to a woman who had a restraining order against him. Kamoui Francis was given 27 months in

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CRUZ BAY – Three beaches on St. John have been deemed unfit for swimming or fishing after water quality testing by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). DPNR said Friday afternoon that Oppenheimer beach, Frank Bay and Cruz Bay should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen because the

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Shereesha Richards trots to center court as she and her University at Albany teammates prepare for the start of a league home game against New Hampshire. Seconds after winning the opening tip, the 6-foot-1 Richards curls in along the baseline, corrals a pass and banks in a shot

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture invites persons who are interested in putting their fruit orchards on a fruit farm tour scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. The farm was supported by Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program funding. Persons are asked to meet at

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   PR Health Secretary Ana Ruis SAN JUAN – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Tuesday that blood should no longer be collected from regions where the Zika virus is circulating, and that blood needed for transfusions be obtained from areas of the country without active transmission. Following the

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The Zika virus might be more damaging to a fetus than research to this point has previously suggested, potentially causing a range of life-threatening birth defects, a new report says. The stillborn baby of a 20-year-old Brazilian woman infected with Zika had almost no brain tissue, which is a birth

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SENTENCED: Tequan Joseph CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 23-year-old St. Thomas man was sentenced in federal court today to nearly three years in prison for admitting to trying to smuggle guns with obliterated serial numbers into the territory. Tequan Joseph was given 34 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man told police that when he stopped to pee in rush hour traffic on Wednesday, armed robbers left  him standing where he was with only his private parts in his hand. The man told authorities at 4:26 p.m. on Wednesday that he had gone

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