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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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  NOMINEE: Vince Danet CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Senate Committee on Rules, chaired by Sen. Kenneth Gittens of St. Croix, voted today to hold prominent Tea Party member Vince Danet’s nomination to the board of the Public Services Commission in committee for further review. But the Senate sent Gov. Kenneth

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        MISSING: Nina Guandolo CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police say they continue to investigate the fatal shooting death of Kadeem John on St. Thomas that occurred on Dec. 10, 2015 in Contant Knolls. Police received a report of a shooting at 11:45 p.m. and found John had sustained

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By GEOFFREY GILLER/HAKAI MAGAZINE If you want to know where someone comes from, you might listen to how they speak. Their accent or use of particular words may give you clues to their provenance. As it turns out, the same is true for whales. In a new study, scientists show

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                      Gov. Kenneth Mapp SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico has always gotten the most attention among the U.S. territories. It’s the most-populous, most-indebted, most-proximate to the U.S. mainland and most-vocal in pressing the case for bankruptcy. Now, officials from the

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Soraya Diase Coffelt, JD, MJS By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS HAVANA – Today is the second day of my visit to Cuba. We began with a walking tour of old Havana and observed buildings that had been newly renovated as well as buildings that were under

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 LIFE IN PRISON: Elvin Wrensford CHRISTIANSTED – A 30-year-old St. Croix man was sentenced to life behind bars by a federal judge after being convicted of the shooting death of Gilbert Hendricks Jr. following an argument near a La Grande Princesse car wash in 2012. Elvin Wrensford was sentenced to

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Committe Chairman Sen. Marvin Blyden CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Committee on Housing, Public Works and Waste Management met today in the Legislature on St. Thomas to take testimony about VITRAN, VITRAN Plus and Americans With Disabilities compliance by VITRAN. Committee Chairman Sen. Marvin Blyden introduced testifiers including the Department of

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       Soraya Diase Coffelt By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS “Cuba is a land of beauty and complexities.” That’s how our tour guide initially described Cuba to us, a group of 31 persons from divergent areas in the United States who made this trip to

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Global health emergencies understandably stoke fear, panic and wild claims. Exaggerations about Ebola were PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year. And now rumors about Zika, a virus linked to birth defects, are taking the Internet by storm. One of the claims goes something like this: Zika is caused by genetically

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MADRID – The world’s largest miller/trader of rice is leaving the territory, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Ebro Foods has offloaded rice businesses in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to a terse statement from the company. The Spain-based group said Feb. 2 that it had sold

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