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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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MIAMI — There could be some major changes to U.S. airline traffic between the United States and the Caribbean and Latin America. With a booming middle class in Latin America and a strong dollar, U.S. airlines are opening up more hubs to service the two regions in the coming years, according

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Edwina Louis (left) in an Ohio courtroom PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – A grandmother who lived in the Virgin Islands will spend the rest of her life in jail after being found guilty of the rape of her own grandchildren. Edwina Louis, 53, will spend life behind bars after she was sentenced

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CHRISTIANSTED – The pristine white beaches may not be as famous as those of the Virgin Islands, but their unspoiled beauty makes them a haven for locals and tourists alike. But now the shimmering coastlines of western Africa are being destroyed by a mysterious brown seaweed which scientists link to

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SAN JUAN – A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a five-count indictment charging four convicted felons with conspiring to rob a police firing range of its weapons in 2010 – and when they pulled it off it was the biggest weapons heist in Puerto Rico history, according to U.S.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Beaches near some of the most expensive vacation properties on St. Thomas remain unfit for swimming or fishing for the second week in a row, according to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources. DPNR said today that Frenchman’s Bay and Bolongo Bay remain unsafe due

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       Jet ski “accident” in the Bahamas NASSAU – The U.S. State Department has issued a “critical” crime warning on The Bahamas after American tourists have been targeted for rape, kidnapping and murder, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The State Department charged that Bahamian water sports rentals are

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U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez SAN JUAN – Carlos Juan Cruz-Rivera, aka “Cano Llorens,” was found guilty Thursday in federal court of all counts related to gun possession by a convicted felon and carjacking charges, according to U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. U.S. District Court Judge José Fusté presided over the trial

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         U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 47-year-old Mexican national was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for re-entering the United States after previously being deported, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Carlos Salvador Fernandez to 25 months in prison and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two units from the Virgin Islands Fire Services responded to a structural fire on Cecilia Gade at 1:24 p.m., according to the VIFS. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters from Hotel Company saw a two-story residential building fully engulfed in flames, fire services said. It took about

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   Journalist Peter Bailey of St. Thomas NEWARK, Delaware – St. Thomas native Peter Bailey held a frank discussion about race relations in the United States at his alma mater in which he said the issue is of race is of “critical” importance to the nation right now. Bailey shared

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