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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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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Aircraft have returned to the southeastern Bahamas to resume the search for a U.S. cargo ship with 33 people on board that got caught in Hurricane Joaquin. The Category 4 storm ripped off roofs, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding as it hurled torrents of rain across

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Denison Yacht Sales of Florida has opened its second office in the Caribbean, a sign of the rebound underway in the boating industry. The company launched a locale on St. Thomas at American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook, on the island’s East End. The new office is

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                     Gov. Kenneth Mapp CHRISTIANSTED – When the Virgin Islands slapped Hess. Corp. with a $1.5 billion suit last month accusing the oil company of shuttering a refinery it had promised to run through 2022, it didn’t also mention that it had already sued PDVSA for $3.8 billion the month before.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Virgin Islands champion fighter Julius “The Chef” Jackson will square off in a middleweight clash that headlines Jackson against Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui in a Premier Boxing Champions Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays clash on October 6 in San Antonio, Texas. Julius “The Chef” Jackson, a 2008 Olympian and undefeated power-puncher (19-0, 15

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FREDERIKSTED – A middle-aged black man was shot and killed near a parochial school early this morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police at 5:51 a.m. today to Estate Prince’s Quarter in a Mt. Pleasant West subdivision below the St. Joseph’s Catholic

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FREDERIKSTED – A 21-year-old man walking out of a Frederiksted housing community early this morning survived being shot by a person driving a car who pulled up alongside him, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. An off-duty police officer called dispatch at 9:44 a.m. today to say that he

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           Juwan Thompson of St. Croix DENVER—No one told Juwan Thompson what was wrong. Or if they did, he wasn’t listening. And he didn’t ask. The Denver Broncos’ backup running back was a full participant at practice Wednesday, an impressive feat given the neck injury he suffered on a goal

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Nearly 80 percent of the firearms recovered from Virgin Islanders are from people aged 18 to 30, according to the latest statistics made available by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The average age of someone possessing an illegal firearm in the Virgin Islands is

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Police Athletic League, under the direction of the Crime Prevention Bureau of the Virgin Islands Police Department, is pleased to announce the beginning of the Police Athletic League (PAL) After School Program. The PAL After School Program will start on Monday October 5 at the Police Athletic

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – There is a new benefits advisor in the Veterans Administration Clinic on St. Thomas, according to the V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA). The advisor will be available Monday through Friday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm to assist veterans needing assistance with initiating claims and checking

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