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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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WILLEMSTED – Three members of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and one former member were arrested by Curacao authorities Wednesday following a corruption investigation on the island. The four men are suspected of providing assistance to criminals involved in drug trafficking and face charges that include corruption, money laundering and

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Judge J. Paul Oetken CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands urged the Second Circuit this month to affirm a New York district court’s dismissal of an $84 million tax refund suit filed by an oil refinery, saying that its tax laws are distinct and it has exclusive jurisdiction over such

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JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and military partners supporting Joint Interagency Task Force South, including the U.S. Coast Guard, thwarted an attempt by drug traffickers to transport over 690 pounds of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea. Joint Interagency Task Force South oversees

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SANTO DOMINGO — Dominican authorities say at least 11 people have died and over 70 have been injured when two buses collided between two eastern resort towns. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the buses were carrying employees of the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort and the Coco Bongo nightclub. Authority spokesman

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SAN JUAN — U.S. Coast Guard rescue teams are combing the Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Rico in search of a Chilean man reported missing from a cargo vessel traveling through our region. Coast Guard officials say the missing man was identified as Luis Leyva Aliaga, 62, a first engineer aboard

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The mosquito-borne virus chikungunya can cause severe and potentially fatal brain infection in some patients, particularly infants and people older than 65, according to a new report. A 2005-2006 chikungunya outbreak on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, sickened more than 300,000 people. It also provided the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 34-year-old St. Thomas man being treated in the hospital for a gunshot wound to the buttocks did not want to explain to police how it was that he got shot early Wednesday morning. Police said that they were notified about 7 a.m. on Wednesday that a

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SAN JUAN – A Puerto Rican pilot decided to land his small plane in a grassy area next to a McDonald’s in northern town of Hatillo to buy himself and his passenger a coffee, island authorities confirmed Wednesday. The Puerto Rican Police said that personnel with the Puerto Rico Joint

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CHRISTIANSTED – There was no change in the number of service stations with the lowest price for gasoline, according to the latest survey of gas stations by the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs. Two service stations on St. Croix currently have a price of $2.679 per gallon for self-service

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Ashford Hospitality Prime purchased the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Thomas for $64 million on Tuesday, according to a joint statement from the real estate investment trust and the Maryland-based luxury hotel. Located on 30 pristine oceanfront acres along Great Bay, The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is recognized as

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