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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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         Michael Morton of St. Thomas TALLAHASSEE – Before Dante Martin, Caleb Jackson and Robert Champion became household names, there was Michael Morton of St. Thomas. In the spring of 2006, Morton had it all. Weeks from graduating from Florida A&M University with a degree in engineering on a full-ride

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Former HOVENSA refinery on the South Shore OPEN IT UP The glut of crude oil in the U.S. could see the reopening of an oil refinery that’s been closed for three years, writes The Wall Street Journal’s Alison Sider. The HOVENSA refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands was one of the

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WASHINGTON – Pesticide use in homes may increase the risk of children developing leukemia or lymphoma, a new report suggests. Researchers combined data from 16 earlier studies that had compared pesticide exposure between children who developed leukemia or lymphoma and those who did not. These studies estimated the level of

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                  Amari Stroy of Union City, Georgia CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal judge sentenced a 23-year-old Georgia woman to less than a year in prison for marijuana possession, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Amari Stroy of Union City, Ga.

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MIAMI – At least 4,000 pounds of recently-seized drugs, worth some $11 million, was offloaded Friday by the Coast Guard at its base in Miami Beach. According to the Coast Guard, the 559 pounds of cocaine and 3,662 pounds of marijuana were confiscated during two separate seizures earlier this month

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               Judy Jai of “Bad Girls Club” FALMOUTH, Jamaica – It is being reported that reality television star Judith Jackson was kicked off Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas after “getting into an altercation” with her travel companion. Judi Jai was on Season 7 of the “Bad Girls Club” and

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – It has become increasingly evident that the Caribbean’s two new, high-profile franchise tournaments, the West Indies Cricket Board’s first-class Professional Cricket League (PCL) and the privately financed and organized Caribbean Premier League (CPL), cannot comfortably coexist. Conde Riley, head of the PCL Barbados franchise, maintained last week

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                   Overland Park, Kansas OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — If you are island-hopping through the Caribbean, your world just expanded with Sprint. New regional destinations have been added to the free Sprint Open World add-on service, giving customers unlimited free texting and great rates on calls and high-speed data.  For customers traveling

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                      Gov. Kenneth Mapp NEW YORK – Gov. Kenneth Mapp left the territory on September 3 and went to New York for a culture fest in the park and a parade in the city — and he apparently made quite an impression — because he was still making news long after he left the Big

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                             Jimmy Buffett PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — There’s an alpaca farm in Idaho where baby alpacas roam about with names such as “Son of a Sailor” and “Hula Girl.” When the city of Pascagoula announced it would honor native Pascagoulan Jimmy Buffett by dedicating a bridge in his name and giving

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