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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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Officials said Carnival Cruise Lines is flying 770 passengers to Puerto Rico after their ship caught in fire in St. Thomas Monday morning. The president of the company that manages the dock where the ship is berthed says six chartered flights were headed Wednesday to Puerto Rico. Joseph

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – After just five days of being in effect – and before Gov. Kenneth Mapp returned from his carnival parade boondoggle in New York City – the second in command has ended the state of emergency declared for the territory. On Wednesday night, Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, acting

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DPW Commissioner Gustav James FREDERIKSTED – The Public Works Department said road work will continue on a part of Route 70 known as Emancipation Drive on Monday. The road repair project stretches from the Hannah’s Rest traffic signal light, in the vicinity of the police headquarters to Claude O. Markoe

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              PriceSmart on St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – PriceSmart, Inc. today announced that for the month of August 2015 net sales increased 12.6% to $232.7 million, from $206.7 million in August a year earlier. For the twelve months ended August 31, 2015, net sales increased 11.3% to $2,721.1 million from

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Tim Duncan of St. Croix has won 5 NBA Titles SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan is 39 years old, but that won’t stop him. He has played 18 seasons and 1,331 career games, yet the wheels haven’t fell off. Last season Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

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              Head Judge Vanessa Williams ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss South Carolina won the swimsuit competition and Miss Iowa won the talent portion of the first night of preliminaries in the Miss America pageant on Tuesday. Daja Dial of South Carolina won the swimsuit contest, while Taylor Wiebers of Iowa won

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           Rainbow Beach in St. Croix FREDERIKSTED – The fourth drowning death on St. Croix in less than 30 days was reported on Labor Day, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Rainbow Beach – located on the island’s West End – to investigate the

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SAN ANTONIO – Tiny hurricane-tracking satellites that are being assembled in a “clean room” at Southwest Research Institute and are the size of carry-on suitcases soon could help scientists better understand dangerous storms and aid forecasters in assessing their destructive threat. Unlike other weather instruments, the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite

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   Julius Jackson of St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – While the Premier Boxing Champions slate of 21 cards on Fox Sports 1 kicks off on Tuesday night (9 ET) in Hollywood, California, with former junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) taking on Joey Hernandez (24-3-1, 14 KOs) in

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Carnival Liberty’s own shipboard sprinkler system extinguished a fire aboard the vessel while it was docked in the St. Thomas harbor, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The fire was first reported at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the engine room of the ship. Carnival Cruises released a statement shortly after the

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