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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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                          Julian Marley SAN JUAN – Julian Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, has released a song celebrating the decriminalization of marijuana in Jamaica as a liberating experience. The song, “Lemme go,” focuses on how the amendment to the 1948 Dangerous Drugs Act benefits Rastafarians, who consider smoking marijuana

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Caribbean corals have declined by about 50 percent in the past 50 years. In 2005, coral reefs in the Virgin Islands were severely impacted by high temperatures and disease. “Coastal pollution, storms, and warm water can stress a coral out, which is why we’re looking at what’s

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“Land of Love and Drowning” (Riverhead Books), by Tiphanie Yanique CHARLOTTE AMALIE – For the people on the U.S. mainland, if they think about the U.S. Virgin Islands at all, they think of rum punches, tropical resorts and hurricanes. Tiphanie Yanique’s debut novel, “Land of Love and Drowning,” is a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Police Department announced the arrests of three people on St. Thomas last week in a prepared statement released late Monday afternoon. Here are the incidents that were reported, according to the VIPD: On Thursday, July 16 at 1 p.m., units with the Criminal Investigation

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FREDERIKSTED – A 25-year-old Estate Castle Burke man was arrested late Saturday night on an illegal weapons possession charge, according to police. William Libert was arrested at 11:35 p.m. on July 18 and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, police said. According to the police report, Libert had been

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  Washington (DPA) – The Cuban flag was raised over Cuba’s embassy in Washington Monday as the two countries resumed diplomatic relations for the first time in more than half a century. A colour guard unfurled the flag over what until Monday had been the Cuban Interests Section to applause

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  TORONTO – Everything you need to follow along with prelims live during the 2015 Pan American Games. Hit refresh for the latest coverage. Men’s 100 back Brazil’s Guilherme Guido looks to be the clear favorite in the men’s 100-meter back finals at the Pan American Games after a swift preliminary swim.

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  MIAMI — Mayra Rios didn’t want to leave her native Puerto Rico. But the constant bullying that her autistic son faced at school and the lack of services available to him were the last blow. “Over there it’s almost impossible to live,” she said in Spanish at her modest two-bedroom

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  NAIROBI — Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party has notified the police its intention to mobilize 5,000 men and women to protest naked against President Barack Obama’s aggressive support for homosexuality”. The party said it has already notified the authorities for protest scheduled to…

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  Oskar Rodriguez can usually be found busting a move and breaking a sweat as a backup dancer for artists such as Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, but now he’ll be centered stage as he stars in the new season of HULU’s original series “East Los High.” Born and raised

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