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John McCarthy

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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                  Alvery Smith in his office             CHARLOTTE AMALIE – If you want to send your money via MoneyGram, you only have three options left in the territory – and they’re all in St. Thomas. Hard on the heels of recent closures of money transfer facilities in some other Caribbean islands,

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        Hurricane Fred projected path MIAMI – Tropical Storm Fred strengthened to a hurricane as it approaches the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean today. But it is starting so far north at 16.1 latitude that it is not projected to impact the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The U.S.

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Hugo V. Hodge Jr. sitting as his desk at WAPA CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. said everyone in the territory should have electricity by now – so “just stop complaining.” Hodge said “good and steady progress” was made in bringing

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Art NewsAt VIFreepHumanitarian NewsSt. Croix News

   Peter Jackson of St. Croix CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Black celebrities of the 19th Century were shown some of the same courtesies as their white counterparts. And it is their rare, distinctive portraits that are starting to get the attention of people on the U.S. mainland. Especially St. Croix’s first

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At VIFreepSports NewsSt. John News

Juwan Thompson scores winning touchdown DENVER – On the strength of a one-yard touchdown run by Juwan Thompson of St. Croix, the Denver Broncos picked up a 19-12 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Saturday night at Sports Authority Field. Taking the ball at his own 20-yard line, Brock Osweiler

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At VIFreepMilitary NewsNational NewsSt. Croix News

Frank E. Petersen, Jr. in 1968 Frank E. Petersen Jr., who suffered bruising racial indignities as a military enlistee in the 1950s and was even arrested at an officers’ club on suspicion of impersonating a lieutenant, but who endured to become the first black aviator and the first black general

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsCrime NewsSt. Thomas News

   Alvin McBean Ballpark in St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A woman said she was grazed by a bullet as she exited her vehicle near the Alvin McBean Ballpark about midnight Friday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call at 12 a.m.

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Subway Restaurant in Orange Grove Friday CHRISTIANSTED – For the second time in three weeks, a fast food restaurant on Miracle Mile was robbed at gunpoint by two masked men, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to the Subway restaurant in Estate Orange

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         Estate Hermon Hill in St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED – A man was kidnapped and held hostage in his own home in Estate Hermon Hill Friday night, according ot the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to a house in Hermon Hill after a burglary was

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At VIFreepEnvironmental NewsSt. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas News

             Sue Parten CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An engineer who specializes in waste management has written to the 31st Legislature asking it to address the “urgent planning and infrastructure management needs” that have been brought on by the worst drought since 1951. Sue Parten, the principal engineer of Community Environmental Services

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