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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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  A SCHIZEPHRENIC SOUTHERN SPLINTER STATE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG FLIES AT FULL STAFF THE VIEW FROM THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   By JOHN McCARTHY/Virgin Islands Free Press   There’s no denying it. South Carolina has a violent and racist past, with some tolerance mixed in. The mere name “South Carolina”

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Magens Bay Beach in St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Legend has it that Sir Francis Drake regularly anchored in Magens Bay with its spectacular white-sand beaches. The 16th Century privateer also reportedly hung out on the hillsides above Magens Bay in order to spot approaching Spanish galleons filled with gold

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The list of Virgin Islanders who have played Major League Baseball is about to grow to twelve. Akeel Morris, a right-hander from St. Thomas, was promoted from Single A Port St. Lucie to the New York Mets active roster Monday. Morris, 22, is 0-1 with a 1.69

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CHRISTIANSTED – The St. Croix Archeological Society has recently been given a collection of 54 pre-Columbian artifacts, according to archeologist David Hayes. The collection was donated to the society by the family of Dick Richards of Frederiksted, who collected most of the artifacts in the 1940s and 1950s, Hayes said.

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Business NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Platinum Luxury Auctions, an elite auction firm specializing in the sale of non-distressed, multimillion-dollar properties, is offering two luxurious Caribbean estates at separate, live auctions that will be held on June 13, 2015. Platinum will first offer an oceanfront estate located in the heart of world famous

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Business NewsGovernment House NewsSt. Thomas NewsTerritorial Affairs

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The outlook is bleak for Virgin Islands bond bearers and bankruptcy is not an option for the government agency Gov. Kenneth Mapp used to manage before becoming governor, according to the Fitch Ratings by Berkshire Hathaway. The Fitch Ratings determined that there is $765.8 million in outstanding

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Environmental NewsSt. Croix NewsSt. Thomas NewsTerritorial Affairs

CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) secured a key permit May 20 necessary to move forward with a mid-July commissioning of a St Croix power plant conversion project that will use propane as its feedstock. WAPA said it filed for the marine work permit with the

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British Virgin Islands News

ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA, BVI – The ruling party of the British Virgin Islands has won the general election in one of the world’s top offshore trust jurisdictions, according to preliminary results released this week. Officials said the National Democratic Party secured at least seven of 13 parliament seats, including two

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Government House NewsSt. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas NewsTerritorial Affairs

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp says he has renounced his state-funded residence on the island of St. Thomas out of economic concerns. Mapp made the announcement in a statement May 30 following public criticism of government expenditures. The government paid $14,500 a month plus $50,000 in incidental expenses to

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Crime NewsSt. Croix News

CHRISTIANSTED – Police are asking for your help to find a 24-year-old St. Croix man wanted in connection with a domestic assault, according to the VIPD. Akeem Herbert is wanted for first-degree burglary, grand larceny, aggravated assault and battery-domestic violence, police said. Herbert is a black male, with a dark

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