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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.

St. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas News

  Mick Jagger famously said you’ll never make a saint of him. But plenty of Caribbean islands vied for the saintly destination name. Christopher Columbus named the Virgin Islands after St. Ursula and the 10,000 virgins, but only the virgin part stuck. The New York Post did a rundown of the

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Business NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – DirecTV has increased the number of commercials in rotation that feature Virgin Islands supermodel Hannah Davis. Davis replaced actor Rob Lowe as the public face of DirecTV in April in commercials that are currently airing both locally and nationally. The commercials were shot in St. Thomas and show the

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British Virgin Islands NewsCrime News

ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA, BVI – A suspected drug smuggler was shot and killed by U.S. agents during a chase off the British Virgin Islands, federal officials said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said its agents were fired upon late Sunday night in the waters of the British Caribbean territory as

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Breaking NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Juan José Santovena flew out of Cuba on a plane bound for Panama one day in March, the beginning of a long journey to rejoin his son, Hansell, who lives in Hialeah, Florida. Santovena is now stranded in the Virgin Islands, one of 20 Cuban migrants whose

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Environmental NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials might take control of some mismanaged Virgin Islands environmental programs that allowed issues such as bacteria-infected drinking water, a watchdog group reported.  The territory for years has neglected duties required by its millions of dollars in grants, such as monitoring water and

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Crime NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The devoted parents allegedly stabbed to death by their adopted Russian son while on a St. Thomas vacation recently let a restraining order against the boy lapse before deciding to take him with them, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Mikhail Young — who went by the names

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St. John NewsTerritorial Affairs

  CRUZ BAY – People magazine, U.S. News & World Report, NBC News and many other national and international news organizations have reported that the two Delaware teenagers poisoned while vacationing in St. John remain in critical condition. Sean Esmond, 16, and Ryan Esmond, 14, were sickened by a banned

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Military NewsSt. Croix NewsTerritorial Affairs

CHRISTIANSTED – A Virgin Islands National Guard soldier pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Estate Golden Rock to charges of wire fraud, theft of government money and making false statements to the government. U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon set a trial date of June 22 for 37-year-old VING

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St. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Parts of downtown St. Thomas are going to the birds – pigeons that is. And St. Thomas Sen. Jean Forde has a better idea of what to do about it. During the confirmation hearing for Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner designee Dawn Henry last week, Forde asked

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St. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A TSA agent who faked cancer for five years, taking nine months’ worth of paid sick days for made-up surgeries and radiation is originally from St. Thomas. Security officer Marc Bess was arrested in Atlanta for stealing public money and was fired from his taxpayer-supported government job

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