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John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

At VIFreepSports NewsSt. Thomas News

           Leonard Warner of St. Thomas ATLANTA – Brookwood junior high school football player Leonard Warner is one of the top players for the Class of 2017 in the state of Georgia, but he currently has Alabama atop his list of schools on his personal Twitter page. Warner said the schools he

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Jews from Denmark first arrived on the white beaches of what is now St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands — a tiny speck off the coast of Puerto Rico — in the mid-17th century. These were descendants of a Jewish population that had fled Spain for other parts

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At VIFreepPuerto Rico NewsSt. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas NewsTerritorial Affairs

As nearly everyone in the United States knows, there are fifty states. Most also know that the country started with 13 states. In between those two numbers, a lot of states were proposed but never made the final cut for a variety of reasons. Some of them got voted on,

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsCrime NewsSt. Thomas NewsTerritorial Affairs

           Mikhail Brian “Mischa” Young CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The lawyer for a Russian-born man accused of killing his adoptive parents on St. Thomas earlier this year will fight his client’s return to the territory to face murder charges, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Mikhail Brian “Mischa” Young, 24, has

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At VIFreepSt. Croix NewsSt. John NewsSt. Thomas NewsTerritorial Affairs

Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett has announced today that Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina has released $2.1 million in grant funding under the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program to repair public school buildings in the Virgin Islands.

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Art NewsAt VIFreepSt. Croix News

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass. – There was a friend of mine, early on, who said, ‘Paint what you love.’” Andrew Moore leaned against a corner table in his Harthaven gallery, surrounded by his own work on one of the first warm days of the season. Behind him hung a nearly life-sized

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At VIFreepCrime NewsSt. Croix News

CHRISTIANSTED – A Bureau of Corrections employee was arrested for stealing $705 worth of hair weaves from a Peter’s Rest store on Tuesday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Odessa Simon, 31, of Estate Glynn was arrested at 2:33 p.m. on August 4 and charged with grand larceny, the VIPD

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At VIFreepEntertainment NewsSt. Croix News

FREDERIKSTED – The Frederiksted branch of PAL (Police Athletic League) held its End of Summer Blow-Out as the culmination of its 2015 Summer Camp activities in conjunction with National Night Out yesterday evening. The End of Summer Blow-Out was held August 7 at PAL Headquarters located at #59 Estate Whim

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At VIFreepEntertainment NewsSt. Croix News

FREDERIKSTED — Grove Place Weed and Seed along with the Virgin Islands Police Department are hosting a day of Family Kite Flying under the auspices of the National Night Out Initiative. The family fun event will take place on SaturdayAugust 22 at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix

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At VIFreepSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Community And Police Association (CAPA) in conjunction with the Red Hook Community Alliance will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting for residents and commercial establishments in the communities of Red Hook, Nadir, and Frydenhoj on Monday August 10 at 6 p.m., at the Paradise Cove Resort

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