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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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.

2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepNational News

  Donald Trump wants to know what Florida Senator Marco Rubio has to say about a San Francisco woman who may have been killed by a convicted felon with five previous deportations. The New York businessman has come under fire for unfiltered comments on the kinds of criminality that accompanies

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEnvironmental NewsTourism News

  Three species of sea turtles – hawksbill, leatherback and green – make nesting sites on the tiny West Indies island every summer and early fall. And for more than 10 years a group of nesting season volunteers has worked day and night to monitor nests and do everything they

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At VIFreepBusiness NewsCaribbean NewsTourism News

The tiny Caribbean island nation of Grenada, with a population near 100,000, may be a bond investor’s nightmare that could also point to a solution for sovereign nations drowning in debt. Bond holders, including one “vulture investor,” take a 50 percent haircut in sovereign debt Grenada, which was hit by

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsSports News

But Rafa looking for answers after loss to upstart journeyman On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand – and whiffed, accidentally smahsing his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEnvironmental NewsTourism News

  Belize’s Great Blue Hole, one of the top dive sites in the world, could be threatened by offshore drilling after the Caribbean nation’s Ministry of Energy proposed offshore oil exploration in 99 percent of Belize’s waters and drilling if oil is found. The plan would include protected marine areas

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

Landry & Kling Announces Rock Legends Cruise IV: 64 Concerts by 22 Bands including Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Grand Funk Railroad, America, John Kay & Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Randy Bachman, Ace Frehley, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Uriah Heep, Foghat, The Outlaws, Rik Emmett, Orianthi, Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown,

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEntertainment News

Ben Affleck and Jenifer Garner are currently in the Bahamas for a family reunion, days after confirming reports about their divorce. On Tuesday, the two announced — a day before their tenth anniversary — that they were separated for 10 months before they decided to end their marriage. Their daughters,

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

Unlimited food, beverages and activities are now available at the resort CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados, July 4, 2015 / — In keeping with the latest trends of the Caribbean hospitality industry, Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados has announced that it will now offer all-inclusive packages for vacationers. Guests can enjoy

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

Don and Janet at Habitat, on our cruise lunch stop on Bonaire. Call him either “Capt’n” or “Sir” Don Stewart For days a number of people on the Maasdam have talked of nothing but Bonaire and the chance to snorkel or dive the island’s famous close-to-shore reefs. Linda and I

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Black History News

  France’s President François Hollande hit out recently against Europe’s migrant crisis, comparing people smugglers in the Mediterranean to “slave drivers.” It was during a state visit to French Caribbean island Guadeloupe on Sunday that François Hollande added his voice to other European leaders, to say that the migrant crisis had

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