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CRUZ BAY — Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg told USA Today that he didn’t plan on getting involved in the hurricane recovery of the territory — but, yet and still — somehow the billionaire did. His efforts began in St. John where his Bloomberg L.P., co-founder Tom Secunda has a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he was disappointed Tuesday “regarding the 32nd Legislature’s failure to act on measures critical to continuing essential operations of the Virgin Islands government.” Senators, who were called into Special Session by the governor, adjourned without considering any of the important legislation on the November

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FAT ‘N SHORT OR IT: The U.S. Virgin Islands also has the shortest and fattest cops per capita than any jurisdiction in the territory. Cops in the territory could not run down a heroin junkie on crack. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) will be able to

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TOXIC RESORT: Sirenusa Resort’s Villa Capri in St. John cost multiple thousands of dollars per day to stay there before the methyl bromide accident — now it is $150 per night. CRUZ BAY — A pest control company will pay more than $9 million in criminal fines tied to the use

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MASTER PITCHER: Rooney Williams of Gallows Bay describes one of the scenes from his life in baseball. CHRISTIANSTED — Someday you might see Rooney Williams sitting at Seaside Market & Deli eating breakfast. Williams wears blue jeans, a white t-shirt, dark sunglasses (he needs cataract surgery) and has a little

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WASHINGTON — The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were left out of the latest congressional money merry-go-round. The $44 billion President Donald Trump asked Congress for is for Texas and Florida. White House officials said that they need more time to do the due diligence on the territory’s and commonwealth’s

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GREASE FACTOR: Gov. Kenneth Mapp did not distance himself from Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello or his island’s many problems … the result is that we all lose. It is thought to be the first time Mapp was ever out-slimed by a fellow politician. WASHINGTON — The White House on

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GENTLE WINDS CONDOMINIUMS: Near St. Croix’s historic Salt River on the North Shore. CHRISTIANSTED — One of the biggest single location short-term rental properties on St. Croix says that the government of the Virgin Islands is missing out hotel room taxes to the tune of about $100,000 per month. Gentle

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WASHINGTON — Maybe we’ll have the change the name of the territory to “East Samoa.” That’s because Virgin Islands the fattest people in the Caribbean per capita than any other country or territory in the region. Whether you look to our chief executive Gov. Kenneth Mapp — or his hand-picked

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Number Two man at the Department of Interior — the federal government agency that has oversight authority over the territories — will arrive in St. Croix this afternoon, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, will be here after first

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