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NATTY DREAD: Malachi Wattley TOLEDO — An Ohio parochial school’s prohibition against dreadlocks has a a former St. Thomas resident’s hair standing on end. Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio forbids students from wearing their hair in dreadlocks. But that prohibition has sparked an intense debate over whether the

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor said this week that he is evaluating whether to close the island’s only zoo as he announced that 11 animals will be transferred elsewhere following concerns for their well being amid an economic crisis. The announcement was made after a puma died over the

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IRMA IRKING: Category 3 Hurricane Irma began its westward track across the Atlantic Wednesday, becoming the ninth named storm of an increasingly busy hurricane season. Early tracking models by The Weather Channel project it hitting St. Croix directly in seven days as a Category 4 storm. MIAMI — Tropical Storm Irma continued

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MIAMI — NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 2 a.m. today due to an area of low pressure that could become a Tropical Storm Irma later this week. The area of low pressure (red X above), dubbed Invest 93L, is located just west of the Cabo Verde

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BUENOS AIRES — The Virgin Islands Men’s basketball team was going for two upset wins in a row. The hometown team defeated 24th-ranked Canada 83-71 on Sunday. On Monday, the Virgin Islanders lost a close one 84-86 to 15th-ranked Venezuela. Walter Hodge of the Virgin Islands team again was the

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MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said this morning that it is watching a new area of low pressure near the African coast will likely develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm this week as it veers towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The NHC has named the

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STAR POWER: Walter Hodge (6) of the Virgin Islands drives the ball to the hoop during the 2017 AmeriCup Championships in Bahia Blanca, Argentina on Sunday night. Hodge led all scorers with 25 points. BUENOS AIRES — Walter Hodge scored 25 points and added eight assists as the Virgin Islands

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PAID TO PLAY: Local girls enjoy a youth group meeting about sexual reproductive health in their community, Batey Yaco, on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. SANTO DOMINGO — UNICEF says more than one in 10 girls in the Dominican Republic are married or living with a partner before

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A cruise ship passenger from North Carolina was taken into police custody when the Carnival Magic docked in St. Thomas after authorities said that he molested an underage girl in front of her parents on the ship. Wayne Williams, 37, of Ashville, N.C. was charged with unlawful

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MONK SEAL: An extinct Caribbean mammal species. SAN JUAN — A Johns Hopkins paleontologist and her collaborative team of scientists report they have clear evidence that the arrival of humans and subsequent human activity throughout the islands of the Caribbean were likely the primary causes of the extinction of native

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