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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — For those living in the storm-ravaged St. Thomas, life is far normal. Many homes remain damaged or even uninhabitable after two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit thirteen days apart in September. The tourist industry, which accounts for much of the local economy, is almost nonexistent right now.

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TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Has the response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) been timely? CHARLOTTE AMALIE — More than two months after Hurricane Irma rattled St. Thomas and St. John to the core, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it wants to help YOU! People the Virgin

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WILL MAKE US PROUD: MISS UNIVERSE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR 2017: ESONICA VEIRA CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Esonica Veira will represent the Virgin Islands at the Miss Universe pageant late this month in Las Vegas. Veira has been a top model in St. Thomas since nine years of age, beginning with

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — No word yet on whether police will investigate the brutal assault of a woman in Altona that left her badly injured over the weekend. Police claimed that they were unable to interview the woman because she was so seriously injured in the attack and reports said that

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CHRISTIANSTED — When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around. At least that’s what the rock group The Police used to sing. Although it would be hard to argue that Coca-Cola is a necessity. Seeing as St. Croix is virtually out of it —

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GETTING THINGS DONE: (From the left) Troy de Chabert-Schuster, Omar Haedo, Wanda Ruben and Deanna James, talk about the shipment of medical supplies the Juan Luis Hospital received. CHRISTIANSTED — At least 18,000 pounds of medical supplies arrived last week at the Juan Luis Hospital in Estate Diamond Ruby, St.

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“I DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ FOOD STAMPS:” “And either should you, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told the people of the territory … but ultimately relented when $23 million in D-SNAP became available.   CHRISTIANSTED — An estimated $23 million has been approved for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Gov. Kenneth

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) started salvage operations for vessels displaced by the recent hurricanes in the areas of Salt River Bay and Long Reef on St. Croix on Thursday. “DPNR prioritized these areas because the displaced vessels and hazardous materials aboard are impacting these

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CONQUERING HERO: U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue instituted the disaster food stamps program (D-SNAP) over Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s strident objections. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Agriculture Department implemented USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in the Virgin Islands, making a range of households recovering from Hurricanes Irma and

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CRUZ BAY — Friends and family of longtime St. John charter captain Richard Benson are mourning his death after his body was found in the British Virgin Islands. Linda Worthington, Benson’s ex-wife, said in an email from her home in Belize that “there has been an outpouring of compassion and

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