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HIGH WIRE ACT: An airman with the 85th Engineering and Installation Squadron from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., works atop a radio tower at Cerra de Punta Mountain near Ponce, Puerto Rico, Oct. 20, 2017. The 85th EIS are working to reestablish and improve radio communications for local emergency personnel and

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FREDERIKSTED — Some 63 kidney patients were evacuated from St. Croix as part of a humanitarian mission of the U.S. military. Air Force Major Gavril Goodman was on one of the first humanitarian evacuation flights that landed in St. Croix five days after the Category 5 hurricane destroyed the island’s

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CANE BAY CARES: Cane Bay Partners Founders David Johnson and Kirk Chewning. CHRISTIANSTED — The first phase of Operation Cane Bay Cares St. Croix Hurricane Relief Drive has kicked off successfully with 36 community groups receiving a generator and thousands of residents receiving water bottles between Oct. 11 and Oct.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would give the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash. The measure also would replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts and provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood

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OPERATING IN THE DARK: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is located in the Old Post Office building beneath the steeple tower at Church and Company Streets in Christiansted. The building has no power and applicants wait in line in the dark. CHRISTIANSTED – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria

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Indie pop duo Wild Belle comprised of siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, has released an impromptu single titled “Hurricane” Friday (Oct. 20). Although the song compares a lover to a natural disaster, with the recent destruction from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, the pair decided to make their song count: All proceeds

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NEWARK — College students in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico whose studies have been halted by the recent hurricanes are being offered an educational lifeline by New Jersey City University, according to New Jersey dot com. The state college in Jersey City is offering those students tuition-free study this

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MANAGUA — Representatives of the Palestinian diaspora in the region have been arriving in the Nicaraguan capital as the Fourth Congress of the Confederation of Palestinian Communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, COPLAC, gets underway today. More than 120 Palestinian workers from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador,

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MISSING EIGHT DAYS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA: HANNAH UPP CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A young schoolteacher with a rare form of amnesia is feared dead after she disappeared in St. Thomas last month and remains missing to this day. Hannah Upp was last seen leaving her apartment on St. Thomas about 8 a.m.

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FREDERIKSTED — Three weeks after Hurricane Maria demolished St. Croix as a Category 5 storm at least 90 percent of the island still does not have electricity and many residents do not have running water or a place to stay to shelter them from torrential tropical rains that happen this

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