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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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STANDING AROUND DOING NOTHING: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) do what they do best — absolutely nothing! (Except repair Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s generator at Coakley Bay Condominiums.) CHRISTIANSTED — Some 28 years after Hurricane Hugo struck St. Croix, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being called a

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DIED OCT. 27: Les Kelley CHRISTIANSTED — Leslie Adam Kelly, 65, died on Oct. 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Les was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Bradley Kelley. He is survived by his mother, Alice Ruth Kelley; his children, daughter, Taylor Marie Kelley; and son, Brooks

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WASHINGTON — Two former staffers who worked for Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett who are facing criminal charges for circulating nude images and video of her and her husband appeared in court this week. Juan R. McCullum, 35, of the District of Columbia was indicted by a grand jury on

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CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 249th Engineer Battalion and the Corps’ Tulsa District power team are working together to provide U.S. Virgin Island facility generator owners with assessments to guide and assist them with the future maintenance generators. “This is going to help the people here by giving them a guide regarding

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — STAT, a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery, has named Virgin Islands native and research scientist Elenoe “Crew” Smith as one of its “2017 STAT Wunderkinds.” “The Landers, Doudnas, and Bradners of the world grab plenty of headlines.

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NOT-SO-COOL RUNNINGS: Michael Muller is branded a “refugee” in a North Carolina TV news report. NEW BERN, North Carolina — You don’t have to live like a refugee — unless you’re from the Virgin Islands, that is. Just ask Michael Muller of St. John. Muller was prevented from flying from

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Wisconsin Red Cross is sending its top disaster official to assist with relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit. Marytha “Crazy Eyes” Blanchard will spend three weeks in St. Thomas distributing emergency supplies, reuniting families and providing hurricane victims with food

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CHRISTIANSTED – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing its ongoing support to federal hurricane response and recovery efforts, including in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, with more personnel deploying daily. Some 19 civilian volunteers and three active duty officers are deployed, primarily to the United States territories

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SAN JUAN — The blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is the United States’ largest in history, according to a new report. Economic consulting firm Rhodium Group determined in a Thursday report that Maria caused 1.25 billion hours of electricity supply disruption to

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