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SAN ANTONIO — The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to uphold the federal prison sentence for the former financial adviser of St. Croix’s Tim Duncan. A judge ordered Charles Augustus Banks IV to pay $7.5 million in restitution following his sentencing in 2017. Banks filed an appeal, but the

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WASHINGTON — The Miss Black USA Organization crowned St. Thomas native Akira Pickering as Miss Black USA Talented Teen 2018 at TheARC Theater in Washington, D.C. The event, which took place on Sunday, July 1, featured young women across the U.S. and the Virgin Islands. Pickering is a 16-year-old high school

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SAN DIEGO — East County Magazine said it is powerless to stop a smut attack that has linked its urls to a porn site and is asking for help from anyone who can halt this pornography attack. The online magazine serving Southern California said it has won “105 major journalism

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DALLAS — Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit. Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas

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NEWARK — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a number of Caribbean nationals have been arrested among 91 immigrants during a five-day immigration sweep in New Jersey. ICE said the operation targeted “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators.” It said the operation was supported

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ANN ARBOR — Pizza juggernaut Domino’s wants to fill potholes in the road like it fills your empty stomach. “Paving for Pizza” is a new initiative run by the chain to help cities and local governments repair aging and deteriorated roads. “Dear Mr McCarthy,” Domino’s Pizza wrote to the Virgin

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FEMA Coordinating Officer William Vogel (left) sits next to Gov. Kenneth Mapp and VITEMA Director Mona Barnes. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp joined governors from across the country for a video teleconference Wednesday as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William “Brock” Long and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen met

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PROMOTED: Claricia Gautier WASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard senior chief Yeoman Claricia Gautier, a 1995 graduate of Central High School on St. Croix has been promoted to the chief warrant officer grade, personnel administration specialty. The promotion took place at the Coast Guard headquarters in the nation’s capital. Gautier is

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FREDERIKSTED — The top GOP official in the Virgin Islands suggested his fundraising group’s “behind the scenes” relationship with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke helped influence the department’s response to last year’s hurricanes in the territory. John Canegata, the head of the Virgin Islands Republican Party, said he had direct access

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MIAMI — A St. Croix airline passenger who was denied alcohol on a flight and then launched into a screaming tirade involving spit and blood — now faces the possibility of up to 20 years in prison. Jason Felix was flying from St. Croix to Miami on American Airlines flight 1293 when the incident occurred, according to

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