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CREATIVE CHEF: Nandi Furet of St. Thomas showed she had the right stuff when it comes to culinary creations. Furet, a senior at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, got top honors at the 2017 Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami. MIAMI — Ivanna Eudora

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MOMENTS MADE FOR HAND SANITIZERS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp gives U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a hearty handshake just before he asks him if his signature can appear on U.S. dollar bills alongside Mnuchin’s own. CHARLOTTE AMALIE —  Gov. Kenneth Mapp met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin earlier this week

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GIFT OF GAB: Gov. Kenneth Mapp was careful not to mention violent crime spiraling out of control in the territory nor the number of people fleeing the Virgin Islands due to a lack of meaningful employment and entertainment options. SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Political status, the minimum wage, economic opportunities and St.

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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Molly Wrede, 15, died after the plane she was in crashed near a crowded beach in Piñones, Puerto Rico on Saturday afternoon. ATLANTA — Ironically, the school Molly Wrede went to was located on Ponce de León Avenue. And one of the major cities in Puerto Rico where

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WHITE ELEPHANT: UVI’s Gillian Marcelle is in New York City trying to draw attention to the few advantages of the empty Research and Technology Park in St. Croix. NEW YORK — The University of the Virgin Islands is beating the bush in the Big Apple trying to attract attention to

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PINONES PLANE CRASH – The choppy beach at Piñones on the north coast of Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Ocean. Beach goers swam out to the crash site to rescue the injured and bring the dead teen-ager to shore. SAN JUAN — A teenage girl from the United States mainland who

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WHAT DID THEY KNOW AND WHEN DID THEY KNOW IT? A source familiar with the COFINA creditors’ thinking said the group wants to depose Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, one of his key advisers Elias Sanchez, and AAFAF’s director, Gerardo Portela. By NICK BROWN/Reuters News Service SAN JUAN — Senior creditors

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“PALACE OF THE LAWS”: The Capitol of Puerto Rico (Capitolio de Puerto Rico) is located on the Islet of San Juan just outside the walls of Old San Juan. The building is home to the bicameral Legislative Assembly composed of the House of Representatives and Senate. The building sits in

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GARSH TOO HARSH? Massachusetts state judge E. Susan Garsh has ensured that the family of St. Croix’s Odin Lloyd will have a harder time collecting money from the estate of Aaron Hernandez. FALL RIVER, Mass. — A former NFL star’s 2013 murder conviction of a St. Croix native can be erased

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AVERAGE JOE: Odin Lloyd of St. Croix was savagely murdered by $40 million man Aaron Josef Hernandez of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots/Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators in 2014. Hernandez’s mom was from Puerto Rico; his father was from Italy. ADVERTORIAL: To find out how you can help someone with a

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