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      Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) WASHINGTON – Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett called it a “significant” victory for the U.S. Virgin Islands now that the territory is no longer directly tied to the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Puerto

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CHRISTIANSTED — Gov. Kenneth Mapp extended his condolences to the people of Orlando after a mass shooting that left 50 dead and 53 injured. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the good people of the City of Orlando following the senseless tragedy that occurred there today,”

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SEX OFFENDER: Brian Roubal CHARLOTTE AMALIE –A 29-year-old Illinois man is charged with violating the Sex Offender Registration Act after border protection officers flagged him in St. Thomas. Brian Roubal of Sandwich, Illinois was trying to board a plane back to the United States April 25 when officers with the

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      Political reporter Morgan Brinlee By MORGAN BRINLEE/Special to the V.I. FREE PRESS While the Republican presidential primary may have unofficially wrapped last week when real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, the last remaining candidate in the race, secured the required number of delegates to

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first of the year to threaten the United States, is expected to reach the South Carolina coast on Saturday evening or early Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said after upgrading the system from a tropical depression. Bonnie, coming four days before the

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Ahh, Memorial Day! For generations of Americans, the holiday has marked the beginning of the season of sunscreen, barbecues and chlorine. It’s when you start putting sticky notes all over the guidebooks for that exotic trip abroad. And when you start tuning out at work and daydreaming about lying on a hammock with a

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WASHINGTON — Virgin Islands Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) commented on the Puerto Rico bailout legislation that is currently before the U.S. Congress. H.R. 5278 is the Puerto Rico Oversight, management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) and has been approved to move forward from the House Committee on Natural Resources. “Today

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Julian “The Hawk” Jackson’s ferocious straight right hand and devastating left hook turned him into arguably the most feared boxer of his era. St. Thomas native Jackson knocked out 49 of his 61 opponents in his decorated career that spanned from 1981-1998. The former two-division champion is

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SAN DIEGO — Jabari Blash’s Major League Baseball career lasted about one month. The Padres designated the St. Thomas native for assignment over the weekend, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune was the first to report. The Padres gave Blash a shot this season as a Rule 5 pick,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Three people — one from Los Angeles, one from St. Thomas and one from St. Croix pleaded guilty to marijuana smuggling related charges in federal court on Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Clarence Griffin, 44, of California, Robert Brown, 29, of St. Croix, and

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