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NEW YORK — Puerto Rico’s financial hardships have cast a shadow on the government of Virgin Islands’ image in the bond market, where the local government goes to borrow money. Credit-rating firm Fitch Ratings on July 6 announced it had placed the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam on a rating

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SAN JUAN — A 10-year-old boy died after being shot in the head near the pool of a popular Condado-area hotel has caused an uproar about the rise in killings in the commonwealth 120 miles to the north of the Virgin Islands. The shootout late Monday at the Hotel Caribe Hilton scattered

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Puerto Rico native who tried to bribe a U.S. Customs agent in an effort to smuggle five Brazilians through the St. Thomas airport was sentenced to prison in federal court on Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Miguel Rodriguez-Ramirez, 45, of Puerto Rico, to 18 months’ imprisonment and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 20-year-old native of Georgia pleaded guilty in federal court to marijuana smuggling related charges on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Keenan Powell-Ryder of Gainesville, Ga. made that plea in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe. According

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MISSING SINCE 2015: Zelma Vernica Taylor FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said it needs your help to locate a missing person Zelma Vernica Taylor. Taylor is 38-year-old black woman with a dark brown complexion with short black hair and glasses. She stands 5-feet,2-inches tall, weighs about 240 pounds with short black

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Daryl Homer of St. Thomas RIO DE JANEIRO — No one in the sport of fencing does what Daryl Homer does. No one in the sport fences quite the way St. Thomas native Homer does. No one in fencing combines the quickness, agility, creativity, balance, footwork — almost balletlike —

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SAN JUAN — A 10-year-old boy has died after being shot in the head while at the pool of the best-known hotels in Puerto Rico. Police said today that the boy was killed following an argument between several men that ended in a shootout at the Hotel Caribe Hilton in San Juan. Police said

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  Labor Commissioner Catherine Hendry CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Department of Labor has sanctioned the local labor department $17,298.21 for repeated failures to provide job training for youth and adults, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The exclusive information, which is contained in four letters and one memorandum  obtained exclusively

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    Former Senator Wayne James in Italy ROME — A former St. Croix senator has decided not to fight extradition after he was arrested in Italy on an international warrant accusing him of using $90,000 in public funds for personal use, his lawyer said today. Attorney Gianpaolo Ronsisvalle said Wayne

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$1.6 MILLION MAN: Micker Adolfo CHICAGO — At 17 years old, White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo roamed right field for the Arizona Rookie League White Sox for 46 games in his first season of professional baseball in 2014. A right-handed batter, Adolfo is now just 19 years old, so he’s

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