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COMMISSIONER DELROY RICHARDS SR: “The public needs to protect itself from violent criminals, because we don’t have the resources.” CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) would like to urge the community to be very conscious of their surroundings and whereabouts as there are natives targeting innocent working

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Jeon Pierre Knorr was last seen on the MSC Divina about 3 a.m. Monday. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) [ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — A tourist on a cruise from Miami through our region is believed to have fallen overboard north of Puerto Rico. Jeon Pierre Knorr was last seen by his

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] JOE BIDEN PUTTING AT CARAMBOLA RESORT CHRISTIANSTED — Vice President Joe Biden is heading to St. Croix today for some fun in the sun with his family during one of his final weeks in office, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Biden’s motorcade was preceded by a

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] UNDER FIRE FOR UNDER PERFORMANCE: Beverly Nicholson-Doty is in the hot seat this high season as thousands of Zika virus cases in Puerto Rico fail to stop tourists from going there; while territorial tourism numbers are down overall since the advent of the mosquito-borne disease here. CHARLOTTE AMALIE

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NOT SAFE: Chenay Bay beach in St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED — Two beaches in St. Croix failed to pass a water quality test done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) this week and are not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said Friday that Shoys and Chenay Bay

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] FORT LAUDERDALE – The U.S. Coast Guard has taken over the search for a man who went overboard off Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas. The Doral-based company issued a statement today stating: “We are saddened to report a guest onboard Independence of the Seas was witnessed intentionally

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L.A. LADY: TOURISM COMMISSIONER BEVERLY NICHOLSON-DOTY LOS ANGELES — Tourism says that it “made a strong foray into the California market last week,” but a local marketing expert says the people who made the decision are misguided to make such a push. Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty stated that the U.S.

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FINED $40 MILLION FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING: PRINCESS CRUISE LINES WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cruise line that regularly stops in St. Thomas has to pay a $40 million penalty for intentional illegal discharges from one of its vessels, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. According to a Dec. 1 Justice

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –  The V.I. Tourism Department said this week that travelers to the territory can save 25 percent on their hotel stays and get $500 in spending credits as part of its Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale. The promotion is aimed at providing travelers with a value-added getaway to experience

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SAI GON DELI IN GALLOWS BAY (340) 713-1111 CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Committed to community outreach and the enhancement of the tourism product in the territory, the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is supporting young culinary talent during the second annual Restaurant Week with the launch of its “Dine

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