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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] SAN JUAN — Arecibo Observatory, which is the second-largest radio telescope in the world, is under new management. A group led by the University of Central Florida will take over the operations of the telescope from the National Science Foundation, which was considering shutting down the

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] FREDERIKSTED — The University of the Virgin Islands’ Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) – Agriculture and Natural Resources Program will hold a tree pruning workshop entitled, “How to Correctly and Safely Prune Trees.” The workshops will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Research and

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] FREDERIKSTED — Each summer the Youth Ocean Explorers (YOE) Program educates middle school and high school youth about the marine ecosystems that surround the territory. Coral reefs and vital marine habitats come to life when students explore the marine environment and hear from leading experts

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The wife of a sitting Virgin Islands Senator is under territorial investigation in connection with missing funds at the junior high school where she is the principal. Lisa Forde, the wife of  St. Thomas Sen. Jean Forde and principal of Addelita Cancryn Junior

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] By ACTING ASSISTANT U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION JASON BOTEL SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS Two trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands opened my eyes to the enormity of the challenges students, educators and families there face, and what lies ahead

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[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] BALTIMORE — Some 100 days after Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated the territory, many students are still struggling to get back into regular school routines. Now some educators from Baltimore are trying to help. These educators have experience helping city students prepare for college, and

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STEPPIN’ RAZOR (Don’t you watch his size, he’s dangerous, dangerous.): This hairy-looking spider would give anyone the heebie jeebies. Researchers in Australia named him after Bob Marley. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] BRISBANE — Researchers from Queensland Museum have named a bizarre, scuba-diving spider who spends most of its time

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ELLIE PERKINS: Died the day before her second birthday in a freak accident as her mother idly chatted to a day care center worker in the British Virgin Islands. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A little girl was crushed to death by the family car

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Brain Coral (Diploria strigosa) in Juno Beach, FL suffering from White Plague, a disease that has ravaged coral reefs in the Western Atlantic. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] MIAMI — A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida’s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support

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[ad name=”HTML-68″]   [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] By JACQUELINE N. FONT-GUZMAN SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SAN JUAN — Hurricanes do more than destroy homes, daily routines, power lines, agriculture, communication systems and levees. Hurricanes unveil unequal power dynamics, crush souls and create narratives, such as: “Puerto Ricans are American

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