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SCORCHED EARTH POLICY: Debris from Hurricane Katrina burns in the background of an area damaged by the hurricane Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 in Long Beach, Miss. CRUZ BAY – Island Green Living Association said today that it is pleased that the Legislature passed a bill on Friday that would prevent the

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HAPPY TIMES: The owner of Hook, Line and Sinker gets electricity back on St. Thomas. FREDERIKSTED — Power restoration is “expected to spike” over the next two weeks as many significant neighborhoods are nearly ready to be energized, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Friday following a briefing on power restoration and debris removal.

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GENEVA — Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis were today certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “This elimination is the result of our strong political commitment to public health and of making the

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BEAUTIFUL THOMIAN FAMILY: The family of Patrick Deery on St. Thomas. This wholesome family was brought into an unfortunate Facebook controversy with the sleazy, drunken Gov. Kenneth Mapp. COAKLEY BAY — The St. Thomas woman Gov. Kenneth Mapp claimed to be sleeping with in a drunken Facebook post this weekend

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HELPING HANDS: The U.S. Army has signed a contract with the Louis Berger Group to support temporary power to parts of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that remain without electricity since the islands were slammed by Hurricane Maria in September. Picture, members of the Army deliver supplies to people

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DEBRIS BURN: Hurricane debris from Irma is burned in Orlando, Florida this year. The amount of debris collected is equal to the amount of trash collected in 1.3 years. CRUZ BAY – The Sierra Club, Island Green Living Association and the Virgin Island Conservation Society have notified the Federal Emergency

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CHRISTIANSTED — Orbitel, a local Internet service provider based on St. Croix, is going out of business for good. The company, which for years had provided high-speed fiber Internet service to commercial concerns, only recently began to offer residential service to customers. The closure of Orbitel had been the source

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CHRISTIANSTED — Speaking at a news conference hosted by Acting Governor Osbert Potter this week, Executive Director Julio Rhymer, Sr. thanked WAPA’s employees, along with the on and off-island contractors, and the public who continue to support the ongoing restoration of electrical service across the territory. Rhymer reported that the build-out of

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CHRISTIANSTED — Seven beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said that five beaches on St. Croix and two beaches on St. Thomas are not considered safe to

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GENTLE WINDS CONDOMINIUMS: Near St. Croix’s historic Salt River on the North Shore. CHRISTIANSTED — One of the biggest single location short-term rental properties on St. Croix says that the government of the Virgin Islands is missing out hotel room taxes to the tune of about $100,000 per month. Gentle

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