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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – When it comes to buying a slice of paradise, Sir Richard Branson might be the most prominent name you can think of today, having purchased Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. But the Virgin Group founder was certainly not the first, because 99 years ago today

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense admitted under questioning from Congress this week that it accidentally sent live anthrax spores to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The previous week, the Pentagon owned up that some 192 labs worldwide were affected, including all 50 states, the District of

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Juan “Pretty” McCullum WASHINGTON — The Hill online non-partisan political newspaper has chosen Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett’s general counsel as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the District of Columbia for 2015. Juan McCullum, 32, of Pearl, Mississippi was listed as No. 5 on the list compiled

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             Beverly Nicholson-Doty CRUZ BAY – The nearly one million readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have ranked St. John as one of the world’s best islands. St. John came in fourth with a rating of 83.37 in the category “Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas Islands” in the magazine’s World’s Best

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CRUZ BAY– A 32-year-old St. John man was arrested on domestic violence and property destruction charges Monday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Nevin Felix of Bellevue Village was arrested and charged with unlawful entry, destruction of property and disturbance of the peace-domestic violence, the VIPD said. Felix was

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     St. Thomas geologist Roy Watlington CHRISTIANSTED — Local geologist Roy Watlington says a tsunami from Kick ‘em Jenny could reach St. Croix in as little as 80 minutes. A tsunami caused by the volcano erupting would be in St. John first, then St. Thomas in 90 minutes, Watlington

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of Insular Affairs is giving the territory a half million-dollar grant to help prepare for V.I. Centennial celebrations in 2017, Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina said yesterday. The grant will help the U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Commission as it prepares to organize events

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  CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp was correct to object to the current state flag of South Carolina – it does have symbolism of the Confederacy in it — and Confederate ideals are tied in the American psyche to racism and slavery. Virgin Islands Daily News Executive Editor Gerry Yandel

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  travel writer Jim Byers KEY WEST — The let-it-all-hang out capital of North America, mostly because the weather’s better than San Francisco. There are fabulous resorts, including the Casa Marina, a Waldorf-Astoria property. Budget-minded folks should try some of the historic inns, including the casual, but well-tended Key Lime Inn. Food

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Tuesday that it has begun a study of coral reefs and fish populations in the Virgin Islands. Scientists will collect data on reefs surrounding St. Thomas and St. John through July 23 as part of the NOAA Coral

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