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COKI POINT BEACH: DPNR says the popular St. Thomas beach should be avoided as it failed to meet acceptable water quality standards in testing conducted this week. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest

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SAFETY-FIRST BOATING TECHNIQUES: The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association is the only nonprofit charter association in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Members include day and term-charter vessels, crew, charter companies, and anyone else joined by mutual consent for the common purposes of promoting, protecting and furthering the capabilities of charter yachts and the

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SMOKE AND MIRRORS? The Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative building in Dulles, Virginia. When Jeffrey Prosser complained to the RTFC about it changing its accounting practices in mid-stream and costing his company $25 million over four years, the non-profit cooperative immediately moved to foreclose on $520 million in outstanding loans to

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BAGGED AND TAGGED: Thirty pounds of marijuana was intended for sale in St. Thomas until federal authorities stepped in and seized the shipment in the U.S. mail. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arraigned in federal court on charges that he tried to bring 30 pounds of marijuana

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HIGH-FLYING BODYGUARD: Neal Chesterfield was caught at the airport with 48 pounds of cocaine in his luggage. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Three St. Thomas men — including a Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) officer — were formally accused of wrongdoing by a federal grand jury on Thursday for their

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FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, FAIRTON, NEW JERSEY: Former St. Thomas Sen. Alvin Williams, Jr.’s home for the first 1,209 days of his 4.3-year sentence. According to the terms of his sentencing, he must still serve three years of supervised release. SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORT–EXCLUSIVE TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS By John F.

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REGAL BEAGLE: Mapp rolls out the red carpet for himself wherever he goes in the territory; he might be making movie star money, but the average person is sliding farther and farther into abject poverty thanks to his policies. CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– An additional 19,000 Virgin Islands residents are now

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WHAT ME SCANDAL? V.I. AG CLAUDE WALKER OBLIVIOUS ATTORNEY GENERAL WALKER DOESN’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN HIS OWN DEPARTMENT: Before the feds swooped down on V.I. Department of Justice “forensics agent-death investigator” Troy Titley, he said on LinkedIn! that he is somehow a “police officer.” But people close to

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BLUEBEARD’S BEACH: The same St. Thomas has failed water quality testing twice in three weeks, according to DPNR. Swimmers and fishermen are urged to avoid it, the environmental agency said. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — For the second time in three weeks the same beach in the territory failed water quality testing and

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TAXING FOR SUCCESS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and BIR Director Marvin Pickering stand with airbnb officials after signing off on the tax agreement. CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands government and Airbnb signed a “groundbreaking agreement in the Caribbean” today which will allow the platform to collect

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