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DISASTER EFFECTS: King Street in Christiansted in front of the Florence Williams Library after Hurricane Maria. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said the libraries on St. Thomas and St. Croix are now open. The Charles Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas and the Florence

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FREDERIKSTED — For the first time at least 30 years, Bull and Bread Day has been canceled. The annual Liberty Day celebration and feast in Grove Place that celebrates the life and legacy of D. Hamilton Jackson will have to go on next year thanks to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was shot in the shoulder and leg after being strafed in a drive-by shooting in Estate Profit on Saturday night. The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a shooting at the Flamboyant Restaurant about 7:35 p.m. on Saturday. Police arriving on scene

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Authorities discovered the body of a man on board a vessel at American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook on Saturday. The 911 Emergency Call Center said they received a report of a possible body at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday. When Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on the scene

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MIAMI — Tropical storm Phillipe has formed in the Caribbean, becoming the 16th named storm of the 2017 hurricane season. It is expected to bring heavy rains to central and western Cuba, spreading northward across the Florida Keys and south Florida. In the meantime, St. Croix was reporting consistent rainfall

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POLE BLOCKED: A utility pole rests in the middle of the East End Road after an unidentified motorist drove into it knocking it down onto the ground. People coming from the East End could not pass as they got close to the Eastway Service Station near Tide Village. (V.I. Free

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DIRT HURTS: Sediment can smother corals, but Hurricane Hole has no sediment-bearing freshwater streams. Its clear waters are habitat for an entire community of marine life, including Montastrea corals and squirrelfish. (Photo: Caroline Rogers, USGS) CRUZ BAY — Coral reef expert Caroline Rogers was the only USGS employee in the Virgin Islands

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A plan by British billionaire Richard Branson to lead a post-hurricane rebuilding effort in the Caribbean, with a focus on clean energy projects, may include debt relief negotiations mediated by the International Monetary Fund. Branson is spearheading a plan to help nations in the region

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  DESERT ISLAND: On Water Island’s Honeymoon Beach, hurricanes Irma and Maria tossed boats on shore, leveled buildings, wiped away the greenery and shuttered the only two food and drinks stands on island. WATER ISLAND — Before her husband latched the door to the concrete bunker beneath their house, Linda Gidley

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man has been charged with attempted murder after beating  a former girlfriend while she was holding her infant child in Estate Golden Rock. Ajani Davis, 37, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder–domestic violence. He is being held without bail as per the territory’s

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