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CHRISTIANSTED — Five 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 four beaches on St. Thomas and one beach on St. Croix are not considered safe to

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LAZY DAYS: In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 photo, Luis Sierra sleeps in a classroom at a school-turned-shelter after Hurricane Maria left him and other families homeless in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Young people in Puerto Rico have been left stranded by Hurricane Maria. SAN JUAN — Nearly two months

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SAN JUAN — The disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria has set off an anguished debate across Puerto Rico, where friends, family and co-workers are arguing fiercely over the morality of leaving the blacked-out island for the U.S. mainland versus fulfilling a patriotic duty to rebuild. At least 140,000 Puerto Ricans

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — For those living in the storm-ravaged St. Thomas, life is far normal. Many homes remain damaged or even uninhabitable after two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit thirteen days apart in September. The tourist industry, which accounts for much of the local economy, is almost nonexistent right now.

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CHRISTIANSTED — DEET OFF! Rather than Malathion fog at night. Because some people still don’t have roofs on their homes. That’s what Gov. Kenneth Mapp wants you to do so that his V.I. Department of Health won’t have to do Malathion foggings to ward off those pesky mosquitoes and sand

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TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Has the response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) been timely? CHARLOTTE AMALIE — More than two months after Hurricane Irma rattled St. Thomas and St. John to the core, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it wants to help YOU! People the Virgin

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GETTING THINGS DONE: (From the left) Troy de Chabert-Schuster, Omar Haedo, Wanda Ruben and Deanna James, talk about the shipment of medical supplies the Juan Luis Hospital received. CHRISTIANSTED — At least 18,000 pounds of medical supplies arrived last week at the Juan Luis Hospital in Estate Diamond Ruby, St.

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“I DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ FOOD STAMPS:” “And either should you, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told the people of the territory … but ultimately relented when $23 million in D-SNAP became available.   CHRISTIANSTED — An estimated $23 million has been approved for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Gov. Kenneth

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CONQUERING HERO: U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue instituted the disaster food stamps program (D-SNAP) over Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s strident objections. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Agriculture Department implemented USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in the Virgin Islands, making a range of households recovering from Hurricanes Irma and

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CHRISTIANSTED — Three 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 on that Lindbergh Bay, Water Bay and Bolongo Bay beaches on St. Thomas are not considered safe

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