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CRUZ BAY: An aerial view of St. John’s biggest town from Sept. 10, 2017 — four days after Hurricane Irma. CRUZ BAY –– The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) said there was a renewed focus on St. John on Wednesday where fully 100 percent of the electrical distribution

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THE FIX IS IN: Gov. Kenneth Mapp has cut a secret deal with WAPA CEO Julio Rhymer that means St. Croix will not have full power restored until Feb. 15, 2018 at the earliest — and March 1, 2018 at the latest. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp repeated his

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WASHINGTON — About 13,700 Defense Department personnel are now in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the region three weeks ago, Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said today. DoD, supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is focused on temporary power restoration; food, water, fuel and power generator

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FREDERIKSTED — Police believe a man abandoned his 71-year-old mother in a cheap Georgia motel — and then went on vacation. Kathleen Laree, who suffers from dementia, was found wandering in the lobby of the Motel 6 on Virginia Avenue, in South Fulton County, WSB-TV Channel 2 Atlanta reported. Motel employees

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The local government for years has “redirected” money intended to help pay insurance claims after large disasters for other needs, raising the vulnerability of residents after Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Thomas and St. John two weeks ago and Hurricane Maria is poised to decimate St. Croix on

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VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR America’s Caribbean. That is what it says on the license plates down there: U.S. Virgin Islands — America’s Caribbean. I should know. I lived there for three years in the early 2000s and still own a condo there today. Actually — “owned”

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TALK TALK TALK: And more talk. Gov. Kenneth Mapp does what he does best, talk about the problems, rather than solving them. On Friday, Mapp asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help him get the islands back in shape. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was escorted

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– President Donald Trump will travel to the Virgin Islands within the next week “to see firsthand the damages of the territory” after Hurricane Irma, Gov. Kenneth Mapp (I) said Monday. The Virgin Islands took a heavy blow from the superstorm, which was a Category 5 when it swept

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 APOCALPYSE NOW: A woman with her two children walk past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Residents of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands have seemingly been left to fend for themselves in the days

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PARADISE LOST: Damaged houses line a hillside Monday in Old Tutu following Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas. CRUZ BAY — Hurricane Irma survivors on the hardest-hit islands in the Virgin Islands fear that they will be forgotten after the storm left “apocalyptic” destruction in its wake, wiping out homes and leaving

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