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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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REALITY SETS IN: With no help from the federal or local government seven days after the passing of Category 5 storm Hurricane Irma, St. Thomas residents move into “survival mode” in order to get by. WSTA-AM 1340 Lucky 13’s Addie Ottley said Monday that the bulk FEMA relief supplies had

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BACK IN BUSINESS: The Virgin Islands Department of Health has re-opened health clinics in St. Thomas. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — After seven days, the USVI Department of Health said that it “is happy to announce the reopening of three of its clinics today, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, on the island of

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HERE TO HELP: U.S. military relief crews load supplies aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Illinois National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing based in Peoria. FREDERIKSTED — As Hurricane Irma bears down on the region, the Illinois National Guard has sent a C-130 aircraft and crew to the territory to

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NATTY DREAD: Malachi Wattley TOLEDO — An Ohio parochial school’s prohibition against dreadlocks has a a former St. Thomas resident’s hair standing on end. Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio forbids students from wearing their hair in dreadlocks. But that prohibition has sparked an intense debate over whether the

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