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‘PERP WALK’: Hubert W. “Blackest” Lee, Jr. gets some face time for the cameras at the Henry Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix when he returned from North Carolina on Saturday. FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands public got its first look here on Saturday at the third sexual assault suspect arrested

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WHITEFISH, Mont. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke informed American Samoa Gov. Lolo Moliga, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, and CNMI Gov. Ralph DLG Torres that he has approved a total of $3,489,427 in energy grants for the three territories. Zinke and the governors were attending the Western Governors

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp has proclaimed this Freedom Week in the U.S. Virgin Islands in accordance with Act. No. 8002. Freedom Week encompasses two significant dates in the Territory’s history – July 2, 1848 when a call went out to enslaved Africans to come to Fort Frederik in the town of

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board voted today to allow the PREPA power utility to restructure its $9 billion debt load through a form of bankruptcy, potentially heralding a messy end to three years of arduous out-of-court talks. The seven-member board unanimously authorized a bankruptcy filing at a

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SAN JUAN — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may take action against bankers from Barclays Plc and Morgan Stanley for their roles in Puerto Rico bond sales, according to filings with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). According to records filed with FINRA, the SEC’s staff has recommended

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SAN JUAN — Elvis Guzman opened the letter, saw it was in English and took it to his lawyer for translation. The 59-year-old who sells recycled metal for a living figured it was another letter from the bank warning his family that they were behind on their mortgage payments. But the

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RISKY BUSINESS: The Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) building in St. Thomas. The pension system does not have enough money to pay the $4.5 billion due to retirees. The New York Times says GERS made questionable “high risk” investments in things like viaticals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mireya Acierto for The New York Times)

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HIGH TIME FOR HIGH PRAISE: The youngest member ever of the Barbados Economics Society says that Gov. Kenneth Mapp is pulling all the right strings to get the economy fine tuned in short order. BARBADOS — Respected Caribbean economist Jeremy Stephen praised the U.S. Virgin Islands government’s recent efforts to correct the

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ARRESTED: Syed Zain Gilani at the Boston offices of Safr in Massachusetts on Friday afternoon. BOSTON — The attorney for the man accused of being the mastermind of a five-year $2 million scam that allegedly defrauded the Virgin Islands government of Real ID funds says that his arrests on territorial

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FREDERIKSTED — No, no, no and a bottle of rum! Rum peddling pirate Captain Morgan is forcing a rival to walk the plank — successfully winning a lawsuit against a suspiciously similar buccaneer-branded booze called Admiral Nelson for trademark infringement. Canada’s federal court ruled June 12 that consumers could easily

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