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           Jill and Joe Biden in St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED — Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will be ringing in 2016 in tropical style.

The couple is heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday for a holiday vacation, the White House announced Saturday.

The Bidens will stay until next Saturday. There are no public events scheduled.

They spent Christmas in Wilmington, Del., where they have been since Dec. 18.

It is their third visit to St. Croix this year. The Bidens last visited the Big Island on March 7.

The Bidens also came for a holiday vacation from Dec. 27, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2016.

They have quietly visited the territory around holiday time more than two times in recent years, initially on Water Island and, more recently, on St. Croix.

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Joe Biden practicing his putting at Carambola.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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