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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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Forgive me if I’m not willing to sanitize Monday’s crash of a private aircraft at Botany Bay in St. Thomas. You see, I survived a private airplane crash at Isla Verde, Puerto Rico in October of 2004 — so I’m a little sensitive to these matters. The private Facebook group

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Fittingly, it was the CBS comedian Stephen Colbert who first suggested that MAGA is a death cult. And Colbert made that fateful prediction seven full days before election day in 2020. “Alright children of MAGA: Put on your Nikes, fill your thermos with Kool-Aid and go vote,” Colbert opined on

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder. The last day of the year of coronavirus — the dreaded COVID-19 — I mean what could go wrong today? Right? LOL! It is a mystery that involves barking dogs, carnivorous mushrooms, lurking septic tanks and toppling trees

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KINGSHILL — A St. Croix woman alleges that she was not offered a refund or a response after she took a few bites out of her McDonald’s McBurger Supreme and found that the meat was nearly completely raw. Noellia Prospere, who ordered the value meal combo of the day (McBurger

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Ever wonder why you see those “Free Tibet” bumper stickers on peoples’ cars? We have a few of them here — in St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands — where I live. For Liberals it used to be “End Apartheid” — a bumper sticker that you can still see on

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CRUZ BAY — Police issued a BOLO notice for a St. John man wanted for questioning in a murder that took place last night. Three men were shot in Estate Enighed in St. John at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. One man, who was shot multiple times

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CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Coast Guard is working to clean up oil leaking from an abandoned tugboat in Krause Lagoon on St. Croix’s south shore. The owner of St. Croix Renaissance Group made a report on Thursday and placed a containment boom around the partially sunken Cape Lookout, U.S. Coast Guard

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CHRISTIANSTED — Senator Alicia “Chucky” Hansen wants your help in her bid to become your elected St. Croix representative once again. Hansen, who was first elected to the Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands 33 years ago, continues to be a political force of nature like no other in the

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CHRISTIANSTED — A Missouri man who used gay porn app Grindr to try to prey on underage boys in St. Croix pleaded guilty to two federal charges in Golden Rock today. Robert Black, 49, of Kansas City, appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon in U.S. District Court and entered

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — New York bartender Lubens Besse was described by the Virgin Islands Police Department as a “missing person” on Twitter Friday. The VIPD said on Saturday that his girlfriend in Susannaberg, St. John reported him missing on Wednesday … but it was not disclosed by authorities that the

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