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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — As Virgin Islanders mobilize to demand and act to increase their food security, the University of the Virgin Islands’ (UVI) Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) teamed up to aid farmers and families by donating more than 850 fruit trees on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. This effort was sponsored by Cruzan

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KINGSHILL — The Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Croix District, said it has suspended school bus service until further notice. Parents are asked to continue to provide transportation to and from school for children attending in-person classes. Special Education students in self-contained classrooms attending in-person classes are not affected

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Pearl B. Larsen PreK-8 School on St. Croix and the Ulla F. Muller Elementary School on St. Thomas will resume in-person learning tomorrow, the Department of Education said. The schools reverted to virtual learning on September 9 and 10 due to COVID-19 exposure, according to the

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MIAMI — The center of Tropical Storm Nicholas was located by reconnaissance aircraft near latitude 20.5 North, longitude 94.8 West. Nicholas is moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. A slower northward or north-northeastward motion is forecast by

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CRUZ BAY — After months of continuous dialogue, FEMA has approved the Schneider Regional Medical Center’s multiple requests for the replacement of the Myrah Keating Smith Health Center on St. John. The medical facility will receive funding for full restoration to current industry standards. The Schneider Regional Medical Center received nearly $700,000

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Be careful what you wish for … you might just get it. In April of 2019, Governor Albert Bryan said that the U.S. Virgin Islands would “position” itself as the number one tourist destination in the Caribbean. At the time, Bryan’s “projection” seemed almost laughable because the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police need your help tonight to find a St. Thomas man wanted for an assault at a Havensight mall earlier this week. Jose Alcala Naveda, who is wanted on charges of first-degree assault; third-degree assault; and simple assault- domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Police

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE —Four Santo Domingo men face federal drug smuggling charges after the U.S. Coast Guard seized 1,146 pounds of cocaine and two go-fast vessels off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic late last month. Carlos De La Rosa, 33, Alexis Sanchez Garcia, 32, Rafael Martinez, 29, and Elvis

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE— A Dominican coke dealer who fled the territory after a beach shootout with federal officers was returned to St. Thomas to face the music for his alleged crimes, authorities said. Joan Morales Nolasco, of Santo Domingo, was arrested and appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Ruth Miller

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SUNNY ISLE — A man driving without a valid driver’s license or registration was permitted to call relatives to drive his car away from an accident scene in the parking lot of the hospital. Worse still, the woman whose car was impacted by the undocumented driver sideswiping her, was read

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