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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 — Commander of the Virgin Islands Police Department Traffic Investigation Bureau Lieutenant Lionel Bess — St. Thomas/St. John District — is advising the motoring public that non-taxi parking will be discontinued at designated taxi stands and enforcement restrictions strictly enforced, as cruise ship arrivals have now resumed. “The

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BASSE-TERRE — The German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.1 quake in Guadeloupe near Abymes. The earthquake hit in the evening on Thursday, September 9th, 2021, at 8:43 pm local time at a moderately shallow depth of 46 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the

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MIAMI — A weather system located over Honduras and the western Caribbean Sea has a 40 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said this morning. “A tropical depression is likely to form Sunday or Monday before the system moves onshore

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SAN JUAN — Coast Guard Incident Management personnel from Sector San Juan are responding to an active oil discharge from an unknown source that is affecting piers four through six in San Juan Harbor and the proximate storm drainage system on land. Coast Guard Incident Management Division personnel are monitoring the oil

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WASHINGTON — The Virgin Islands Attorney General’s Office has joined the legal fight for parity in Supplemental Security Income benefits denied to territorial residents in the Supreme Court case United States v. Vaello Madero. The case challenges the fact that otherwise eligible citizens can be denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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CANE BAY — Virgin Islands Police confirmed the identify the visiting woman who died on St. Croix’s north shore on Tuesday. The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call of a missing swimmer in Annaly Bay near the Tide Pools at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, the VIPD said. The preliminary investigation

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MIAMI — A previously lackluster storm system rapidly organized to become Tropical Storm Mindy this evening. The National Hurricane Center said it would begin advisories for Tropical Storm Mindy and include tropical storm warning for parts of Florida. As of 5 p.m. today, Mindy was 90 miles west-southwest of Apalachicola,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Health Department said today that 63 people have now died from COVID-19 in the territory, The 62nd patient to die from coronavirus was an unvaccinated 57-year-old man on St. Thomas, according to the VIDOH. “After further investigating cause of death and ensuring notification of

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Branches of the Virgin Islands’ government are struggling for control over the territory’s beleaguered Water and Power Authority. The governor is preparing a suit to reverse a law the legislature passed August 3 by overriding his veto. And on Monday, Virgin Islands Senator Kenneth Gittens responded by

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan toured public school classrooms on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John on the first day of in-person classes Tuesday. Bryan inspected the Ricardo Richards Elementary School on St. Croix, the Julius E. Sprauve K-8 School on St. John and the Joseph Gomez Elementary School on

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