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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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FREDERIKSTED – A badly-decomposed body was found on a rocky beach in Estate Enfield Green in the late morning Tuesday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Enfield Green about 10:33 a.m. after a concerned citizen reported that a body had been

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FREDERIKSTED – In a rare move, the Virgin Islands Police Department has released two additional pictures of a woman they initially described as having mental disabilities who went missing eight days ago. Nina Gundolo has been missing since Monday November 2, when she was last seen at 1:00 a.m. in

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Want some good news this morning? How about that tourism numbers are up 10 percent compared to last year. And that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report no flu activity in the Virgin Islands. According to this week’s FluView report from the CDC, overall seasonal influenza activity

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 50-year-old St. Thomas man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to charges related to official abuse of territorial power, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. George W. Lewis, Jr. who worked as VITEMA’s emergency planner, admitted in U.S. District Court to one

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It’s official. Maroon 5 announced Friday that their North American tour would begin next fall. But their world tour will include Theron and Timothy Thomas of R. City – whose song “Locked Away” – features M5 lead singer Adam Levine The 26-date tour of North America kicks off in San

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 39-year-old St. Thomas man was arrested on domestic violence-related charges Sunday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Greg Baron of Estate Hope was arrested at 5:29 a.m. Sunday and charged with second-degree assault and destruction of property-domestic violence, the VIPD said. According to the report,

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – PriceSmart, Inc. announced Friday that for the month of October 2015, net warehouse club sales increased 12.9% to $233.4 million from $206.7 million in October a year earlier. For the two months ended October 31, 2015, net warehouse club sales increased 12.7% to $449.9 million from

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – In order to strengthen their agricultural sectors and avoid or mitigate the negative impact of climate change, Caribbean countries should introduce and promote climate resilient food systems, said Juan Cheaz, senior program coordinator Agricultural Policy and Value Chains at the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation

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           Kasimir Asim McClean CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment on November 5, 2015 charging a 37-year-old St. Thomas man with trying to import marijuana to the territory, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Kasimir Asim McClean is charged with possession

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) said she was able to defeat a measure in Congress that would have cut federal highway funding for the U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands and Guam. According to her office, Plaskett helped defeat an amendment to the Developing a Reliable

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