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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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WANTED: Ossie “Uzi” Constant CHRISTIANSTED – Police want the public to help if they spot a 31-year-old man who is wanted on domestic violence-related charges. Police said Ossie Kahmil “Uzi” Constant of Estate Mary’s Fancy is wanted for second-degree burglary-domestic violence. Constant is a black male, with a light brown

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Gen. John Kelly of the U.S. Southern Command WASHINGTON – The number of Islamic extremists in the Caribbean intent on attacking Western targets has crept upward in the last year, the U.S. general overseeing security in Latin and South America said Friday. These would-be attackers largely come from former British

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Deputy Police Chief Arlene Chalwell CRUZ BAY – The Leander Jurgen Command awarded four police officers appreciation awards during its Quarterly Recognition Presentation in St. John on Thursday. The morning event acknowledged police officers with outstanding performances from covering the period of October to December 2015. Arlene Chalwell, St. John

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  CONVICTED: Rohan Myers of Jamaica FORT LAUNDERDALE – A Jamaican national who crammed more than 6.5 pounds of cocaine into his long-legged compression underwear in an unsuccessful drug-smuggling attempt was sentenced Wednesday to 2.5 years in federal prison. Rohan Myers, 40, was arrested in September at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International

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  FROST BIT? Linval Joseph of St. Croix EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – St. Croix’s Linval Joseph is expected to start in the Vikings playoff game against Seattle at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday. Nose tackle Joseph, who missed last weekend’s victory at Green Bay because of a nagging toe injury,

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  D.R. Central Bank Governor Héctor Valdez SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The economy of the Dominican Republic grew 7 percent last year and established itself as the most robust in the Latin American and Caribbean region, officials said Wednesday. Central Bank Governor Héctor Valdez credited in part the drop in

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SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs are winning easily, resting their stars and giving big minutes to role players. In almost every way, it’s been their best start to a season. Tim Duncan scored a season-high 18 points and the Spurs had eight other players in double figures, rolling

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Hannah Davis and Derek Jeter Newly engaged couple Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis are consistent with being private with their relationship, especially to the details of their wedding plans. They could be talking with companies similar to Winnie Couture Bridal to figure out the details for all we know. The

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    The Panamian-flagged Chem Venus MEXICO CITY – The Mexican Navy says it has rescued nine Cuban migrants found adrift in a makeshift boat off Mexico’s Caribbean coast. The Navy said Thursday the private, Panama-flagged tanker ship Chem Venus spotted the Cubans on Tuesday. The Navy dispatched a ship

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The Three Kings Day holiday (feist of the Epiphany for the more religious amongst us) traditionally marks the end of the Christmas season in the Virgin Islands. And especially in St. Croix, just as with Three Kings Day, there is a Spanish flare to what people drink at the holidays.

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