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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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Kaylyn Rose Sommer on Norwegian Pearl MIAMI – Federal agents were on hand at the Port of Miami on Sunday to begin an investigation into reports that a 24-year-old woman jumped overboard from a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship as it sailed off the coast of Cuba. Kaylyn Rose Sommer “was

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Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla SAN JUAN – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of Interior are joining forces with the Governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to

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CAPTURED: Travis Everett CHRISTIANSTED – A 36-year-old St. Croix man wanted on domestic violence-related charges was captured without incident by police Saturday night, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Travis Everett, 36, of Frederiksted who is wanted for second-degree assault-domestic violence was captured at 7:23 p.m. Saturday in Estate

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Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two people were drowned and three others injured when the boat they were on struck a concrete piling as it was trying to dock Sunday night, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center alerted police at

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MUG SHOT: Jason Brian Coulter CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The suspect in the murder of a 60-year-old lab technician originally from Tennessee was returned to the territory on Friday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Jason Brian Coulter, 31, was extradited to St. Thomas from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – VITRAN bus service will expand to Saturdays beginning this weekend, according to the Department of Public Works. VITRAN will offer “abbreviated fixed route service for all three islands” starting on Saturday, DPW Commissioner Gustav James said in a prepared statement. Passengers can enjoy free rides on November

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GEORGE TOWN – A strong earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck the Caribbean Sea between Honduras and the Cayman Islands last night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake, which struck at 6:39 p.m. local time in Honduras or 7:39 p.m. local time in the Cayman

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FREDERIKSTED – Hummingbird Air based out of the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix has suspended its operations here following the crash-landing of one of its three Beech C99s at St. Lucia’s Vigie Airport earlier this month, the second such incident to have occurred within the last four months.

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NEW YORK – Platinum-selling and chart-topping duo R. City, with special guest and coach Adam Levine, are set to perform their hit single “Locked Away” on the live Tuesday, November 17 telecast of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice.” R. City is the dynamic duo featuring St. Thomas-born

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Scott Fagan’s obscure 1968 album South Atlantic Blues finally sees its reissue 47 years after the fact. As Chris Campion at St. Cecilia Knows, the label reissuing the album, explains: “By rights, we should already be celebrating Scott Fagan as one of the icons of his era, alongside Donovan, Tim

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