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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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ACCUSED OF MONEY LAUNDERING: Guy Wildenstein PARIS — International art dealer Guy Wildenstein went on trial in Paris Monday on charges of tax fraud and money laundering, after two relatives tipped off investigators about the family’s financial dealings — prompting authorities to demand a staggering 553 million euros ($602 million)

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CHRISTIANSTED – Police responded to reports of gunfire and fights at the Aqua Lounge Night Club in Estate Castle Coakley about 3 a.m. Sunday. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to the nightclub after receiving reports of fights inside and outside the Aqua Lounge and guns being fired. When

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 46-year-old St. Croix man said he was entertaining two women in his Estate Richmond home New Year’s Eve when a man barged into the house, claimed one of the women was his girlfriend and attacked him with a hammer, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The

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ARRESTED FOR DUI: Ashley Roseboom CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) reported that at least five people have been arrested on St. Thomas on charges ranging from drug possession to drunk driving  and domestic violence. * On Friday, January 1, 2016 – Alciann Enclewood, 34, of Pile

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HAVANA – Is Cuba’s rising travel trade a threat to leading Caribbean destinations? That depends on whom you ask. Until recently, the détente between the United States and its longtime foe had generated more headlines than actual tourism business; in fact, tourism from the United States to Cuba is still

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 Rakeem Christmas INDIANAPOLIS – It is every player’s dream to get called up to the “big leagues.” But for Rakeem Christmas, the NBA dream only lasted for two days and one game – and he didn’t even get any playing time. Christmas was called up by the Indiana Pacers before

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FREDERIKSTED – A 25-year-old man walking home in the early morning hours today was shot in the leg near the Walter I.M. Hodge Pavilion. The 911 Emergency Call Center alerted police to the shooting in Estate Smithfield at 3:43 a.m. Sunday, according to the VIPD. Police said the man is

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    Modern-day pirates of the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN – Two incidents of armed piracy against sailing vessels reported in the Caribbean in the last 10 days have prompted an Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) warning. OCC Commodore John Franklin has issued an alert to vessels sailing in waters between

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FOOT INJURY RETURNS: Linval Joseph EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – While nearly all of the Minnesota Vikings were participating in practice on New Year’s Day, there is one large absence. A very large one. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph sat out of practice on Friday, making it the third consecutive practice that

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SAN JUAN – Health officials in Puerto Rico reported the island’s first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus recently linked to the rise of a serious neurological disorder among newborns in Brazil. “There is no reason for alarm, and the public should continue to take commonsense steps to avoid mosquito

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