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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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                      Rudolf Efremov By RUDOLF EFRAMOV/Special To The V.I. Free Press To think that the United States of America has not achieved full democratic status because of its Constitution as interpreted by its federal courts should be absurd. It should be an unrealistic work of a science fiction writer, a

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  SAN JUAN – Carlos Arce-López, aka “Ferretero,” was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Velez. On April 23, 2015, Arce-López pled guilty to three counts from two separate indictments, charging conspiracy to possess

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CHRISTIANSTED – A tropical wave is approaching the Virgin Islands and expected to bring with it waves of up to seven feet across the offshore Atlantic and Caribbean waters today, according to the National Weather Service. The choppy waves and rough seas will continue tomorrow and showers and thunderstorms are

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     MISSING: Brian Adamitz CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police on St. Thomas are asking for the community’s help in finding a 35-year-old man who has been reported missing. Brian Adamitz was last seen on Wednesday, October 5, 2015 by his roommate leaving his household in Pillsbury Heights on foot traveling to

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WASHINGTON, DC– Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) this week fought back against a provision in the District of Columbia Fiscal Year 2016 Budget that listed the U.S. Virgin Islands among 39 countries recognized by the local D.C. Government as tax havens. “This amendment to the D.C. Budget threatens the territory’s hard-earned reputation as

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Jada Benn Torres from Notre Dame University speaks with a Garifuna man on St. Vincent In the island chain called the Lesser Antilles, stretching from the Virgin Islands south to Trinidad and Tobago, a team of researchers lead by Theodore Schurr, an anthropology professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School

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WANTED: Travis “Poppah Fiyah” Everett FREDERIKSTED – The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking for help from the public in locating a 36-year-old St. Croix man they describe as being a wanted felon. Travis Everett is wanted for second-degree assault-domestic violence, the VIPD said in a prepared statement. Everett is

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  MISSING: Nina Gundolo FREDERIKSTED – A 23-year-old woman who police describe as being a “vulnerable adult” has gone missing. Nina Gundolo was last seen on Monday November 2, 2015 at 1 a.m. in the area of Estate Mountain in Frederiksted. Nina Gundolo stands at 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighs

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Skippy Peanut Butter Recall Affects 16.3-Ounce Size LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Hormel Foods Sales LLC is recalling 153 cases of peanut butter made at its Little Rock, Arkansas, factory because of the potential for metal shavings in the jars. The company says 153 cases of reduced fat creamy Skippy brand

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FREDERIKSTED – The Rotary Club of St. Croix Mid-Isle is pleased to invite all press to the opening event of the Herbert Grigg home for the aged Multi-Sensory Therapy for residents who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease on November 21st at 10am at Herbert Grigg. This project, which is the

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