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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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CRUZ BAY – Firefighters in St. John responded to a two-alarm blaze in Estate Enighed early Christmas morning. Two units from Zulu Company got the 911 Emergency Call at 2:26 a.m. Friday that the house at #7-7 Enighed was engulfed in flames. When firefighters arrived, they surrounded the one-story residential

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           Jill and Joe Biden in St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED — Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will be ringing in 2016 in tropical style. The couple is heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday for a holiday vacation, the White House announced

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STALLING TACTICIAN: Neville James CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The 31st Legislature will vote on the sale of HOVENSA oil terminal assets to Limetree Bay, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital, on Tuesday Dec. 29, a spokeswoman at Government House said late Wednesday. The Senate will have to weigh the benefits of Limetree

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SPLITSVILLE 4 SUPERCOUPLE? This much appears to be true. Hannah Davis and Derek Jeter have been apart in the days leading up to Christmas. But the separation may be a sign of a troubled relationship between the recently engaged couple, according to Terez Owens. “We were the first to report

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WASHINGTON – More than 210,000 people suffer an episode of food-borne illness every day in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Half of those afflicted are children under five, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says. With that in mind, PAHO has recommended five “keys” to safer food for the holiday

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BOULDER, Colo. – Scientists say reconstructing the magnitude of past volcanic eruptions is important in informing predictions about future eruptions and hazards. But this is difficult to accomplish from records on land – old eruptions are often eroded away, buried beneath later eruptions, or obscured by vegetation and soil. Because

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St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa FREDERIKSTED – Aimbridge Hospitality’s Caribbean division has assumed management of the 150-room Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Owned by Carambola Northwest LLC, a U.S. Virgin Islands entity, the

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           John McCarthy ‘MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES’ IS A CHINESE CURSE BILLIONAIRE WHO BEST REPRESENTS THE AMERICAN DREAM THE JADED VIEW FROM THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS By JOHN McCARTHY/Virgin Islands Free Press We had some advance warning that 2015 was bound to be

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ARRESTED: Scott Liebowitz of Dallas, TX CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 41-year-old Dallas native was arrested on domestic violence-related charges on Tuesday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police arrested Scott Liebowitz of Frenchman’s Bay about 7:26 a.m. on Tuesday, the VIPD said. Liebowitz is charged with third-degree assault-domestic violence.

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FORT-DE-FRANCE – Martinique is just the latest Caribbean country or territory in the Americas to report autochthonous, or local transmission of Zika virus, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Epidemiological report this week. This makes the island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea the 11th

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