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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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         Mona Island near Puerto Rico SAN JUAN – United States authorities say they have detained 13 people from India who were part of a group of migrants heading to Puerto Rico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jeffrey Quinones says it’s the first time in more than a decade that

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WILLEMSTAD – Venezuela’s state-run oil firm Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. will receive a 935,000-barrel cargo of Angola’s Girassol medium crude at its Bullen Bay terminal in Curaçao next week, after awarding a tender to Norway’s oil company Statoil, according to traders and information from Reuters. PDVSA in September changed the

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KINGSTON – The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Friday announced that Jamaica completed the conversion of its research reactor to low enriched uranium this month, decreasing proliferation risks and making the Caribbean region completely free of highly-enriched uranium. In the announcement, IAEA said the conversion of the so-called SLOWPOKE

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SAN JUAN — NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Working with

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CHRISTIANSTED – Sixteen beaches on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are not safe for swimming or fishing, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. DPNR said that eight beaches should be avoided on St. Thomas: Water Bay, Sapphire, Vessup Bay, Bluebeards, Secret Harbor, Bolongo Bay, Frenchman’s

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MID-ISLAND – Two men armed with one gun held up a t-shirt store in broad daylight and got $10 each for their efforts, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center alerted police to a robbery at Paradise Tees and Novelties in Barren Spot at 12:11

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor signed an executive order on Friday banning the use of plastic bags across the U.S. territory, defying legislators who just days ago rejected a similar bill. The ban will take effect in mid-2016 and will be preceded by a six-month educational campaign, Gov. Alejandro

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        Karrine Steffans of St. Thomas NEW ORLEANS — For years, Karrine Steffans was one of the most sought after video vixens in the hip hop industry. In the late ‘90s and early 2000s she had roles in more than 20 projects by multiplatinum-selling rap artists, appearing alongside the likes

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            Michael Lewis of St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 36-year-old Estate Dorothea man pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession charges in federal court in St. Thomas Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Dubbed “an armed career criminal” in the federal indictment against him, Michael A. Lewis admitted in U.S.

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FORT LAUDERDAILE – A passenger plane at Hollywood International Airport caught fire this afternoon. The 767 plane from Dynamic Airlines was surrounded by emergency crews.  It appeared that passengers were being escorted off the plane. Airport officials says the airline is a relatively new carrier at the airport and flies

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