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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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  NBA Superstar Tim Duncan of St. Croix SAN ANTONIO – The off-the-court legal battle between Spurs star Tim Duncan of St. Croix and his former financial adviser Charles Banks intensified this week as Banks accused Duncan of wrongly casting himself as the “innocent” while portraying Banks as the “dishonest

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Conservative journalist James O’Keefe, known for targeting liberal groups and Democratic politicians, says he is now the one being targeted — by the Department of Homeland Security – including one stop in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It all started in August 2014, when O’Keefe donned green fatigues

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WASHINGTON— Embattled Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. plans to launch a new ad campaign and send a new mailing to the owners of millions of recalled vehicles by working with a major insurance industry group. Exploding Takata air bags are linked to at least eight deaths and more than

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      Louise Wrensford ALBANY, Georgia – A graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus has been named the dean of the graduate school at Albany State University.  Louise Wrensford is also the new associate provost for Research and Sponsored Programs, the university said in a statement.

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                       Edward Mangano NEW YORK – One of the top twenty newspapers in the United States is asking the musical question how is it that the business of the Nassau County government has to be discussed in the Virgin Islands and other exotic Caribbean locales – with the government employee’s

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FREDERIKSTED – As summer winds down, the Virgin Islands Police Department’s Office of Highway Safety is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. A 20-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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FREDERIKSTED — Students at the Queen Louise Home for Children will start the new school year with the tools they need to succeed, due in part, to the University of the Virgin Islands “Backpacks for Success” outreach project. University students, faculty and staff donated school supplies to the 18 residents

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     Alvin “Alvin Gee” Southwell at work PHOTO CREDIT: VIRGIN ISLANDS SOURCE CHRISTIANSTED – Legendary radio broadcaster Alvin “Alvin Gee” Southwell apparently died at his apartment in St. Croix from natural causes Thursday, according to friends and family. He was 57. People who listen in to Southwell’s popular news roundup program said a WLDV “Da Vybe”

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police on St. Thomas are asking for help from the public in locating a 16-year-old girl who has been missing since last week, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police said Lyn’Nisha Genita Ambrose left her home in the Tutu High Rise housing community on Wednesday

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          Cramer Park Beach in St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED – A middle-aged black man was found on the beach at Cramer Park on the East End of St. Croix Wednesday night, an apparent drowing victim, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police on regular patrol were dispatched to Cramer Park at

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