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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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FREDERIKSTED – Detectives on St. Croix are investigating two incidents of reckless endangerment that occurred at the same location in Candido Guadalupe Terrace on the same date at different times, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police were notified by the 911 Emergency Call Center at 2:12 a.m. Wednesday

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            James Kelbert SAN JOSE – Virgin Islander by choice James Kelbert played a key role in helping the Virgin Islands’ Under-17 boys basketball team to the championship game of the Centrobasket Tournament in Puerto Rico that earned a spot in next year s FIBA Americas Under-18 Tournament in Tokyo. The

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  CHARLOTTE AMALIE – An elderly Frenchman pleaded guilty to more than three dozen counts of migrant smuggling in federal court Wednesday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. A statement from U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said Alain Rene Leichtnam, 71,  pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Thomas to charges related to migrant

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THE BOTTOM, Saba — A Small Federal Express Cessna Caravan commercial delivery plane crash landed off the coast of Saba on Wedneday afternoon according to published reports. The Small plane operated by FedEx was enroute from San Juan, Puerto Rico  to St.Kitts when the pilot indicated to the air traffic

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    Victoria Hamilton (14) passes the ball EDMONTON – Considered one of the most powerful teams in the tournament Brazil proved its depth was too much in overwhelming the Virgin Islands 72-58 on Wednesday in the FIBA Americas Women’s Championship at the Saville Community Sports Centre. Brazil used its height

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PHILADELPHIA – An indictment was filed recently charging six people with running a “Jamaican lottery” scam in the United States between January 2012 and March 2015, which targeted an Upper Darby man among their prey, U.S. States Attorney Zane David Memeger and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge John P. Kelleghan

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has awarded $28.4 million in Advanced Placement (AP) grants to 38 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands as part of its efforts to boost college- and career-readiness for historically underserved students. The grants will help defray the costs

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CHRISTIANSTED – The University of the Virgin Islands Process Technology program, a part of the College of Science and Mathematics, received a $150,000 donation from Diageo BRAND USVI today. The funds will be awarded as $50,000 annual grants over three years, with a plan to review the investment at the

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CRUZ BAY – The Virgin Islands Police Department’s Weed and Seed Program in the St. Thomas District along with other Law Enforcement agencies are scheduled to conduct its annual Drug Education For Youth and Underage Drinking Prevention Camp from August 16 to 21 in St. John. The VIPD Weed and

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INDIANAPOLIS — St. Croix-raised pro basketball player Rakeem Christmas was part of the NBA’s rookie orientation over the weekend. That process included photos — lots of photos — as well as videos to assert the playful side of each NBA prospect. Here’s Christmas, whose embryonic NBA career has already included two trades (Minnesota

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