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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 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.

At VIFreepNational NewsTechnology News

  Planes, trains and automobiles—which are the easiest to hack? When passengers at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport found themselves seriously delayed on June 21, they may have first suspected adverse weather conditions or mechanical trouble. But the reason planes were grounded was because the airline, Poland’s LOT, was being attacked

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

  New Itineraries From Port Canaveral and Tampa to Take Guests On An Ultimate Adventure MIAMI, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — By popular demand, Majesty of the Seas will continue to offer short cruises sailing with Royal Caribbean International. The largest and most award-winning global cruise line announced today that

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepCaribbean NewsNational NewsPuerto Rico News

  Democratic presidential candidates are weighing in on the Puerto Rican debt crisis following a public plea by Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro García Padilla. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley was the first to do so in a detailed statement; that was followed by a cryptic tweet from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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At VIFreepNational News

  The questions at the core of the debate that has consumed the internet are complex – even though her identification as black seems self-evidently wrong “Are you African American?” There should be just two possible answers: yes or no. Yet for Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights leader in Washington

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsEntertainment NewsNational News

  In news that’s sure to restoke the flames of controversy surrounding accused sexual assaulter Bill Cosby, the Associated Press reported that today they have obtained a 2005 deposition Cosby had given in a civil lawsuit filed against him by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Constand, first through a

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At VIFreepNational NewsSports News

  We remember the moments, not the trophies. What will resonate next year, or at the next Women’s World Cup, or even come the next decade, will not be the United States Women’s National Team hoisting a third Women’s World Cup trophy after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat of Japan. What will

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsNational News

On Monday afternoon, the South Carolina state senate voted to remove the Confederate flag from the Confederate memorial on the grounds of the State House. The vote passed 37 to 3, according to the Associated Press. The South Carolina House of Representatives must vote on the matter next, this vote

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Art NewsAt VIFreepInternational News

  Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 and in her short-lived life became one of the most important Mexican icons, not only with her paintings, but with her strong, outspoken and enduring personality. Kahlo met fellow painter Diego Rivera, and they got married when she was 22 into

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At VIFreepEntertainment NewsNational News

  “I don’t think I’ll be famous,” Amy Winehouse remarked in 2003. “I don’t think I could handle it.” She was half-right, but more than she knew. This month marks four years since Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning at the far-too-young age of 27. “Amy,” director Asif Kapadia’s absorbing documentary

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepBreaking NewsNational News

Donald Trump doesn’t know when to stop digging. Trump appears to have deleted a tweet he quoted that made questionable comments about Jeb Bush and his wife. On July 4th, Trump quoted another users tweet which claimed to know why Bush likes “Mexican illegals.” The tweet appeared to be live

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