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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

Five Dutch police officers have been suspended from their duties after a man from the Caribbean island of Aruba died of suffocation following his arrest at a music festival, prosecutors said Wednesday. The death of Mitch Henriquez, 42, who was on holiday visiting relatives in the Netherlands, on Sunday sparked

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At VIFreepBusiness NewsCaribbean NewsTourism News

  MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela, July 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Caribbean booking website Caribbean Winds has once again increased its hotel offerings, giving sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts even more slices of paradise to choose from than ever before. Inspired by CEO Paul Caswell’s passion for the region, Caribbean

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsCrime NewsSt. Croix News

FREDERIKSTED – Two people were shot and one escaped injury when six men dressed in black opened fire on a parked vehicle near a housing community in Estate Smithfield before 11:54 p.m. Friday, according to police. Police said 20-year-old Jah-heem Lee of Estate Mt. Pleasant in Frederiksted sustained a gunshot wound

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepNational News

  Donald Trump wants to know what Florida Senator Marco Rubio has to say about a San Francisco woman who may have been killed by a convicted felon with five previous deportations. The New York businessman has come under fire for unfiltered comments on the kinds of criminality that accompanies

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEnvironmental NewsTourism News

  Three species of sea turtles – hawksbill, leatherback and green – make nesting sites on the tiny West Indies island every summer and early fall. And for more than 10 years a group of nesting season volunteers has worked day and night to monitor nests and do everything they

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At VIFreepBusiness NewsCaribbean NewsTourism News

The tiny Caribbean island nation of Grenada, with a population near 100,000, may be a bond investor’s nightmare that could also point to a solution for sovereign nations drowning in debt. Bond holders, including one “vulture investor,” take a 50 percent haircut in sovereign debt Grenada, which was hit by

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsSports News

But Rafa looking for answers after loss to upstart journeyman On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand – and whiffed, accidentally smahsing his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEnvironmental NewsTourism News

  Belize’s Great Blue Hole, one of the top dive sites in the world, could be threatened by offshore drilling after the Caribbean nation’s Ministry of Energy proposed offshore oil exploration in 99 percent of Belize’s waters and drilling if oil is found. The plan would include protected marine areas

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

Landry & Kling Announces Rock Legends Cruise IV: 64 Concerts by 22 Bands including Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Grand Funk Railroad, America, John Kay & Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Randy Bachman, Ace Frehley, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Uriah Heep, Foghat, The Outlaws, Rik Emmett, Orianthi, Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown,

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEntertainment News

Ben Affleck and Jenifer Garner are currently in the Bahamas for a family reunion, days after confirming reports about their divorce. On Tuesday, the two announced — a day before their tenth anniversary — that they were separated for 10 months before they decided to end their marriage. Their daughters,

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