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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEducation NewsSt. Croix News

CHRISTIANSTED – The St. Croix Archaeological Society and the St. Croix units of the National Park Service have the honor of being the hosts for the 27th biennial Congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology in July 2017. This was confirmed when the members and Board of the International

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At VIFreepSports NewsSt. Thomas News

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Edward Gonzalez held Latin America scoreless for seven innings to boost Puerto Rico to a 6-0 victory over the Virgin Islands on Thursday. Gonzalez allowed five hits, no walks and struck out eight. Puerto Rico’s Gonzalez showed his talents on both sides of the diamond with a

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At VIFreepPuerto Rico NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – For the eighth time in nine days, a minor earthquake has registered on the ocean floor off the coast of St. Thomas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake occurred at 10:33 a.m. yesterday and registered 2.5 in magnitude on the

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At VIFreepEntertainment NewsSt. Croix News

FREDERIKSTED – The Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation cordially invites the St. Croix public to come and immerse themselves in the sounds of Quelbe, the official music of the U.S. Virgin Islands during QUELBE AT SUNSET. QUELBE AT SUNSET is an effort to provide the residents and visitors of

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At VIFreepCrime NewsSt. Thomas News

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Three people were arrested on charges ranging from assault to disturbing the peace and domestic violence, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Here are the arrests the VIPD effected and when: * On Tuesday August 4, Valerie Peralta, 23, of Crystal Gade, was arrested and charged

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepNational News

FIORINA PUTS THE PETAL TO THE METTLE TRUMP WILL RIDE OUT INTO THE SUNSET THE VIEW FROM THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS By JOHN McCARTHY/Virgin Islands Free Press The word going into the debate was: How is Donald Trump going to do? And nobody said it better than John Weaver: “Imagine

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Art NewsAt VIFreepSt. Thomas News

“The Marriage of Opposites” (Simon & Schuster), by Alice Hoffman  Midway through Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, the mother of the great impressionist painter Camille Pissarro takes her 2-week-old son into the forest to find a medicine man she hopes can cure him of the malady that has kept him from

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At VIFreepBritish Virgin Islands NewsCrime NewsTechnology News

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – Charges filed recently by the Justice Department against Anthony R. Murgio and Yuri Lebedev have been linked to the hacking of JPMorgan Chase in which information related to 83 million customer accounts was stolen. The two men are accused of setting up an illegal Bitcoin

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – For the seventh time in eight days, a minor earthquake has registered on the ocean floor off the coast of St. Thomas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake occurred at 2:37 p.m. yesterday afternoon and registered 2.9 in

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Former VIPFA Director Julito Francis CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three Virgin Islands men were charged in an indictment unsealed today with various offenses based on their participation in a bribery scheme involving over $17 million in construction contracts awarded by the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority (VIPFA). Assistant Attorney General Leslie

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