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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

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SAN JUAN — With its acquisition of AT&T wireless operations in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico complete, Liberty Latin America is targeting another local communications company, Broadband VI. Pending regulatory approvals, Liberty Latin America announced this week its agreement to acquire Broadband VI, a fixed wireless internet provider in

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SAN JUAN — A Spanish-language countdown will be included for the first time in the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” show this year, the Puerto Rico governor announced Thursday. The segment will be broadcast from Puerto Rico, where thousands are expected to gather at the island’s

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FREDERIKSTED — Accelerate VI, the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park’s tech accelerator program, has been selected as a winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Accelerate VI, a program designed to help early-stage tech companies grow and scale their business from

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Forecasters are monitoring “a vigorous tropical wave” located about 500 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, the National Weather Service said today. The tropical wave is producing a concentrated area of cloudiness and thunderstorms near the wave axis, according to the NWS. Environmental conditions are forecast to

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CHRISTIANSTED — The VIPD Special Operations Bureau served an arrest warrant on a homeless man and charged him with attempted murder and illegal gun possession in connection to a shooting in Watergut nearly two months ago. Curtis Williams, 32 of no fixed address, was arrested at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday and

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FREDERIKSTED — A vehicle pulled over for a routine traffic stop early Thursday evening in St. Croix led to the arrest of one man and the seizure of an illegal gun and ammunition, authorities said. Andy L. Christian, 19, of Estate Whim, was arrested at 5:58 p.m. Thursday and charged

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SAN JUAN — The U.S. Coast Guard reports they are searching for a Texas man who was swept by currents in Puerto Rico. The man went missing Wednesday afternoon off of the Steps Beach in Rincon. 24-year-old Michael Walter, from Dallas, was last seen being swept out to sea by the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE —  A Charlotte Amalie West man was arrested yesterday and charged with the rape of a child on St. Thomas three months ago, authorities said. Mackeem Appleton, 28, of Contant Knolls, was arrested at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday and charged with second-degree rape, contributing to the delinquency of a

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police officials have identified the second of two men who was killed Sunday night in a shooting in the parking lot of a St. Thomas shopping mall. The Virgin Islands Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau said Keris Kareem Phipps, 38, of St. Kitts and Nevis, was the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police need your help tonight to find a St. Thomas man wanted in connection to a burglary that occurred last month. Allen “Buckwheat” Samuel, 47, is wanted for a burglary that occurred on September 19 on Store Tvaer Gade, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. Police described

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