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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

  HAVANA — With its tart lime daiquiris, salty plantain chips and pulsing salsa music, El Floridita, a cocktail bar in Old Havana once frequented by writer Ernest Hemingway, can always draw a crowd. Every day, as the tavern doors open around noon, European, Canadian and American tourists file in

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepCaribbean NewsTerritorial Affairs

Charles Manson wanted to start a race war in America by directing his “family” to mass murder people and then try to put the blame on black folks. Last month, confessed mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof was accused of trying to put the country at odds against itself over race.

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsInternational News

  New figures showing a sharp decline of foreign investments in Latin America made big headlines in many countries in the region in recent days, but there is other, less noticed data that should trigger even bigger alarm bells. I’m talking about the latest indicators of innovation, which have a

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At VIFreepInternational NewsSports News

  As the 102nd Tour de France gets underway in the compact streets of the Dutch city of Utrecht on Saturday, it will mark the beginning of what promises to be one of the most exciting battles for the famed yellow jersey in years. One year after Vincenzo Nibali claimed

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsCrime News

  Amsterdam (DPA) – About 200 people are in custody in the Dutch city of The Hague after yet another night of protests against police violence prompted by last weekend’s death of an Aruba visitor during his arrest, authorities said Friday. The protests have been ongoing since Monday, after footage began

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At VIFreepNational News

WASHINGTON, July 4, 2015 / — On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays will be marked with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsHealth News

Antibodies now identified for 3 of 4 strains; second team looks at epidemic-prone viruses Singapore researchers are one step closer to whipping up a “drug cocktail” that can attack all four strains of the dengue virus, and they have also discovered why some dengue strains are more likely to lead

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At VIFreepNational News

  With a salutary blast of cannon fire, the wooden frigate, L’Hermione, sailed triumphantly into New York on Thursday, in a scene reminiscent of the Revolutionary war. L’Hermione is an exact replica of the vessel that in 1780 carried the “French founding father”, general Marquis de Lafayette, and a detachment

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsHumanitarian News

  ORANJESTAD — The quest by three  modern-day slaves for $80 million in restitution has come to Curacao. Three Cuban slave-labor victims were given the High Court’s go-ahead to enforce a $50 million claim won in a United States court against any assets that a drydock firm based in the Caribbean

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At VIFreepBusiness NewsCaribbean News

For aspiring lawyer Christien Levine, police carding isn’t an abstract legal battle; as a person of Caribbean descent sensitive to racial profiling, it’s something he’s had to deal with his whole life. So instead of selling his services as a criminal defence lawyer, he’s giving them away free in the

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