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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

  MIAMI — Four migrant interdictions at sea in the South Florida Straits led the Coast Guard to repatriate 38 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, on Thursday. In all four stops, Cubans were attempting to enter the United States illegally on “unseaworthy vessels,” according to the Coast Guard.

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At VIFreepSports NewsSt. Croix News

  CHRISTIANSTED — St. Croix’s Tim Duncan is returning to San Antonio for a 19th season with the Spurs. Duncan tells the San Antonio Express-News, “I’ll be on the court next year.” Until Duncan made his announcement on Thursday, there was speculation that he could call it a career after the

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsInternational NewsSports News

The mascot for the 2015 Pan Am Games, which open in Toronto next week, is a porcupine named Pachi. The porcupine seems an appropriate symbol. Many across greater Toronto have discovered that the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, like a porcupine, are an uncomfortable creature to embrace.

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At VIFreepBritish Virgin Islands NewsBusiness NewsCaribbean News

  As the commercial used to say, “How do you think they got so rich?” Wal-Mart Stores Inc. owns more than $76 billion of assets through a web of units in offshore tax havens around the world, though you wouldn’t know it from reading the giant retailer’s annual report. A

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsSint Maarten News

  On Saturday June 27th at approximately midnight police patrols and traffic department were sent to the A. J. C. Brouwers road in the vicinity of the “Look out Point” (Harold Jack) to investigate a traffic accident. On the scene the investigating officers encountered a vehicle which had landed on

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2016 Presidential ElectionBreaking NewsCaribbean NewsPuerto Rico News

  Looks like the annual Ricky Martin Foundation charity golf tournament from the Trump International Golf Club in Río Grande, Puerto Rico, will no longer take place after Trump’s derogatory and discriminatory comments against Latinos. The Boricua superstar joins the long list of celebrities, retail companies and networks to drop

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At VIFreepNational NewsTerritorial Affairs

The Republican House leadership, as one of its first acts, too away voting rights from six delegates representing American territories… representing areas such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Five of those delegates are Democrats, while one, from the Northern Marianas Islands, is

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2016 Presidential ElectionArt NewsAt VIFreepCaribbean News

  Donald Trump entered the presidential fray two weeks ago with a flurry of racially-tinged comments that have led to widespread backlash and condemnation. But to one New Jersey author and native of the Dominican Republic, the Republican hopeful’s tactic of “demonizing immigrants” is nothing new for the elites. It’s

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsCaribbean News

For vulnerable Haitian migrants living in the Dominican Republic, the threat of expulsion still hangs in the air two weeks after a deadline expired for undocumented immigrants to register their status in the country. But another deadline is approaching fast, and people at risk of deportation are dividing into two

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