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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

  Jahlil Okafor is a fan of Steph Curry and enjoyed watching the MVP lead the guard-heavy Golden State Warriors to the NBA championship. But Okafor still thinks the best road to a title is through the big man. That is what makes the 6-foot-11 center out of Duke glad

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepNational NewsSt. Croix News

  “Tea party” activists are exhibiting a fervor for budget cuts not seen in years, pushing to slash everything from Social Security to unemployment benefits in their drive to cut the burgeoning federal debt. But while applauding their budget-cutting zeal, economists are divided over whether their prescription is good medicine

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David Feherty, CBS & Golf Channels’ most popular golf analyst, is announced as the new Course Ambassador for Provo Golf Club, the only 18 hole Championship golf course in Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands. PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos islands, June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Provo Golf Club is honored to

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  The Hague (dpa) – The death of a man in police custody triggered riots in the Dutch city of The Hague, leading to one injury and multiple arrests, police reported Tuesday. Hundreds of demonstrators fought lengthy skirmishes with police in the early hours of Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

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  (QCOSTARICA) – The country is in a state of emergency over heavy rainfall and flooding in the Caribbean coast. The ministro de la Presidencia (Chief of Staff) said the government is close to “>declaring of national emergency , that would be mainly for the reconstruction, and, allow greater flexibility

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  PHILADELPHIA — It was a murder on the New Jersey Turnpike — stunning violence near the New Brunswick exit. Now, decades after Black Liberation Army leader Joanne Chesimard was sentenced for the 1973 killing of a state trooper, escaped prison and surfaced in Cuba in 1984, she is first

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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe jokingly said he would travel to the White House and propose to U.S. President Barack Obama, who lauded a historic Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 American states last week. The Zimbabwean leader mocked the 5-4 court decision and condemned marriage

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  CHRISTIANSTED – Forty years after President Gerald Ford banned the export of crude oil from the United States amid supply worries, momentum is building to remove the restriction – and some of the benefits could spill into Caribbean oil refining-countries. With more Iranian oil re-entering the market if sanctions

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PANAMA CITY — The government of Panama has sent a helicopter and crew to provide support to first responder institutions working in the affected areas by the rains in flooding of this past week. The Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) confirmed the helicopter and crew are already in the country,

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