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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

  The videos on social media show five burly police officers and one man on the ground in a stranglehold. Mitch Henriquez, a black man from Aruba, died soon afterwards and three nights of rioting ensued in an immigrant quarter in The Hague. Was his skin colour a factor? THE

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Art NewsAt VIFreepSt. John News

DRUNK BAY, St. John — Deep within the human psyche lies a need to create. From simple prehistoric cave paintings depicting deer, bears and cats to modern street art with a message, humans have left artistic marks in myriad ways through the millenniums. On St. John, a relatively new tradition

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At VIFreepBreaking NewsBritish Virgin Islands NewsBusiness News

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A United States probe into the Swiss banking system has revealed that a prominent bank – headed by a man whose family is famous for winemaking – has used the British Virgin Islands’ lax income reporting laws to bilk the American people out of billions in tax

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsPuerto Rico NewsSt. Thomas News

By JOHN McCARTHY/Virgin Islands Free Press CHARLOTTE AMALIE – For the second time in four 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 was 2.7 in magnitude and occurred

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsPuerto Rico News

As Greece threatens the European order with its inability to pay a suffocating debt, Puerto Rico teeters on the verge of similar collapse. The crisis has driven millions of American citizens into poverty, out of their homes and – increasingly – on to the US mainland. Years of migration and

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsEntertainment News

KRALENDIJK, Bonaire (VIFreep) — Yonanas, the innovative dessert maker that churns out delicious “ice cream” from just frozen fruit has announced a new opportunity for fans to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One lucky sweepstakes winner and a guest will win a roundtrip vacation for two to the Caribbean island of Bonaire.

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At VIFreepEnvironmental NewsNational News

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., July 8, 2015  — After more than two years of intensive rehabilitation and care, Mahi, a juvenile green sea turtle who was rehabilitated by The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, was released at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, on Vilano Beach in St. Augustine, Florida. Prior to her

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2016 Presidential ElectionAt VIFreepHumanitarian News

  CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Honduran migrant Gerardo Cruz never saw the face of the man who pushed him off the train’s ladder as he rode through Chontalpa, Mexico. But through the black of that March night, 20-year-old Cruz said he could make out the white lettering of “Policía Federal”

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At VIFreepBritish Virgin Islands NewsCaribbean News

Mitt Romney made tax havens like the Cayman Islands household words. But even Willard might blush at how much money the BVI took in last year. That’s right, while we were eating cheese and bread, my neighbors 40 miles to the north were raking in $92 billion in 2013. That’s

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At VIFreepBritish Virgin Islands NewsBusiness NewsCaribbean News

  Attorneys representing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak threatened to take legal action against the Wall Street Journal over allegations of corruption, and claimed that the report was part of a plot against him. Najib has been accused of siphoning off $700 million from a state-controlled investment fund into his

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