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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

  CHRISTIANSTED — Stephen Curry has surpassed LeBron James for the most popular jersey in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors star and league MVP topped the list of jersey sales in the NBA for the first time Tuesday. With teammates Klay Thompson ranking fifth and Draymond Green at No. 15,

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At VIFreepCrime NewsNational NewsSt. Croix News

  Allen Stanford, a former St. Croix resident who was convicted in 2012 of running a massive global Ponzi scheme that rivals the Madoff scandal, says he is the victim of an illegal prosecution, and “the clearest of assaults on the U.S. Constitution.” The comments come in Stanford’s formal appeal of his

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British Virgin Islands NewsCaribbean NewsCrime News

  After a four-year ramp up, America’s far-reaching tax law, FATCA – the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (enacted in 2010) – is now in full effect. With over 60 countries (including, most recently, the Vatican) having signed an agreement with the United States related to the enforcement of FATCA,

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At VIFreepInternational NewsTourism News

  With a weekend vote in Greece potentially triggering a derivatives default in Greece, one that banks and Larry Summers have indicated they are prepared for (“foam is on the runway,” Summers said last week), what are the variables to consider in both the long and short term? The weekend

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Black History NewsNational NewsSt. Croix News

The following editorial about St. Croix’s Alexander Hamilton appeared in the Chicago Tribune: ——— Political decisions often are about standing on the right side of history, which is why South Carolina is confronting its treatment of the Confederate battle flag. So here’s a related choice: Should America stand with a

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At VIFreepSports News

Kawhi Leonard is going to be a fixture for the San Antonio Spurs for years to come. Leonard agreed to the basic parameters of a five-year contract to stay with the Spurs early Wednesday, a deal that could be worth $90 million according to a person with direct knowledge of

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At VIFreepNational NewsSports News

  Behind another huge performance from former Rutgers star Carli Lloyd, the USA advanced into the Women’s World Cup final by defeating top-ranked Germany, 2-0, Tuesday night in Montreal. RELATED: World Cup soccer coverage Lloyd scored the first goal of the match by converting a penalty kick to put the

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsSports News

  CHRISTIANSTED, July 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ESPN and ESPN Deportes team up for an unprecedented Olympic-style production to deliver complete multiplatform coverage of the 2015 Pan American Games from Toronto, starting Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Opening Ceremony live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The

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At VIFreepCaribbean NewsTourism News

  ROSEAU, Dominica, June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, has an extra helping of FUN planned for July. The excitement kicks off on July 1 with the four-day Nature Island Food and Drink Festival and continues with the island’s 22 nd annual Dive Fest

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