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SAN JUAN — A UPS employee is facing charges related to an alleged Puerto Rico-based cocaine distribution scheme. Jorge Carrasquillo-Ortiz, 41, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, appeared in Boston’s federal court on Monday. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, on multiple occasions, he accepted “large amounts of cash” in exchange

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When you think of rum, what’s the first thing to come to mind? Perhaps a mojito, or a Mai Tai? Maybe a Long Island Iced Tea? If you’re like us, rum is simply equated with tropical tiki drinks, and the occasional wintertime sipper (i.e. hot buttered). But this complex spirit,

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CHRISTIANSTED — One of the most memorable calypso songs of days gone by was “Archie Buck Dem Up,” written by St. Croix calypsonian Prince Galloway. The song celebrated great Virgin Island bandleader Archie Thomas (1919–2002) and it went on to be one of the most popular songs of its time,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A woman on St. Thomas told police that she woke up early Monday morning to find a man inside her residence with a gun. On Monday, August 15, police met with a woman at the Schneider Regional Medical Center about a sexual assault.  The woman told police

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MIAMI — The Atlantic Basin remains pretty quiet.  A weak tropical wave is moving into the far Southeast Caribbean, but its low latitude is resulting in some land interaction with South America so no development is expected. Meanwhile… a pretty active tropical wave has moved off the coast of Africa

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DAY TRIPPER: Akeel Morris ATLANTA — One day after being called up to the major leagues, St. Thomas’ Akeel Morris was optioned back down to Double-A Mississippi. Morris, a right-handed pitcher, did not appear in Friday night’s game in which the Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 8-5. Rob Whalen (1-1,

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EDEN PRARIE, Minn. — Sharrif Floyd had an urge to see the stars and catch another “Old Wife.” He and his Vikings teammate Linval Joseph had limited their offseason travels after January’s first-round playoff loss. The defensive tackles took a few breaks from the team’s training facility to pepper in

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PANAMA CITY — The balmy waters of the Caribbean could turn into a deadly heat trap for countless tiny creatures. The authors of a new study conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama discovered that microscopic sea urchin eggs and larvae may suffer stunting or death when

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico on Friday because of the Zika virus, sending a message to the island that the virus, which has infected more than 10,000 residents, should be taken seriously. The warning came more than six months after the World

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ATLANTA  – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added more Caribbean countries to its growing list of the Zika virus travel alert. The Atlanta, Georgia-based CDC added the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Turks and Caicos Islands to its interim travel guidance related to Zika

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