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“Land of Love and Drowning” (Riverhead Books), by Tiphanie Yanique CHARLOTTE AMALIE – For the people on the U.S. mainland, if they think about the U.S. Virgin Islands at all, they think of rum punches, tropical resorts and hurricanes. Tiphanie Yanique’s debut novel, “Land of Love and Drowning,” is a

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  MIAMI — Mayra Rios didn’t want to leave her native Puerto Rico. But the constant bullying that her autistic son faced at school and the lack of services available to him were the last blow. “Over there it’s almost impossible to live,” she said in Spanish at her modest two-bedroom

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  Oskar Rodriguez can usually be found busting a move and breaking a sweat as a backup dancer for artists such as Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, but now he’ll be centered stage as he stars in the new season of HULU’s original series “East Los High.” Born and raised

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           Nelson Gomez of Puerto Rico Four athletes — three baseball players and a weightlifter — have been thrown out of the Pan Am Games for doping infractions but not the swimmer whose banishment would benefit Canada’s medal total. Mexican weightlifter Cynthya Vanessa Dominguez, Colombian baseball player Javier Jesus

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  By SANDRA D. RODRIGUEZ COTTO “Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tú lo sepas,” (I am a Puerto Rican, so you know it) seems to be the eternal chant of Puerto Ricans everywhere. And year after year, that’s exactly what thousands of voluptuous Boricua women sing while moving their buttocks in

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CHRISTIANSTED – The 31st West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference will be hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Croix next month. Representatives from Caribbean agricultural institutions, agricultural economists, and agriculture policymakers will meet from Sunday, August 9 to Friday, August 14, 2015 at a hotel in Estate

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp was correct to object to the current state flag of South Carolina – it does have symbolism of the Confederacy in it — and Confederate ideals are tied in the American psyche to racism and slavery. Virgin Islands Daily News Executive Editor Gerry Yandel took

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CHRISTIANSTED – The former Managing Editor of the St. Croix Avis newspaper has taken a public stance in favor of the scofflaw businessman who did not pay an employee their final paycheck, according to a post on LinkedIn. Stephanie Hanlon-Nugent, a part-time instructor at the University of the Virgin Islands,

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  SAN JUAN — Everyone is all about the “Minions” movie right now, but one company has taken it too far while promoting the film. A week before the movie premiered on July 10, Kotex Puerto Rico posted on its official Facebook that they were ready to watch the flick.

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SAN JUAN — On an island that is flirting with default, fending off comparisons to Greece and losing its people to the mainland, the biggest problem most people face is something more elemental — one of the worst droughts in Puerto Rico’s history. There has been so little rain here

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