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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix teenager got a welcome home celebration worthy of any hero. But Lowell Thomas, 13, isn’t just any young person on the Big Island. He struggles with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and survived a heart transplant in 2017. Thomas recently returned from a week-long Disney cruise to

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In Cadwell Turnbull’s sci-fi novel The Lesson, powerful aliens occupy the U.S. Virgin Islands. Turnbull, who grew up on St. Thomas, says he meets many people who have no idea that the territory even exists. “When I first went to Pittsburgh for my undergrad, I would talk to people about the

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LONDON — Adrienne Williams-Octalien, Director of the USVI Office of Disaster Recovery, recently joined ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Atlanta on a five-day collaborative experience focused on reinforcing economic and cultural ties between the two countries. The British Consulate-General

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Off The Rocks Rescue is hosting their inaugural fundraiser at host location Caribbean Fish Market, St. Thomas, on Saturday, November 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. A $30.00 donation includes two glasses of wine, compliments of Bellows International, two raffle tickets for a chance to win fabulous

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority (WAPA) has provided copies of the leases requested by Senator Kenneth Gittens, but he said that “they do little to alleviate concerns about the utility’s spending and management practices.”  “I do appreciate that WAPA’s CEO eventually provided additional information on

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FREDERIKSTED — Limetree Bay Refining is inviting the public to attend a “community outreach and open house event” this week at the University of the Virgin Islands. The event will provide residents with the opportunity to learn more about the benefits and/or impact the facility may have on our community.

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CHRISTIANSTED — Acting Juan Luis Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dyma Williams today announced the graduation of hospital-based law enforcement officers Dequan Bondieumaitre and Claudelle Abraham from the Virgin Islands Police Academy on November 4. Officers Dequan Bondieumaitre and Claudelle Abraham are the first hospital-based peace officers in the territory, Williams said.

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ATLANTA — The CDC says it’s making progress in the investigation into vaping lung injuries and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this weekend that vitamin E acetate, in combination with THC may be to blame for the national outbreak of e-cigarette lung injuries. THC is the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands took another in a series of strategic moves designed to encourage economic development under the aegis of Governor Albert Bryan, Jr.  The expanded Hotel Development Bill, No 33-0104, signed into law on October 7 allows hotel developers to channel a percentage of room revenue to finance renovating existing

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CHRISTIANSTED — Police are investigating an armed robbery of a discount store that happened in La Grande Princesse on Saturday afternoon. A woman told St. Croix police that “a tall black male with a mask over his head” came in to Super Dollar Store at Five Corners and put a

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