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Half a dozen young people, local artists and music producers have created a peace song for Carnival 2014. To read more about the song, click here.
 

 
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Memorial Day: Brooklyn Woman Seeks Family of Fallen V.I. Soldier

It's been more than a decade since St. Croix native son Pfc. Jason N. Lynch died in combat in Iraq – June 18, 2004. But his sacrifice has continued to be felt, and not just on the tropical island where he grew up.

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2015-05-24 23:05:38
Beach Advisory for May 18-22

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory, advises the public that these beaches do not meet the water quality standards for swimming or fishing.
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2015-05-23 04:10:37
Acting AG: Government Attorney Ignored Order to Withdraw Cohen Plea Deal

A government attorney ignored orders to withdraw a plea deal allowing St. Croix radio station owner Jonathan Cohen to skirt 20 out of the 21 pending charges of tax evasion, according to the attorney general.

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2015-05-22 01:05:24
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JAMES TO BOYCOTT GOV'T HOUSE GALA, RIPS TURNBULL

The rift between Gov. Charles Turnbull and Lt. Gov. Gerard Luz James II is now public, at least on the lieutenant governor’s part.
At a St. Croix press conference Wednesday that was scheduled to address the V.I. Community Bank-Chase Manhattan deal, James tore into his boss in front of a crowd of supporters and over the airwaves. In response to a reporter’s question, James confirmed that he would not be attending Sunday’s Government House rededication gala because he was allotted only 15 tickets.
"The rumors are certainly the truth," James said, adding that he could very easily use 100 tickets for family, friends and constituents. "I feel very much insulted and I am not going to hold my tongue."
James said the ticket issue was indicative of the "disrespect" that Turnbull’s support staff on St. Thomas has for St. Croix. While James said he wasn’t making his feelings known out of "rancor," he nonetheless blasted the governor for not being a decisive leader, intimating that Turnbull’s chief financial adviser, Rudolph Krigger Sr., among others, is running the government.
"I think the governor has a real serious problem with those individuals that surround him," James said, adding that he spoke to Turnbull about his plans not to attend the gala. "I’m not angry with the governor. I feel he needs to pull his shoestrings tight to move this territory ahead."
The strain between the two men is reminiscent of the sour relationship that developed between former Gov. Roy Schneider and Lt. Gov. Kenneth Mapp and several of their predecessors. The spat between Schneider and Mapp got so bad that the two men hardly spoke to each other.
Compounding problems between Turnbull and James are their stands on the proposed sale of the V.I. Water and Power Authority. James said that during their campaign he and Turnbull promised not to sell the utility, yet the governor is now a proponent of the sale.
Meanwhile, James O’Bryan, an assistant to Turnbull, said he had no comment on the lieutenant governor’s comments "whatsoever."
He did say the ticket allotment for the Government House reopening was guided by the limited space in the building’s 400- to 500-capacity ballroom. He added that a standard procedure to allocate tickets was also used, with former governors, senators, judges and a host of other dignitaries all on the list.
"All you have to do is start doing the math and you’ll recognize the limitations," O’Bryan said.

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