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Police Commissioner Rodney F. Querrard Sr. discusses the Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, homicide of Keithroy Caines at Oswald Harris Housing Court.

 
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Jewels of the Virgin Isles – One Year Later

When I decided to bring this column to life on Nov. 1, 2013, it was to raise awareness about the incredible contributions that men and women from the U.S. Virgin Islands are making to American life and on an international scale.

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2014-10-30 22:33:41
DeJongh, Atlantic Basin Official, Sign Operating Agreement for Refinery

Gov. John deJongh Jr. and principals of Atlantic Basin Refining VI signed an operating agreement Wednesday that, once approved by the Legislature, will begin the process of restarting the oil refinery on St. Croix's south shore.

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2014-10-29 20:13:06
V.I. Agencies Prepping For Ebola But Risk Is Slight, Officials Tell Senate

V.I. Health, hospital and emergency management officials are coordinating, training and preparing for the nightmare scenario of an Ebola outbreak in the territory, but agency officials told senators Wednesday an outbreak is unlikely and there is no cause for alarm.

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2014-10-29 19:16:07
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Book About V.I. Native Hubert Harrison Generating Academic Buzz

Perry's new biography of Harrison is garnering considerable acclaim in academic circles.
Perry's new biography of Harrison is garnering considerable acclaim in academic circles.

A scholarly book about St. Croix native Hubert Harrison, a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, is getting good reviews from academics. "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918," a recent biography written by Jeffrey Perry, was given a glowing review in the American Library Association's "Choice" magazine recently.
"This critically important book will do for Harrison what David Levering Lewis did for [W. E. B.] Du Bois," wrote Wayne Glaser, director of the African-American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, describing the work as "meticulously researched" and "essential for all levels" of study.
Born in Estate Queens Quarters in 1883, Harrison came to New York as a 17-year-old orphan, never to return to the Virgin Islands. Largely self-taught, Harrison became the foremost African-American intellect of his time and the father of Harlem Radicalism, according to Perry.

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A leading black organizer in the Socialist Party in its very early 20th-century heyday, Harrison founded the New Negro Movement and wrote prolifically. In 1920 he was the principal editor of Marcus Garvey's "Negro Works," and it was under Harrison's editorship the magazine went worldwide. He was also the first regular black writer of book reviews.
A self-described working-class scholar who was educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia, Perry preserved and inventoried the Harrison papers at Columbia University before writing the book, the first of two planned works on Harrison. For more on the book and its author, see the link to Perry's website in the related links below.

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