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Plaskett Asking Biden to Replace U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert

V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett has asked President Joe Biden to replace U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert, saying Shappert refuses to meet her, obstructs meetings with other officials for partisan motivations and has replaced V.I. attorneys with stateside people in a discriminatory manner.
The Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas.

Judge Upholds Murder Charges in 2005 STT Homicide

Fifteen years after a St. Thomas businessman was found dead in his home with a knife in his neck and four years since police dug into a cold case murder investigation, a Superior Court judge upheld the leading charges in the death of Egbert Stuart.
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Plaskett: V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue Has Received COVID Relief Money

The V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue has received advanced federal funding from the U.S. Treasury to begin processing the second round of COVID-19 relief checks to Virgin Islanders.

DOH Says Death of St. Thomas Man May be COVID-Related

The Virgin Islands Department of Health said on Sunday it was investigating the unexpected death of a 41-year-old man on St. Thomas. The man had recovered from COVID-19 five weeks ago, the department said in its news release.
Workmen raise another composite pole on St. John. The new poles are replacing wooden poles that essentially haven't changed significantly in more than 100 years.

FEMA Awards $113 Million to WAPA for Continued Work on STJ

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday it had awarded $133 million to the V.I. Water and Power Authority to continue installing composite utility poles and undergrounding electrical equipment on St. John.

Cape Air Navigating Ever-Changing Times

It was 1989 when Daniel A. Wolf – flight instructor, airplane pilot, airline mechanic and entrepreneur – along with his eight employees, celebrated Cape Air’s first flight, from Boston to Provincetown.

COVID Vaccine Rollout Continues With ‘Encouraging’ Participation

While the V.I. Health Department is still focused on COVID-19 surveillance, testing and outreach, the rollout of the COVID vaccine in the territory has received “encouraging” support and participation from the community, according to Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.

MLK Civil Rights Mystery Ticket Returns to St. Croix

A ticket to a 1956 civil rights rally at Madison Square Garden in New York has come full circle, from moldering in debris in an empty St. Croix home to Texas and now back to St. Croix, to the hands of amateur Virgin Islands historian and collector Julio Encarnacion.

Women’s Coalition Forum Focuses on History of Racism Up to the Present

The third of fourth forums on racism, presented by the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, focused on historical and current examples of racism and – as with previous workshops in the series – asked attendees to enumerate actions to be taken to fight discrimination. 

Coast Guard Stops Illegal Charter off St. John

The Coast Guard terminated an illegal charter for the 29-foot small passenger vessel Alternate Attitude just outside Cruz Bay, St. John, on Sunday. The vessel was reportedly overcrowded.

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