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Black History Spotlight: Casper Holstein

In observance of February as Black History Month, the Source is highlighting Virgin Islanders who've made outstanding accomplishments in various fields. Today we spotlight a man characterized by different people at different times as a racketeer, a philanthropist and a powerful black businessman who left his mark on the Harlem Renaissance, Casper Holstein.

Seasonal Prohibition on Fishing Caribbean Federal Waters, Grammanik Bank off St. Thomas

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the upcoming seasonal closure on fishing for or possession of red, black, tiger, yellowfin and yellowedge grouper in U.S. Caribbean federal waters.

HUD Awards $69,000 to Help V.I. Families Reach Self-sufficiency

HUD has awarded $69,380 to the USVI Housing Authority to continue helping public housing residents participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and/or reside in public housing to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on public assistance and rental subsidies.
A damaged St. Thomas home with a blue tarp roof in March of 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

Long Chains of Recovery Subcontractors Make For Kafkaesque Nightmare

With complaints and protests piling up about slow pay for emergency post-hurricane V.I. roof and home repairs, long chains of contractors and subcontractors complicate disputes by blurring lines of responsibility.

EU Places USVI on Money-Laundering Blacklist

The European Union has placed the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa, on a list of 23 high-risk jurisdictions it says are “posing significant threats” to the European Union’s financial system as a result of strategic deficiencies in their Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terror regimes.

Body Found Floating in Cruz Bay Harbor

A body was found floating in the Cruz Bay Harbor near the customs dock Thursday morning, and while the V.I. Police Department said preliminary investigation shows no sign of foul play, police are continuing to investigate.

Man Arrested After Chase Through School Zone

The V.I. Police Department on Tuesday arrested 33-year-old Darren Hodge after a chase that started in a school zone, police reported.

Trial for Licensing Officer, Accused of Soliciting Sex, Set for April

A compliance officer for Licensing and Consumer Affairs has pleaded not guilty after a federal grand jury charged him with soliciting a bribe as a public employee.

From Service Provider to Administrator, It’s All About Health for Encarnacion

In an interview with the Source Wednesday, Justa Encarnacion traced her career from the first spark of interest to her recent appointment by Gov. Albert Bryan as the commissioner-designee for the Virgin Islands Health Department.
The Virgin Islands Supreme Court, from left, Chief Justice Rhys S. Hodge, Associate Justice Ive Arrington Swan and Associate Justice Maria M. Cabret. (Government House photo)

High Court Strikes Criminal Counts in 2012 St. John Murder Case

A three-judge panel sitting on the the Virgin Islands Supreme Court ordered a lower court to change the verdict in a 2012 murder case to remove provisions they said ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

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