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Surfing together on the island of St. Thomas in the early 1970s stand, from left, Don Edwards, Harry Hunter, Mick Kollins, Byron Newland, Charles Edwards and Michael Kiddon. (Photo provided by Don Edwards)

Local Surfing Mavericks Share Territory’s ‘Tubular’ History

Surfing is not the first thing that comes to mind when looking at the pristine sheets of sea that surround St. Thomas, but in 1967 Don Edwards moved to the island and was one of the surf pioneers.
Cosmetic chemist Autumn Blum testifies Monday before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumers and Affairs, describing the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Ban on Toxic Sunscreen Moves Forward

The Committee on Rules and Judiciary unanimously approved the ban of toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens on Thursday, moving bill 33-0043 forward to the full Senate. If it is enacted before January 2021 it will make the V.I. the first state or territory in the U.S. to have legislation against the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.

NOAA Predicts ‘Near Normal’ Hurricane Season, But Data Are in Flux

While meteorologists continue to predict that the upcoming hurricane season, which officially starts Saturday, will be near normal to slightly below normal, some of the data supporting that prediction are changing, leading to the possibility of a more active season.

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