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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)

Lolo Willis Loses Appeal on Balbo Construction Tax Case

Former USVI tax director Louis 'Lolo' Willis – who is wrapping up a five-year federal prison term for bribery and extortion – has more worries ahead, now that the V.I. Supreme Court struck down his appeal on a separate criminal case.

More Cruise Ships Likely to be Turned Away In Coming Year

During a meeting of WICO’s board of directors, Director of Marine and Cruise Operations Mark Sabino said things like berth size, Port Authority contracts, and scheduling conflicts create a perfect storm for losing tourism revenue.
Sen. Dwayne DeGraff (D-STT) speaks at Friday's session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Senators Looking for Who to Blame for Horse Racing Halt

Horse racing in the Virgin Islands is not starting up soon. As a matter of fact, the starting gate for the St. Thomas racetrack isn't even in the territory. And senators from the Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation don’t know who to blame.
Xcape is at Havensight’s Plaza Shopping Center, formerly Al Cohen’s Mall, where a set of double doors and a large sign let participants know they have arrived. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

‘Xcape’ Escape Room Pops Up on STT

A new adventure has made its debut on the island of St Thomas and allows participants to experience what it’s like to be a pirate and go on their very own treasure hunt. Xcape, whose parent company is Xelestial Rain Entertainment, has created a pop-up escape room.
Clayton Thomas displays one of his T-shirts for sale. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Symposium Highlights Medical Marijuana as V.I. Starting Date Nears

The use of cannabis in conjunction with traditional medicine gives patients a better outcome than traditional medicine alone, according to doctors speaking Saturday at a St. Croix symposium on medical marijuana. Cannaval was a day-long event that took place at St. Croix Educational Complex.
Jett Blaschka of the USVI drives the ball upfield against Barbados Sunday. (Source photo by Wyndi Ambrose)

Barbados Rolls 5-0, Blocking USVI from Advancing

The U.S. Virgin Islands started Sunday's Olympic qualifying soccer game on St. Croix with hope that if it could Barbados by more than one goal, it would advance a step closer to the Olympics. But the visitors broke open the scoring early and never looked back, winning the game 5-0 and clinching a spot in the next round of Olympic qualification.
Archaeological technician Amelia Jansen of the National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center talks about the excavation of what might have been a utilitarian area for holding water, perhaps for watering livestock or washing clothes. As the NPS is able to receive grants, the progress of unearthing this part of Crucian history will continue. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Ancient Footprints – Lots of Archaeology Happening on St. Croix

National Park Service archaeologist Meredith Hardy and technician Amelia Jansen shared some of the most recent finds at the Christiansted National Historic Site at an open house last week.
Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte defends his department's budget before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday. (Photo from USVI Legislature)

Lack of Berths Holds Down Cruise Ship Numbers, Boschulte Tells Senators

The U.S. Virgin Islands is making slow but steady recovery from the 2017 storms, according to Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte, with strong cruise ship activity and new direct flight services offsetting the impact of hotels under renovation.
Casino Control Commission Chair Violet Ann Golden testifies before the Legislature in 2015. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, the V.I. Legislature)

Federal Grand Jury Charges Violet Anne Golden with Embezzlement

Violet Anne Golden, a former lawmaker and former head of the Casino Control Commission, became the subject of a grand jury indictment alleging embezzlement, conspiracy, wire fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses.
Gay Pride Parade marches through St. Croix. (Submitted photo)

7 Local Groups Sign Letter Condemning Assault on Transgender Woman

Seven local organizations signed and released a letter publicly condemning the act of violence in which four St. Croix women were arrested and charged with attacking a transgender woman on St. Croix, then were released via telephone.

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