The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday struck a hopeful and deeply personal chord for Virgin Islanders, who see both leaders as not just politicians but as neighbors, friends and even family.

ST. THOMAS — The territory’s first “AccessMat” was inaugurated Tuesday at Magens Bay Beach. The brightly colored vinyl mats, along with beach-friendly wheelchairs, give the physically disabled easy access to the water and pave the way for enhancements to come.

U.S. Virgin Islands members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., after celebrating their 113th anniversary last week, are joining women nationwide in wearing pearls today in support one of their own, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who is being sworn in as the first woman and first Black…

ST. THOMAS — A judge has dismissed six charges against Jacques Cajuste, who is accused of stabbing St. Thomas restaurant owner Egbert “Manno” Stuart to death more than 15 years ago — but Cajuste is still facing two murder-related charges not barred by a statute of limitations, according to d…

ST. THOMAS — An airline passenger found with more than nine pounds of cannabis in his luggage told federal investigators it was his and “that he was going to smoke it,” according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

In the absence of a traditional inaugural parade today down Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capital, a virtual parade will feature performances in communities across the country, including the Virgin Islands.

Beachgoers enjoy the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a game of volleyball in the sun and sand at Magens Bay, St. Thomas, on Monday.

The Virgin Islands Association of Washington D.C. has donated 10,000 three-ply civilian masks to the V.I. Health Department and granted scholarships to 10 local students, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

Just like any new arrival to the British Virgin Islands, Governor-designate John Rankin is undergoing a required 14-day quarantine before he will be sworn in as the 15th governor of the British Virgin Islands.

Paying homage to Dr. King

Walkers commemorate the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a walk along the St. Thomas waterfront. The MLK Freedom Walk was organized by the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Epsilon Zeta Chapter, and dedicated to the Ulla F. Muller Elementary School Bamboula Dancers and Drummers.

ST. THOMAS — A woman is in critical condition at Schneider Hospital after being raped and beaten, according to V.I. Police.

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A Puerto Rican man was arrested Thursday evening after federal agents found him on a boat off St. Thomas with more than $100,000 cash in a cooler, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

A former Medicaid eligibility supervisor for the V.I. Human Services Department was charged Friday with lying on government forms to obtain Medicaid benefits that she was not eligible to receive, according to the warrant for her arrest.

Seven students from seven high schools on St. Thomas were awarded Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship awards Friday in recognition of their efforts to model the path and spirit of Dr. King.

V.I. Police officer and National Guardsman Teshawn Adams has been charged with cocaine trafficking and publicly identified as “Target 1,” the individual at the center of a smuggling ring busted by federal agents in Miami on Tuesday night, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court f…

ST. THOMAS — Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., flanked by officials including members of the 34th Legislature and V.I. Housing Authority, broke ground Thursday on new energy-efficient apartments on the site of the old Estate Donoe housing community.

Buck Island Reef National Monument off St. Croix will close from 4 p.m. until sunrise until further notice, following a recent shooting at the popular party spot.

An artist rendering of the $58 million Estate Donoe redevelopment project slated for the site of the former Donoe housing community on St. Thomas. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project, which will include 84 apartments in 14 buildings on 10.6 acres of land, was held Thursday. Page 2

After nearly a year of all-virtual instruction, Virgin Islands schools will move certain students into a hybrid model of both in-person and virtual learning starting next month, according to Education Department officials.

TORTOLA — Officials have pushed back the reopening of the Road Town Ferry Terminal connecting the British Virgin Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands, from Jan. 21 to March 1.

Kahlid Blyden has agreed to plead guilty to a single federal drug crime in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges related to illegal gun possession, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett has been named an impeachment manager by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and will join eight others in presenting the case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

Federal authorities have charged 33-year-old Aneudis Acevedo with leading law enforcement on a high-speed boat chase after a shooting Sunday on Buck Island, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

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The goal of hypnotherapist, Reiki practitioner, life and business coach and Veterans Administration therapist Muria Nisbett, founder of Inside-Out Wellness Center, is to treat the whole person — mind, body and soul.

ST. THOMAS — Calls for unity and cooperation rang through the inaugural events of the 34th Legislature on Monday, even as hints of discord among the body’s majority caucus, and a fervent minority, bled through the Senate’s first session.