Despite the uncertainty hanging over the 2020-21 school year as COVID-19 persists, the Bryan administration is standing firm in its commitment to rebuild and renovate the territory’s ailing public schools within five years.

A Virgin Islander working in the tech industry has endowed a scholarship fund of $25,000 to support computer science students at the University of the Virgin Islands, according to a news release.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has requested from the Legislature a 60-day extension to the State of Emergency declaration enacted on March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly 2,000 territory businesses have received loans under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, according to records obtained by The Daily News.

ST. THOMAS — A St. Thomas man was arrested Saturday after police say he fired his gun while pistol-whipping another man in American Yacht Harbor, and forced two women to file a false police report in an effort to cover up the crime.

An employee of Limetree Bay on St. Croix awaiting trial for possession of an unauthorized firearm was arrested again Saturday and charged in connection with having another illegal weapon, according to court records.

The V.I. Bureau of Corrections and the Virgin Islands Equestrian Equine Therapy Project are partnering to provide The Elite Program, a vocational training course in horse care, horse training and equine assisted therapy to inmates at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility in St. Croix.

While the fate of the territory’s 2020-21 school year remains in flux over COVID-19, the one sure thing for students, parents and teachers is that school will no longer be the same.

Crowds turned out for some July 4th sun and surf at Coki Point Beach, St. Thomas. Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. placed new restrictions last week on V.I. beaches and bars in light of a recent spike in the number of active COVID-19 cases in the territory.

The University of the Virgin Islands is reopening campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix for the fall semester with new safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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ST. THOMAS — So, what’s going on in Frenchtown? Quite a bit, actually. With two new restaurants, a Saturday morning market and other changes, the main drag of Frenchtown is seeing a surge of revitalization to reaffirm the area as a dining destination.

A man was beaten with a pipe and shot Wednesday on St. Thomas, according to V.I. Police spokesman Toby Derima.

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V.I. Attorney General Denise George said on Thursday that Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of helping sex offender Jeffrey Epstein procure and groom girls for sexual abuse, is not facing any charges in the territory.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said during a press conference Thursday that the government will begin requiring some travelers to the territory to be tested for the novel coronavirus, announced new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and implored Virgin Islanders to wear masks every time …

A St. Croix man is facing a rape charge after a woman told police she was afraid he’d kill her, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed by police.

V.I. Police are recruiting individuals to become police auxiliary officers, a job that pays $30,715 annually for a 30-hour work week, according to V.I. Police spokesman Toby Derima.

ST. THOMAS — A 20-year-old St. Thomas man has been extradited from Maryland in connection with the May 25 gunpoint robbery of Exquisite Barber Shop and Bar in Vitraco Park, according to V.I. Police Department spokesman Toby Derima.

A Caneel Bay troupe member parades through the streets of Cruz Bay, St. John, during the 2001 St. John Festival parade.

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A Health Department officer said two white patrons of a bar on St. Croix launched a racist assault on him Saturday while he was citing the bartender for not wearing a face mask, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed in V.I. Superior Court.

ST. THOMAS — V.I. lawmakers passed more than 20 bills in session Monday, forwarding to the governor measures to fund the completion of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium on St. Croix, develop a floating water park on St. Thomas, and greenlight an assisted living facility on St. John.

ST. THOMAS — Police are investigating after a man was shot in the leg Saturday in the Bovoni housing community.