Just a glance at Deja-Marie Simon’s art is enough to leave an impression. Her vibrant, colorful portraits noted for their large, pronounced eyes, pursed lips and range of emotions, from joy to sadness to defiance, have garnered the senior at the V.I. Montessori School and Peter Gruber Intern…

Deja-Marie Simon, a senior at Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy on St. Thomas, sports a face mask bearing her artwork.

The cruise industry has been dealt a report card by environmental group Friends of the Earth that a parent might not want to tack on a refrigerator door, but the cruise industry is pushing back.

Catholic Bishop Herbert Bevard has stepped down as leader of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, according to a letter issued Friday.

ST. THOMAS — V.I. lawmakers on Thursday narrowly approved amendments to a divisive debt refinancing law signed by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. The amendments, which were requested by Bryan’s own financial team, reignited a fierce debate on the Senate floor over the law’s short-term gain and long-te…

Five people convicted of serious violent crimes, including four individuals charged with murder, are scheduled for parole hearings, according to V.I. Bureau of Corrections spokesman Winthrop Maduro.

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The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources has deployed three new fish-aggregating devices, according to a news release from DPNR Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol.

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ST. THOMAS — A 31-year-old man has been charged with stabbing two people at a St. Thomas bar in a dispute over $2 worth of food, according to V.I. Police.

A St. Thomas couple is accused of orchestrating a horrifying kidnapping and hours of brutal torture by two Crucian “hitmen,” that only ended when a V.I. Police officer spotted the victim attempting to flee, according to documents filed in V.I. Superior Court.

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Students with no access to a computer are finding themselves on the wrong side of a “digital divide” that could potentially stymie their education for weeks or even months, according to the local chapters of the American Federation of Teachers. As such, the V.I. Education Department is suspe…

V.I. lawmakers advanced a trio of bills on Tuesday to rein in the V.I. Water and Power Authority, marking one of the most expansive single-day efforts to heighten oversight and accountability of a utility awash in debt.

ST. THOMAS — The Frett family lost everything earlier this month in a kitchen explosion that burned down their Smith Bay home. Evans Frett, the father, was not home at the time, but the mother, Susan Dumas, was able to safely get their 5-year old, 4-year old and 1-year-old twin sons out befo…

To help residents protect against wind damage, the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency will distribute free blue roof sheeting to the public Friday on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The V.I. Police Department is asking community members to take a 20-question survey to help gauge public perception of the department.

While Census takers in the U.S. Virgin Islands now have until Oct. 18 to capture an official head count of the territory, the extension is not all roses, as many field workers who were previously available in the summer will now be leaving and put a shrinking Census staff in a precarious rac…

Census taker Alexa Mathurin interviews a resident at a housing complex on St. Croix.

An integrated online case management system for the V.I. Superior and Supreme courts has been more than two years in the making, and the newly-unveiled suite of websites gives Virgin Islanders unprecedented public access to the territorial courts.

Limetree Bay Terminals, LLC has awarded 17 scholarships to 2020 graduates from local high schools to assist them in their pursuit of a degree at an accredited U.S. college or university.

Cathy Molasco, left, helps her family load desks and chairs into the car Thursday at Charlotte Amalie High School on St. Thomas. In light of school being “all-virtual” for its first semester, the V.I. Education Department announced the distribution of desks, chairs, laptops and MiFi devices …

Foundation grants offered to boost virtual learning

Addressing the issues of gender identity and self-discovery, the young adult novel “Felix Ever After,” written by Virgin Islands author Kacen Callender, will soon be televised.

A federal appellate court has vacated the $892,402 restitution order for St. Croix radio station owner Jonathan Cohen, and said that former Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s pardon of Cohen’s criminal conviction for tax evasion was absolute.

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In an effort to reduce the amount of waste shipped to the Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas, the St. John community collected and crushed 300,000 aluminum cans as part of Island Green Living Association’s recycling initiative.

Citing a lower infection rate and a reduced number of COVID-19 patients, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Tuesday announced an end to the territory’s stay-at-home order and a return to the more lenient safer-at-home posture.

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More than seven years after calypsonians Kasaun Baptiste and Jose Baptiste were found dead in their Estate Whim home on St. Croix, V.I. Police said the case remains under investigation as “homicides.”

ST. THOMAS — Days after St. Thomas resident Raheim George Jr. found himself furloughed from work and struggling to maintain his part-time landscaping business, he became a hero — and now, a grateful community is giving back.

The territory’s lost excise tax revenue has grown to more than $74 million, and it’s unclear when a federal judge might allow government officials to resume collection.

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Demour Christian, left, of St. Croix, supervises as Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Isaiah Valle, of San Antonio, Texas, signals orders to handbrake operators as the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans drops anchor off Sasebo, Japan.

A St. John man was arrested Thursday after he assaulted a woman with a machete, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed by police.