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Arizona Wildcats and Texas A&M Aggies are 2021 Paradise Jam Women Tournament Champions

The final day of 2021 Paradise Jam was once again filled with excitement. After this three-day event held in the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, the University of Arizona and Texas A&M proved to be the best teams within their division. The final day featured four games.
Both the east and westbound lanes of Veterans Drive in downtown St. Thomas reopened to traffic on Saturday. (Photo by Jim Tunick)

Photo Focus: Veterans Drive Reopens

St. Thomas motorists heading downtown on Veterans Drive discovered both east and westbound lanes open to traffic on Saturday after a paving project was completed.

Police Investigating Two Homicides – 1 on STT and 1 on STX

Police are investigating two homicides -- one in which a man appeared to be ambushed outside his St. Croix home, and another where a man with multiple gunshot wounds was found dead at a St. Thomas accident scene.

Defense was the Main Entrée on Day 2 of Paradise Jam Women’s Tournament

Day 2 of Paradise Jam Women's Tournament featured the Island Division and Reef Division.

Black Friday Sales Rebuilding After Pandemic, Vendors Say

Wednesday, with a cruise ship in port, Charlotte Amalie was bustling for most of the morning. With Thanksgiving around the corner, shops had already started to hang signs for post-holiday deals, and visitors were weaving in and out, trying to snag the best ones.

Barnes to Stand Trial Dec. 6 in Casino Control Case After Motion to Continue...

Stephanie Barnes will stand trial Dec. 6 on charges of stealing from the Casino Control Commission after V.I. District Court Chief Judge Robert Molloy denied her motion to continue the matter to a later date.

Yolanda and Aliyah Bryan Share Lessons Learned About Living with Diabetes

When Aliyah Bryan passed out while driving on the freeway in Atlanta three years ago, it was the wake-up call she needed to begin taking her diabetes seriously.

DePaul, Arizona, Northwestern, and Texas A&M Win on Day 1 of the Women’s Tournament

Paradise Jam women's games lived up to the hype as fans were treated to four close and exciting games to include one that wasn't decided until the ball went through the hoop right as the final buzzer of the game sounded. The final two games of the evening were both close deep into the fourth quarter when the eventual winners pulled away from their opponents.
Locals paddleboard past a line of visiting yachts. (Source photo by S. Pennington)

What Might Improve Recreational Boating in the USVI?

Recognizing an opportunity to regrow the marine sector of the economy, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. kept USVI ports open throughout the pandemic while the British Virgin Islands, an increasingly popular cruising area, essentially shut their doors to foreign recreational boaters.
The mission of the Virgin Islands National Park is to protect the natural resources of the island so future generations can enjoy them. In 1976, the park was designated as an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), becoming one of the first protected areas in the world to receive this designation. | Photo courtesy of Laurel Brannick.

Birding in the U.S. Virgin Islands Part 2: St. John

This is the second in a series of three articles on birding in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Robbie Lisa Freeman headed here recently to learn about the birds on St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, and the ecosystems that nurture them.