ST. JOHN - Running ashore at Hawsknest Beach on Sunday morning after three-and-a-half miles of swimming, Rex Tullius was barely out of breath but was all smiles.
Tullius took the men's long course unassisted title in the 12th annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim for the third year in a row with a time of one hour, 16 minutes. While it wasn't Tullius' best time - he finished about three minutes faster last year - it was good enough to put the St. John swimmer and member of the V.I. National Swim Team solidly in first place.
ST. CROIX - The lawyer defending former officer Felicia Bennerson in a criminal case says she is innocent of the charges against her.
In an unusual twist, so does the prosecutor who was assigned to the case.
But the criminal charges filed against Bennerson last year stand, the case remains before the court and the prosecutor - citing professional conduct rules that forbid him from prosecuting criminal charges that are not supported by probable cause - has notified the court of his withdrawal from the case.
In the midst of a three payday month, with limited cash on hand and lots of places the money was needed, Schneider Regional Medical Center officials in early May asked for an advance from the government, seeking the hospital's June allotment early.
The requested advance was to ensure that the St. Thomas hospital could meet payroll this week, the last of the month.
"May was a three payday month," said Bernard Wheatley, Schneider Regional Chief Executive Officer. "That was some of the logic behind the request."
The V.I. Supreme Court has largely sidestepped the question of whether or not a woman can adopt the two biological children of her wife, whom she married in Canada in 2007.
Rather than ruling on whether the woman could become the legal co-parent, the justices last week sent the case back to Superior Court after singling out an error in the lower court's interpretation of the territory's adoption law.
ST. THOMAS - V.I. legislators and government leaders appear to be making an effort to get Cabinet nominations back on track.
Senate President Neville James said over the holiday weekend that he wants to bring the Senate back into session to address an offer from Government House to cap the salaries of commissioners at $105,000. James said he is trying to nail down a day this week for senators to reconsider the nominees.
The territory will pause today to remember and honor Americans who have lost their lives to protect the nation.
In observance of the holiday, all federal and local government offices, post offices, public, private and parochial schools and banks will be closed. The University of the Virgin Islands and Innovative Business Centers in each district also will be closed. Most small retail stores will be closed for the observance while larger stores and supermarkets will remain open. Local malls will observe holiday hours.