ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Supreme Court has told the V.I. Superior Court that the lower court violated the law in the way it selects private attorneys in the territory to serve criminal defendants.
The ruling came this week in cases brought by two members of the V.I. Bar Association - Justin Holcombe and Robert King - who appealed orders appointing them to serve involuntarily as counsel for indigent criminal defendants.
ST. THOMAS - An international dive team will arrive on St. Thomas on Tuesday with hopes of shattering the world record for the longest open-water saltwater scuba dive.
The attempt, taking place in the waters off Coral World, is a fundraiser to earn $1 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"We're shooting for 144 hours" underwater, said Keith Sagray, the diver who will make the attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for number of hours spent scuba diving in the ocean.
ST. THOMAS - Midshipman 3rd Class Portia Norkaitis returned to her home of St. Thomas this week, not to enjoy a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, but to share with local students her gratitude of her experience at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Norkaitis, 18, a second-year astrophysics major, will speak at five schools this week as part of the Naval Academy's Operation Information program. She also will be the guest speaker at the close-out program for the Fall Semester Healthy School and Drug Prevention Initiative at Addelita Cancryn and John H. Woodson Junior High schools, according to Steve Shegrud, the deputy director of the HIDTA - or High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area - task force.
The V.I. Port Authority will no longer allow former employees, officials or private citizens with expired parking permits to use the parking lots at the seaports and airports throughout the territory.
Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe said that effective immediately, expired permits will no longer be honored, and those who were once Port Authority board members, employees and other government officials now will be required to pay, according to a statement issued Wednesday.