A scathing audit released Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of the Inspector General has found that the territory's mismanagement of EPA programs endanger public health and the environment.

Additionally, the inadequacy of the territory's financial management system has caused it to miss out on almost $37 million in grant funding that would have been available to the USVI during the last decade.

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Mekel Blash arrested in Chocolate Hole slaying of James Malfetti

ST. THOMAS - Police arrested a St. Thomas man in connection with the January 2014 murder of James Malfetti in Chocolate Hole on St. John.

V.I. Police arrested Mekel Blash, 27, of Nadir about 5:30 p.m. Friday and charged him with first-degree murder; second-degree murder; first-degree assault; third-degree assault; using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence; grand larceny; and first-degree burglary.

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V.I. group headed to Cannabis Cup

The Virgin Islands group's activities in Colorado will start today with the High Times Cannabis Cup, a three-day event that bills itself as "the world's leading marijuana trade show."

In Denver, the event features more than 700 vendors, as well as a schedule of seminars and concerts - including a Snoop Dogg concert Monday night - and an awards show.

Among the sessions scheduled for the three-day event are:

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Coast Guard plans open house on charter rules

ST. THOMAS - Those in the marine industry wanting to know more about the new Coast Guard statutes for commercial charter vessels are invited to an open house Monday.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment St. Thomas will host an informal event at 10 a.m. Monday at the Coast Guard Pier in Charlotte Amalie.

Coast Guard officials will answer questions and address concerns about the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.

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Autism conference at UVI

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host Autism Conference 2015 in both districts.

The keynote speaker for both events is Sean Barron, who was diagnosed in 1967 with classic autism at age 5. Doctors recommended that he be institutionalized, but he now considers himself recovered from autism and has been a successful journalist for 14 years.

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Monday

No meetings.

Tuesday

The Finance Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in the Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas to consider a bill relating to excise taxes

on cigarettes and establishing a "Virgin Islands Sin Tax Fund"; a bill to authorize the Virgin Islands government to purchase Estate

Catherineberg from WICO by offsetting tax payments owed; a bill pertaining to the regulation of non-federally chartered credit unions; and a bill to re-program monies for phase 2 of the Pumped Hydro Storage Facility on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

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Washington pot growers work indoors

SEATTLE - When they talk marijuana grows in Washington, they don't talk in terms of acres.

They talk in terms of square feet.

Recreational cannabis producers in Washington are under rigid regulation - and many grows are indoors for a variety of reasons, including the fact there can be year-round growing under ultra-violet lights.

Under regulations of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, producers are licensed into one of three tiers, with the smallest being Tier One, which allows for 2,000 feet or less of dedicated plant canopy.

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New CEO tapped to take V.I. broadband project forward

ST. THOMAS - The leadership at the V.I. Next Generation Network changed Thursday during a board meeting.

Larry Kupfer, who was the president and chief executive officer of the government-owned broadband company, resigned his position.

The board then hired recently appointed board member Tonjia Coverdale to replace him.

The board's bylaws have the CEO as a voting member of the board, and board members have served in the past as acting CEOs.

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Power cuts planned today

The V.I. Water and Power Authority has scheduled a power outage that will affect some customers on St. Thomas beginning at 9:30 a.m. today while crews work in the Donoe area to install equipment.

While the installation is in process, service will be interrupted to customers in the Wintberg and Mandahl areas for about 20 minutes, according to a statement WAPA issued Thursday.

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Autism conference at UVI

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host Autism Conference 2015 in both districts.

The keynote speaker for both events is Sean Barron, who was diagnosed in 1967 with classic autism at age 5. Doctors recommended that he be institutionalized, but he now considers himself recovered from autism and has been a successful journalist for 14 years.

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Entrepreneurs meeting pot demand

SEATTLE - The budding legal marijuana industry in the state of Washington is growing - and a whole host of businesses are springing up alongside it.

They are run by an eclectic crew - young, old, middle-aged, men and women.

"I think it's a pretty good mix. There are hundreds of growers, hundreds of processors, hundreds of retailers - and then many more service providers," said Dave Rheins, the chief executive officer and co-founder of the Marijuana Business Association, which is a national trade association for the legal marijuana industry and those who provide services to it.

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St. John poisoning probe leads to Puerto Rican supplier

ST. THOMAS - The federal and local investigation into the methyl bromide poisoning of a Delaware family on St. John last month is expanding to other Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican companies.

V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources spokesman Jamal Nielsen said Thursday that a "stop use" order has been issued to Oliver Exterminating on St. Thomas and two more companies will be getting similar orders today.

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Energy office announces rebates for LED bulbs

The V.I. Energy Office's LED Rebate program will run until Sept. 30 or until funds are exhausted, according to a statement issued Monday.

Eligible products include Energy Star LED bulbs by Energy Office authorized vendors. Rebates are open to residential customers and commercial businesses with electrical consumption of up to 1200 kilowatt hours per month.

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Man arrested after Frenchtown stabbing

ST. THOMAS - Police have arrested a St. Thomas man they said stabbed another man in Frenchtown.

Craig Abbott, 31, of Estate Hull Bay was arrested Wednesday and charged with first- and third-degree assault and using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence.

Police said Abbott got into an altercation with the victim about 10:15 Tuesday night after the victim, a local entertainer, had finished performing at a venue in Frenchtown.

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Ineejah Rabsatt

Services will be held Monday for Ineejah Rabsatt.

The first viewing is Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Turnbull's Funeral Home.

The second viewing is Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, with the service at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. Interment is at Eastern Cemetery.

She is survived by her mother, Ihesha Rabsatt; great-grandmother, Ruth Petersen; grandmother, Heather Lambertis; grandfathers, Ted Rabsatt and Leroy Lambertis; aunts, Ineesha Rabsatt, Ilamsha Lambertis, Ziyah and Joy George; uncles, Jahmal Rabsatt, Alkibu and Ahyjah Lambertis; cousins, Ilejah Reed and Jahkoi Rabsatt; special cousins, Abeba Frett and family, Floricia Gibbs, Kisha Mitchell, Kesha Petersen, Toya and Tessa Joseph; and special family and friends too many to mention.

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High tea and the science of pot

SEATTLE - It was a full day of gathering information about legalizing marijuana.

In a whirlwind tour, a group from the Virgin Islands visited various marijuana industry facilities - including recreational pot shops and a medicinal marijuana processing facility - and attended a "high" tea with a cannabis industry trade group in Washington on Tuesday.

There was also a lecture by a neurologist during a standing-room only meeting of a small marijuana growers alliance on a rural island off Seattle.

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Man facing disturbance charges after incident with children

ST. THOMAS - A Texas man was arrested following a post from a mom on Facebook that went viral across the territory this week.

The V.I. Police Department has released no information on the incident, despite multiple requests made by The Daily News.

St. John resident Hashia Spinali Wallace posted on her Facebook page Monday that on the ferry ride home a man "befriended" her four children and was taking pictures of them, had a bag of toys and put his arms around one of the children.

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St. Croix man detained on child pornography charges

U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon issued an order Wednesday detaining a St. Croix man who was arrested on child pornography charges.

Nicolas Mena, 34, was arrested Friday on a criminal complaint charging him with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

Mena made his initial appearance before Cannon on Friday after his arrest and had his detention hearing Monday.

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Individual interests bring V.I. delegation together

SEATTLE - Several people from the Virgin Islands, or with ties to the territory, joined Sen. Terrence Nelson on his tour of Washington and Colorado, where he is looking into those states' experiences with legalizing marijuana.

The group is currently is in Washington, and they will be in Colorado next week.

They are:

- Claude Claxton Sr., a retired Corrections officer who lives on St. Thomas. He is Rastafarian and said he came along on the trip to gain knowledge.

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Fort Christian lot abruptly closes for Carnival setup

ST. THOMAS - With less than 24 hours notice, the V.I. government announced Wednesday that the Fort Christian parking lot will be closed from 6 a.m. today through May 6 for Carnival activities.

In recent years, the parking lot has been closed at the end of the week after the work day has ended.

St. Thomas Administrator Lawrence Boschulte said after a meeting with a number of government departments and the V.I. Carnival Committee, it was decided that the lot would close at 6 p.m. Friday, giving the committee one week to prepare the lot for the opening of the Carnival Village.

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Maurice Henson Gilpin Jr.

Family and friends are advised of the passing of Maurice Henson Gilpin Jr., who was affectionately known as "Boss Hog."

Maurice passed away on Feb. 22, 2015, in Daytona, Fla., at age 59.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Nisky Moravian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel, and children, Sherrice, Shanice, and Maurice III; stepsons, Darren and Timothy Moore; son-in-law, Jamal Johnson; mother, June LaBorde; father, Maurice H. Gilpin Sr.; brothers, Curtis R. Gilpin Sr., and Lashaun Gilpin; sisters, Sandra Gilpin, Verna Gilpin-Alston, Vivienne LaBorde-Luyombya; brother-in-law, Kaddu Luyombya; uncles, Alexander Sr., Cyril Jr., Carlisle, and Kurt Joseph; uncle-in-law, Lawrence Sylvester; aunt, Lynette Sylvester; nephews, Akil Gumbs, Devon Luis, Curtis Gilpin Jr.; nieces, Symone Rouse, Varisce Alston, Victoria Luyombya; grandchildren, Jasmia and James Price, and Jamiyah Johnson; close friends, Carlos Valenzuela, John deJongh Jr. and Cathy Benjamin; and many other relatives and friends.

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George Ernest Beers

George Ernest Beers died peacefully at his Crown Mountain home on March 12.

He was born in Boston, Mass., on Feb 8, 1927. His parents were originally from Prince Edward Island in Canada. In January of 1945, as a young radio operator officer in the Merchant Marines, George began to travel to Europe, South America and the Middle East.

In 1953, he visited St. Thomas and made the island his home after going to work at the old Cable Office on Main Street. George loved St. Thomas and remained always respectful of its culture and its people.

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New Waste Management fees discussed at hearing

ST. THOMAS - Wednesday's public hearing on a new set of Waste Management Authority fees was sparsely attended, but that did not prevent a healthy discussion on the proposal.

The Public Services Commission appointed hearing examiner Dolace McLean to hear the Waste Management Authority's petition to assess a series of "special waste" fees on certain items coming into the territory. The hearing was conducted jointly via teleconference between St. Thomas and St. Croix.

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Proposed fee schedule for special waste

Bulk non-freon appliance - $10

Computers, servers and notebooks - $12.50

Desktop print, copy, fax and scan machines - $7.50

Floor-stand fax and copier machines - $20

Fluorescent linear bulbs - 50 cents

Recording devices - $3

Telephones and cell phones - $3 Televisions - $15

Tires weighing less than 35 pounds - $3

Tires weighing more than 35 pounds - $6

Small freon appliance - $10

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Funding questions nag as bill to create independent Inspector General is held

ST. THOMAS - A bill to make the V.I. Inspector General's Office a semi-autonomous agency was held in committee after several hours of discussion Wednesday.

A second bill to expand the scope of audits done by the Inspector General's Office also was held in committee but without being discussed.

The Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony from V.I. Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt and Office of Management and Budget Director designee Nellon Bowry.

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Bill to allow DPNR to raise mooring fees rejected

ST. THOMAS - A bill to allow the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources the authority to raise their own mooring and anchoring fees failed to pass out of a Senate committee Wednesday.

The Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on the measure, but the bill failed in a 2-2 tie vote, with two members absent and one abstaining.

The bill failed with Senators Sammuel Sanes and Neville James voting in favor; Justin Harrigan Sr. and Janette Millin Young voting against; and Tregenza Roach not voting. Senators Terrence Nelson and Myron Jackson were absent.

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St. Thomas George Ernest Beers....................April 12, 2015.....................Pending...............................................Hurley Elsa Bennett................................April 11, 2015.....................Wednesday.........................................Turnbull's

Anesta R. Capo..........................April 6, 2015........................April 28...............................................Hurley Maurice Henson Gilpin Jr............Feb. 22, 2015.......................Friday..................................................Hurley

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Cruise Ships

Today, April 15

Royal Princess (3,600) 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Havensight

Norwegian Getaway (3,963) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Havensight

Carnival Splendor (3,006) 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Havensight

Caribbean Princess (3,080) 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crown Bay

Allure of the Seas (5,400) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Crown Bay

Thursday, April 16

No ships

Friday, April 17

Summit (2,158) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Havensight

Saturday, April 18

No ships

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As part of the U.S. Defense Department's five-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs had its first of three screenings of the PBS documentary "Last Days of Vietnam" on Tuesday at the LTC Lionel A. Jackson Armory in Estate Bethlehem on St. Croix.

A screening of the documentary is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at the Westin St. John Resort and Villas, and a showing on St. Thomas is set for 3 p.m. Friday at the SGC Leonard B. Francis Armory in Estate Nazareth.

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Senators question Elections board members, vow changes

ST. THOMAS - Senators grilled Elections board members and staff Tuesday night about the 2014 primary, General and run-off elections.

Senate President Neville James said at the beginning of the Committee of the Whole hearing that the purpose of the meeting was to talk about the issues that came up during the 2014 election cycle, and not to discuss election reform.

He said election reform would be a topic for a future hearing.

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ST. THOMAS - A public hearing on the V.I. Waste Management Authority's proposed "special waste fees" will take place today before the Public Services Commission.

The hearing starts at 6 p.m. and will be vidconferenced between the PSC offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

In August, the Waste Management Authority petitioned the regulatory body for permission to implement the new fee schedule on about six different items as they are imported into the territory.

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Time's up.

Today is the deadline to file income tax returns, and the Internal Revenue Bureau will have extended hours today for those filers who just had to wait until the very last minute.

Internal Revenue Bureau offices throughout the territory will remain open until 9 p.m., and some offices will have tables set up outside to help streamline the last-minute filings.

In addition to extended hours, here are some tips to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible:

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Today

The Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in Ottley Legislative Hall to consider a bill to reestablish the Office of the Inspector General as a semi-autonomous government agency; a bill examining the scope of audits conducted by the Inspector General; and a bill to allow the Department of Planning and Natural Resources to set fee schedules for various administrative services.

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Celebrity chefs to dish up wisdom at St. Croix event

Two celebrity chefs who will be on St. Croix to participate in the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience - a collection of foodie events also known as Taste of St. Croix - will talk about their experiences today at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Chef Kevin Fonzo and Chef Tiffany Derry will be the guest speakers at the Food and Wine Experience "Food for Thought" discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. today in room 401 of UVI's St. Croix campus.

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Saturday - Queen Selection Show, 8 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Sunday - Toddlers Derby/Best Dressed Doll, 4:30 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Sunday - Traditional games -7 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Monday - Carnival at Schneider Hospital, 6 p.m., hospital lobby.

Tuesday - Junior Calypso Competition - 8 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

April 22 - Cultural Night, 8 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

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The V.I. Carnival Music Committee will have a mandatory meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Carnival Committee office for all bands and troupe leaders wishing to participate in J'ouvert.

For more information, call Halvor Hart at 690-4325 or the VICC office at 776-3112.

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St. Thomas George Ernest Beers April 12, 2015 Pending............................................Hurley Elsa Bennett April 11, 2015 April 22...........................................Turnbull's

Anesta R. Capo April 6, 2015 April 28............................................Hurley Troy Garcia........ April 5, 2015........ Today..................................................Hurley

Maurice Henson Gilpin Jr........ Feb. 22, 2015........ Friday..................................................Hurley

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In tax deadline crunch, IRB extending hours

The tax clock is ticking for those who have yet to file 2014 income tax returns.

To assist those procrastinators who still are trying to meet Wednesday's tax filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Bureau will have extended hours starting today.

IRB Director designee Marvin Pickering said Monday that the lobbies of all the IRB locations across the territory were full of people - particularly around lunchtime.

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Thanks to businesses, Carnival show back on

ST. THOMAS - A last-minute show of support by some local small businesses has put the annual St. Thomas Carnival fireworks back on the schedule.

V.I. Carnival Committee Executive Director Caswil Callender said Monday that the fireworks had been removed from the Carnival schedule because the committee had a budget shortfall and it was a large expense that could be easily cut.

When the committee chairman Kenneth Blake went on Addie Ottley's television show "Face to Face" about two weeks ago, a number of people called in expressing their disappointment at the cancellation.

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Irose Gwendolyn Lashley

Friends and family are advised of the death of Mrs. Irose Gwendolyn Lashley, also known as Rose, Mammarose and Miss Irose, who died Friday, April 3, 2015, at University Hospital in Tamarac, Fla.

She is survived by her brothers, Raphael and Ronold George; son, Theodore Lashley Jr.; daughters, Beverly, Charmaine and Denise Lashley, Avril Lashley-Graham and Iris Josiah; son-in-law, Duane Graham; grandchildren, Anthony, Taiesa, Teron and Tasim Lashley, Theodore Lashley III, Jeanelle Hendrickson, Khlement Hodge, Nathaniel Lashley-Clothirst, Abri Yannah and Seyah Nah Graham; great-grandchildren, Indica Rose Hendrickson and A' Lasia M. Lashley; nephews, Ishmael Henry, Jeyson Lynch, Inoch Roberts, Topps Men; nieces, Angela Henry, Patria Harris, Natasha Hodges, Patrice Samuel, Thelda Goodlit and Burnadette Roberts-McGill; special cousin, Terrence George and many other close family and friends.

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Albert D. Joseph

Services will be held Thursday for Albert D. Joseph, who died April 2, 2015.

The first viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at John Thomas Memorial Chapel. The second viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Andrew's Episcopal with the service following at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Eastern Cemetery, Smith Bay.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothe Joseph; sons, Jerrard Ellis, Jerome and Jacques Joseph, Linton and Lynn Byrd; daughter, Jasmin Joseph; grandchildren, Asha and Jameisha Ellis, Chrishayda Clay, Justin and Braiden Humphrey, Jurnee Joseph and Elijah Byrd; brother, AndreĀ“ Joseph; sisters, Carolyn Rabsatt Archer, Paulette Rabsatt Simmonds, Alicia Carson, Althea Joseph, Charlene Joseph and Maureen Rabsatt Cullar (stepsister); aunt, Velisa Hansen and Hilda Barry (by marriage); nephews, Nehemiah and Adam Carson, Antonio and DeAndre Joseph, DeShawn and DeAngelo Barnes; nieces, Angela Weber, Shante Carson, Kimberlee and Krystal Archer, Jharese Smith; brothers-in-law, Andrew Archer, Al Simmonds, Nehemiah Carson; special cousins, Charles Barry Jr. and Marla Ramos Kendall; special friends; Ofelio "Colto" Garcia, Alcedo "Justin" Francis, Jose "Tito" Alomal, Julien "Flea" Tumma, Arthur "Gun" Raymo, Lowell "Shadow" Thomas, Clifton "Buzzard" Christopher, Henry "Miami" Leonard, Ulric "Muscles" Benjamin, Lorenzo Benjamin, Wilma Philip, Devon Davis, Sam Weekes, Bernard Phillips and The Brotherhood: Floyd Debow, Larry Willis, Tyrone Dumas, Willie Cummings and Allen Austin; and other family members and friends too numerous to mention.

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Maurice Henson Gilpin Jr.

Services will be held Friday for Maurice Henson Gilpin Jr., affectionately known as Boss Hog.

Maurice passed away on Feb, 22, 2015, in Daytona, Fla., at the age of 59.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Nisky Moravian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel; and children, Sherrice, Shanice and Maurice III; stepsons, Darren and Timothy Moore; son-in-law, Jamal Johnson; mother, June LaBorde; father, Maurice H. Gilpin Sr.; brothers, Curtis R. Gilpin Sr., and Lashaun Gilpin; sisters, Sandra Gilpin, Verna Gilpin-Alston and Vivienne LaBorde-Luyombya; brother-in-law, Kaddu Luyombya; uncles, Alexander Sr., Cyril Jr., Carlisle and Kurt Joseph; uncle-in-law, Lawrence Sylvester; aunt, Lynette Sylvester; nephews, Akil Gumbs, Devon Luis and Curtis Gilpin Jr.; nieces, Symone Rouse, Varisce Alston and Victoria Luyombya; grandchildren, Jasmia and James Price and Jamiyah Johnson; close friends, Carlos Valenzuela, John deJongh Jr. and Cathy Benjamin; and many other relatives and friends.

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Today

The Committee of the Whole will meet at 5 p.m. in Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas to hear from the V.I. Elections System and the Joint Board of Elections about the post-election matters related to the 2014 elections.

Wednesday

The Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in Ottley Legislative Hall to consider a bill to reestablish the Office of the Inspector General as a semi-autonomous government agency; a bill examining the scope of audits conducted by the Inspector General; and a bill to allow the Department of Planning and Natural Resources to set fee schedules for various administrative services.

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To celebrate National Library Week, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources has a series of events and activities planned.

This year's theme for the national observance is "Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library."

"Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study," Acting DPNR Commissioner Dawn Henry said.

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Recent changes in the territory's approach to marijuana - including the V.I. Legislature's approval of a law in September decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana - can be traced to Sen. Terrence Nelson.

Nelson, who said he is planning to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the territory, currently is on a fact-finding tour of Washington and Colorado looking to tap into those states' experiences with legalizing medical marijuana to fine-tune his bill, which he says is in draft form.

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Nation's changing marijana laws

Legalizing marijuana.

More states are doing it, and attitudes seem to be changing across the nation.

It's a hot topic, trendy and controversial.

Many of those who are in favor of it don't understand the controversy - and some of those against it don't understand why it has become a trend.

And as states that have legalized marijuana fully implement their laws, unforeseen issues are cropping up.

Legalization

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Saturday - Queen Selection Show, 8 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Sunday - Toddlers Derby/Best Dressed Doll, 4:30 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Sunday - Traditional games - 7 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

Monday - Carnival at Schneider Hospital, 6 p.m., hospital lobby.

April 21 - Junior Calypso Competition - 8 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

April 22 - Cultural Night, 8 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

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Applications for the Carnival 2015 Toddler's Derby are due back to the V. I. Carnival Committee office by Thursday.

The 2015 Toddler's Derby will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Lionel Roberts Stadium.

For more information, contact Apryl Vialet at 344-5459, or call the V. I. Carnival Committee office at 776-3112.

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Can the V.I. learn from states that have legalized marijuana?

ST. CROIX - It's a thought-provoking proposition - one that follows a trend across the nation.

Should the territory consider easing - or even eliminating - laws that forbid marijuana? If so, in what way and how?

Should marijuana use for medical purposes be permitted? What about legalizing marijuana for recreational use?

Sen. Terrence Nelson - who plans to put forward a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in the territory - is visiting Washington State and Colorado to look into their experiences with legalizing pot.

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ST. CROIX - HOVENSA today dropped the wholesale price of regular and premium gasoline a little further at its truck loading station, reducing rates by 15 cents per gallon.

It was the second week in a row that HOVENSA has dropped the rack rates.

The price of diesel fuel stayed the same.

With the adjustments in the rack rates today, independent gas station operators are paying $2.13 per gallon for regular gasoline, $2.34 per gallon for premium gasoline, and $3.31 per gallon for diesel fuel when they buy fuel wholesale from HOVENSA. Those prices include the 14-cents-per-gallon tax that HOVENSA collects for the government.

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