Tens of thousands of people in Odessa have endured nearly 48 hours without water to drink, wash or flush toilets
The outage left about 165,000 people without water in Odessa and some surrounding areas. It has been attributed to a main line break in the city’s aging water system and comes amid a dayslong heat wave.
Confronted with mass shootings, Texas Republicans have repeatedly loosened gun laws
Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican leaders signaled an openness to some gun restrictions after recent mass shootings. But in the last several years, lawmakers have eased gun laws, most notably by passing a permitless carry bill last year.
I always dreamed of visiting my ancestral home of Odessa. But not like this.
Odessa, a large Black Sea port, was an obvious target because of its economic importance to Ukraine. Story continues below advertisementMy fear is that I’ve come to Odessa just in time to witness the same destruction and bloodshed happen here. When the Soviet Union lifted its ban on the Jewish refusenik emigration in 1971, my family saw their opportunity to start over in America. She said it’s what my grandfather, her baby brother, gave her before he left Odessa. Peak Odessa: The opera and ballet theater is the most fortified building in town, surrounded by a wall of sandbags.washingtonpost.com
Dozens Vanish Without a Trace in America’s New ‘Bermuda Triangle’ Next Door
DEA / G. SIOENCIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico—In the dead of night this fall, 12 migrants left the small northern Mexican town of Coyame to enter the vast Chihuahuan desert, with the hopes of crossing into the U.S. by way of the Texas border. Among them was a 14-year-old boy from Southern Mexico who was dreaming of reuniting with his family on the other side of the border.Before taking off on the journey on Sept. 25, a 32-year-old man with the group reportedly called his wife to tell her that he had paidnews.yahoo.com
Russia Says it Fired Bombs into the Path of a British Warship Off the Coast of Crimea
Finnbarr WebsterDepending on who you want to believe it was either almost the start of World War III, or just a silly Kremlin PR stunt.The Russian Defense Ministry announced Wednesday that one of its warplanes had dropped four bombs into the path of a British destroyer, which was also targeted with warning shots from a Russian patrol ship. According to the Russian version of events, the Royal Navy vessel was chased out of Russian territorial waters off Crimea—the rest of the world recognizes thonews.yahoo.com
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hosts roundtable on oil, gas
Greg Abbott on Thursday held a roundtable discussion in Odessa with energy workers, leaders, and advocates on how Texas can continue to support the energy industry and its workers and ensure a more prosperous future for the state of Texas. Following the roundtable, the Governor held a press conference where he issued an executive order to protect Texas’ energy industry from federal overreach. During the roundtable, Abbott and the participants also discussed enhancing workforce development in Texas, cutting costly red tape, and expanding broadband access in rural communities. Greg Abbott pushes deregulation San Antonio during ‘listening session’ on Texas economyTexas Gov. Greg Abbott pledges to make it ‘fiscally impossible’ to defund police
In Russia and Ukraine, no social distance on crowded beaches
People enjoy the beach in the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little attention to safety measures despite levels of contagion still remaining high in both countries. (AP Photo/Sergei Poliakov)SOCHI Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little heed to public health measures despite the numbers of reported coronavirus cases remaining high in both countries. While popular vacation destinations in Europe are still closed to visitors from Russia and Ukraine as European nations move carefully to lift restrictions on foreign visitors, Black Sea resorts in Russia and Ukraine are filled to capacity from domestic tourism. Now, Russian sun-lovers are left with the narrow pebble beaches of Sochi or Crimea as their only beach vacation options.
Texas orders bars shut amid surge in confirmed virus cases
Owner of Big Daddy Zane's Gabrielle Ellison poses for a photo behind the bar top of her establishment in Odessa, Texas, Friday, June 26, 2020. Ellison was operating her bar in violation of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's new order that shut bars back down and limits restaurants' capacities to 50% following a surge in coronavirus cases. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP)
Texas shuts down bars as hospitalizations surpass 5,000
Ellison was operating her bar in violation of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's new order that shut bars back down and limits restaurants' capacities to 50% following a surge in coronavirus cases. In the last four days alone, Texas has reported more than 23,000 confirmed new cases, and Friday surpassed 5,000 hospitalizations for the first time — a threefold increase from a month ago. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” Abbott said. The Texas Restaurant Association supported the rollback, but also pointed out that social distancing made it hard for most restaurants to exceed 50% capacity anyway.
Graphic Video Shows Trans Student From Alpine, Texas Being Beaten By Classmate
The beating of a transgender student by a classmate from Alpine High School was captured on a cell phone video that has gone viral. Despite the video evidence, the student who precipitated the attack has not been disciplined. In an interview with KOSA-TV in Odessa, the 15-year-old student, who wants to remain anonymous, said his attacker was apparently upset over his transgender identity. The incident took place on February 16 at the football field of Sul Ross State University University which is also in Alpine. The victim told KOSA that he doesnt feel safe at school anymore, adding hes sure another incident is inevitable.outinsa.com
Mary Hope A. Breaux
Mary Hope A. BreauxMary Hope Armstrong Breaux, 66, of Odessa died on Jan. 25, 2020, in Odessa. Breaux was born on Oct. 5, 1953, to Marge (Howard) and Bob Armstrong, in Pecos. After attending Odessa College, she enrolled in the University of Texas Permian Basin one year after its opening in 1973. She is survived by two daughters, Claire Elizabeth Breaux and Bethany Lynne Breaux, both of Texas; uncle, Jessie David Howard and wife, Dorothy, of Sabinal; and cousin, Carol Howard White, and husband, Tommy, of Blackwell. 104, Midland, TX 79705; or Meals on Wheels, 1314 E. 5th St, Odessa, TX 79761.uvaldeleadernews.com
Police raised concerns about gunman 8 years before shooting
The police incident reports raise new questions about whether more could have been done to prevent Ator's shooting spree in the cities of Midland and Odessa, Texas. It's unclear how Ator, who once failed a background check for an attempted firearm purchase, acquired the AR-15-style rifle he used in the attack. Officers killed Ator outside a busy Odessa movie theater after the shooting rampage that lasted more than an hour.chicagotribune.com
Texas Roadhouse, Bubba's 33 to donate 100% of profits Thursday to Midland, Odessa shooting victims
SAN ANTONIO - Texas Roadhouse and Bubba's 33 restaurants are donating 100% of their profits from San Antonio-area restaurants Thursday to the Midland and Odessa shooting victims and their families. The local restaurants are joining 56 other locations across Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico to raise funds for the Odessa Community Foundation, a fund for the victims of the Aug. 31 shootings that left seven people dead and 22 others injured. Each of the participating restaurants will also accept additional donations at the hostess stand. The fundraiser goes from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. Local Texas Roadhouse locations:2893 Cinema Ridge, San Antonio2751 SE Military Drive, San Antonio6616 W. Loop 1604 North, San Antonio6915 San Pedro Ave., Hollywood Park13830 N. I-35, Live OakLocal Bubba's 33 locations:7518 NW Loop 410, San Antonio3136 Pat Booker Road, Universal CityCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.