Police Alerted a SWAT Team to the Odessa Shooter Back in 2011

The gunman's mother told the police eight years ago that her son was talking about dying in a shootout and had threatened to kill her.


Texas' Governor Didn't Even Mention Guns in His New 8-Point Executive Order to Combat Mass Shootings

It's only a few days since Gov. Abbott said, “I’m tired of the dying.”


Death Toll in Odessa Climbs to 7 as Toddler Shot in the Mouth Undergoes Surgery

Texas Governor Greg Abbot calls for "solutions" while also "ensuring we safeguard Second Amendment rights.”


​Street Racing in the Dark Heart of Texas

In West Texas, the Fast and Furious universe of hotrods and miniskirts is alive and well, albeit with more dust and less money.


Meet ‘Darth Vader,’ the Man Upending Ukrainian Politics

We talked to Darth Vader and Chewbacca, of Ukraine's Internet Party, to talk about political corruption and their hope that the country's parliament will one day be run by computers.


Odessa's Georgian Leader: The Governor

The former president of Georgia is now governing in Ukraine.


The Enduring Legend of the Girl Who Died in Odessa's Catacombs

Investigating the mysterious death of a young woman who wandered into an underground tunnel and never came out—but lives on as an internet rumor.


Texans Are Very Upset That This Food Truck Wants to Burn Confederate Flags

Odessa-based food truck PoBoys and Rich Chic's is now struggling to cope with a social media backlash after its Fourth of July offer of free food in exchange for Confederate flags.


What Does Renewed Political Violence Mean for the Future of Ukraine?

A string of suicides and murders points to growing political instability in Ukraine.


Changing the Country, We Apologize for the Inconvenience: A Ukraine Tour Diary, Part Three

The final installment of Franz Nicolay's Ukraine tour diary.


How the Invasion of Ukraine Is Shaking Up the Global Crime Scene

"What's happening in Ukraine now matters to criminals from Bogotá to Beijing."


At War with Reality in Eastern Ukraine

For many citizens living in parts of Eastern Ukraine occupied by Pro-Russia rebels, reality has become a tenuous amalgamation of rumors, propaganda, and dreams.