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Pediatric cases are on the rise in Austin as Austin Public Health urges children to get vaccinated. (Pixabay)

Pediatric COVID cases have surged to their highest daily levels yet during the omicron surge, causing a "domino effect" on schools and hospitals, Austin Public Health said in a press conference Friday.

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Former UT tennis coach Michael Center told Sports Illustrated he thinks others were involved in the Varsity Blues scandal at UT.

Editor's note: This story summarizes Sports Illustrated's story detailing Michael Center's involvement in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, based on interviews with SI's Jon Wertheim. Additionally, Austonia received comments from Michael Center, included in this story.

Confined to his couch, former Longhorns tennis coach Michael Center praised his players via FaceTime after the program he built produced the Longhorns’ first national championship in 2019—a bittersweet moment as Center faced federal charges as part of the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal.

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Shaquille O'Neal's fried chicken chain Big Chicken will open a location at Austin's upcoming Moody Center this spring. (Big Chicken/Facebook)

After DJing for the after-party at COTA's 2021 U.S. Grand Prix Race in October, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal is once again setting his sights on Austin with plans for his chicken restaurant chain Big Chicken to open a location in Austin.

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