Sonia Garcia is Austonia's senior producer, where she works with reporters to assign, edit and publish stories daily. A Rio Grande Valley native, Sonia is a digital media innovation graduate of Texas State University, where she wrote and edited for The University Star. She has previously provided cultural coverage of the Austin area at the Austin American-Statesman. Twitter: @soniaaxgarciaa
After six reported blood clots in individuals who had just received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommended a pause in the use of the vaccine on Tuesday. Statewide, vaccine providers are following the advisement.
The six cases are said to be "extremely rare" by the FDA, but the entities are taking an abundance of caution and investigating the instances. The occurrences were first seen in Colorado last week, where a rare kind of blood clot was observed in the sinuses of the brain; none have been seen in Texas, according to the state health department. Johnson & Johnson has said there is no correlation between the blood clots and the vaccine.
The CDC is meeting on Wednesday to assess the cases, and then the FDA will review the analysis.
The Texas Department of State Health Services advised all providers of the vaccine to pause all administration of it. As any new shipments of the vaccine are delivered to providers, they are asked to keep it in storage.
The news comes after fewer doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were sent to states this week due to a malfunction at the Baltimore plant that destroyed 15 million doses.
The single-shot vaccine was approved in February, and more than 6.8 million Americans have received it.
The article was updated to include a statewide announcement to stop the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Austin really, really loves its dogs, and don't think for a second the city's most famous don't have their own furry friends.
Here are the dogs of Austin's famous residents.
Owner: Brooklyn Decker
The supermodel and actress, who is married to tennis star Andy Roddick, has a thing for bulldogs. The couple has named two after sports greats: Billie Jean and Bob Costas. Billie Jean died in October 2020, but Bob Costas is still flourishing—even making it onto Decker's latest photoshoot.
Theo and four more
Owner: James Van Der Beek
New Austin residents, the Van Der Beeks, have five dogs, so we understand why the family of seven sought out more space in the Hill Country. The family's newest addition is a Siberian Husky rescued from an LA kill shelter named Theo.
Marshall Mae Rogan
Owner: Joe Rogan
Racking up 740,000 followers on Instagram, Marshall Mae Rogan is a star all by herself. Superstar podcaster Rogan has posted the golden retriever on his own social media, but she has been posing gracefully on her own account since 2018.
Cheesy and three more
Owner: Camilla McConaughey
With a white muzzle, Cheesy is the McConaughey family's oldest dog. They also have another older dog and recently adopted two rescues in a single weekend. Like the Van Der Beeks, the McConaugheys have a full house.
Icarus and one more
Owner: Jensen Ackles
The "Supernatural" star has a cocker spaniel-poodle mix. He was not initially happy with wife Danneel, who brought him home more than 10 years ago. The dog, Icarus, has recently had complications in his old age.
Henry and three more
Owner: Chris Bosh
A family of seven needs a dog, and the Boshs have Henry. A white Maltese, little Henry completes the Bosh family.
Owner: Jackie Venson
After a year of canceled performances, Venson is ready to hit the road. This time around, she'll have a very special companion. Venson got Jack, a mini Dachshund, in 2020 and is planning on taking him on tour. Their next stop is Oklahoma City this week.
After just a few months of moving to Austin and getting comfortable in a new podcast studio, The Joe Rogan Experience has a new look.
Fans have been complaining for months about the red room Joe Rogan has been talking to podcast guests in since moving from California. He heard them loud and clear and posted on Instagram that the first podcast recorded in the brand new studio was available Saturday with guest comedian Tommy Segura.
The new studio, complete with the same podcast table and relics, is a well-lit, wood-paneled room with a new sign.
Just like the first time around, he brought in local help to bring the studio to life. Local Elm Construction and Project Management, Soundshed Studios, Wrightsmith Studios, Texavy and Roundhouse Relics all had a part in the new home to JRE podcasts. For Soundshed and Wrightsmith, this was their second time around helping Rogan with a podcast studio.
Joe Rogan has stayed busy in his roughly seven months in the capital city. Tapping into his comedy roots, Rogan has booked local stand-up shows with comedian Dave Chappelle in recent months. And a bigger project in the works, Austonia revealed last week that the podcaster is plans to open up a new comedy club at the location of the One World Theatre.
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A member of the Tesla family is making himself right at home ahead of the opening of the electric vehicle maker's newest $1.1 billion Gigafactory in southeast Travis County.
On a 2.5-acre plot of land with a pool, the home has five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms in over 5,000 square feet. Business Insider reports Kirkhorn paid less for the home than originally listed on realtor.com.
Kirkhorn has been the Tesla CFO for just over two years and has worked with the company for almost eight years.
From California to Texas, the financial executive follows Musk and other tech industry professionals gravitating to the lone star state and capital city.
Musk officially has planted roots for four of his companies in Austin, where he lives: Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company and Neuralink.
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