Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

“He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.” 

— U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking on the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday


The first casualty in the governor’s race

“Even though I have worked hard to get our message out across the state the past six months, unfortunately we are nowhere near where we need to be financially and organizationally to win this race. And, the primary is only three months away. I can no longer in good conscience ask friends and fellow conservatives to continue to help me when there appears to be no realistic path to victory.” 

— Republican candidate for governor Tom Pauken announcing his dropping out from the governor’s race Thursday


The least-important and highest-paid public employee in Texas

“It’s about these kids and it’s about this team. I’m very unimportant and I absolutely have not mentioned [the question of job security].” 

UT football head coach Mack Brown, who makes $5.3 million per year, at a press conference on Wednesday.


Define “UFO”

“I’m not saying it’s a UFO, but I sure don’t know what it is.” 

— An unidentified El Paso resident reporting a sighting to Texas UFO Sightings on Nov. 26, according to the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday.


“We’re not searching for aliens or looking for UFOs.” 

— MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager, requesting funding for the search for extraterrestrial life from the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Wednesday.



“No one tackles like they did in the ’70s. They don’t tackle anymore. They just hit. If you take face masks off, they won’t hit anymore.” 

— Athletic trainer Kenneth Locker, arguing that better helmets may actually increase the risk of concussions in Thursday’s Daily Texan.

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s government says Nelson Mandela “continues to make steady improvement” as he spends a seventh day in a hospital being treated for a recurring lung infection that developed into pneumonia.

Admirers around the world have sent prayers and good wishes to the 94-year-old who helped end white minority rule and avoided civil war by his insistence on reconciliation despite being jailed for 27 years.

A brief government statement said Mandela “continues to respond satisfactorily to treatment.”

It said he has been visited by his family. Reporters saw his wife, Graca Machel, leave the hospital on Wednesday.

The government gave no indication when Mandela might leave the hospital. He contracted tuberculosis when he was jailed for 27 years by the apartheid government.