From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 9, 1987:
- A random sampling of opinions from Lawrence residents showed a great deal of sympathy for former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, who had dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination this week after an onslaught of media attention to his possible involvement with Miami model Donna Rice. "I'm not sure what he did had too much to do with politics," said Frank Branigan, adding however that "a person's character is important." Opinions varied on the media's treatment of Hart, with one man believing that public officials should know how they will be treated in the limelight, while another respondent offered her opinion that the media had sensationalized the story.
- President Reagan signed into law this week a measure to designate the Santa Fe Trail a national historic trail. The federal government was to be responsible for marking and managing segments of the trail, part of which ran through southern Douglas County. The local segment of the trail had been commemorated by markers placed in the early 1900s by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Home delivery rates for the Lawrence Journal-World were increasing, according to a notice in today's edition. A subscription for a four-week period was going to be raised from $5.90 to $6.25.