From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 18, 1988:
- An art auction this week had raised approximately $16,000 for the Lawrence Arts Center, "Yellow Iris," a colored pencil drawing by Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, brought in the top price of $1,825, the highest any work had sold for in the eight years of the auction's history.
- A school referendum was to be decided on in an upcoming local election. A "yes" vote would raise teacher salaries in the Lawrence school district by 14.9 percent, or about $3,000, in the coming two years.
- The Kansas University School of Social Welfare announced this week that Ann T. Weick had been named the new dean of the school. Weick, an associate professor of social welfare, had been serving as acting dean since September, when Patricia Ewalt had resigned to take a post at the University of Hawaii.
- Fans of such 1980s television shows as "L.A. Law," "thirtysomething," "Moonlighting," and "Cheers" were at a loose end this week as a strike by Hollywood writers had forced many series to interrupt their seasons. The strike, now in its seventh week, showed no signs of settlement.