From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 17, 1988:
- There were no injuries reported this morning in an collision between a car and a school bus. The car, driven by a 19-year-old Topeka woman, had struck a stopped school bus in rural Baldwin. The bus, with 21 students aboard, had been stopped on a gravel road when the car, a 1980 Ford, had come over a hill and struck it. "She might have been going a little too fast," said Robin Moore, a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. "She told me she drank a beer this morning and she had another one with her and she didn't appear drunk." No drunk-driving tests had been administered at the scene and the woman wasn't charged with any drinking-related offenses, Moore said, adding that the woman had been distraught after the accident and might have therefore appeared to witnesses to be intoxicated.
- News from Hollywood revealed that "The Last Emperor" had captured nine Academy Award nominations, followed by seven nominations for "Broadcast News." Newcomer Holly Hunter had been nominated in the best actress category for her performance in the latter. Garnering six nominations each were "Empire of the Sun," "Fatal Attraction," and "Moonstruck." Best-actor nominations were Jack Nicholson for his role in "Ironweed," Robin Williams for "Good Morning Vietnam," Michael Douglas for "Wall Street,", William Hurt for "Broadcast News," and Marcello Mastroianni for "Dark Eyes." In addition to Hunter, actresses nominated included Meryl Streep for "Ironwood," Cher for "Moonstruck," Glenn Close for "Fatal Attraction," and Sally Kirkland for "Anna."