From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 22, 1988:
- Lawrence residents might have been wondering if the area had gone straight from winter into summer. Just five days earlier, the city had been looking at 3 inches of wet snow, but with the arrival of the vernal equinox, daytime highs were suddenly 25 to 30 degrees above normal, according to Steve Kays, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Topeka. Moving from local weather vagaries to global trends, a report released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the previous two years had been the warmest in the U.S. in more than three decades.
- The cost of mailing a first-class letter was scheduled to jump from 22 cents to a quarter on April 3, the U.S. Postal Service announced today. The change was part of an overall increase in rates, including those for third-class advertising, magazines, and newspapers, which had remained stable since early 1985.
- An "absolute mess" was the cheerful prediction for the intersection of 23rd and Louisiana streets in the coming weeks. LRM Industries, Lawrence, was scheduled to begin work April 4 on a $314,000 project to widen the busy crossroads. Depending on weather, the project was expected to take three to four months to complete.