From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 24, 1988:
- Although the Bald Eagle was getting most of the press, there was another species of the animal kingdom whose supporters were concerned about the environmental effects of the proposed riverfront mall. Frank Cross, curator of fishes for the Museum of Natural History at Kansas University, said that the Kansas Department of Parks and Wildlife also had questioned the effect of the related bank stabilization plans on the flathead chub, a species of once-plentiful fish that was now on the state's threatened species list. "People care about eagles," said Cross, "but most people don't care about flathead chubs; that's because they've never heard of them."
- A Lawrence School District maintenance employee was reported to be in fair condition this morning after a fall at Pinckney School. The man had been doing some mortar work on a ladder or scaffolding when he had fallen, suffering a closed head injury and a broken elbow. One of the children leaving the playground area after recess had noticed the man lying on the ground and had reported the accident.
- A front-page article today described the phenomenon of an "incredibly popular" song now topping the charts in the U.S. Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was the No. 1 song in the country as well as the first a cappella song in 30 years to top Billboard magazine's Hot 100 singles chart. "Every so often a song comes along that touches off a catch phrase," said Billboard's Paul Grein. "Usually it works the other way around, where a song will capitalize on a catch phrase. This song is unprecedented."