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This day in history, Dec. 2, 2016

Today is Friday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2016. There are 29 days left in the year.

Today's history:

On Dec. 2, 1816, the first savings bank in the United States, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business.

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In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French.

Clergy corner, Dec. 2, 2016

If he had to put a number on it — and you gave him and a few staffers 40 minutes and a calculator — the Rev. GARY GROGAN guesstimates that he's presided over 8,778* services since coming to Stone Creek Church in the summer of 1988.

Note the asterisk.

#TheMJs, Dec. 2, 2016

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Area history, Dec. 2, 2016

Today is Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Here are news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, Ed Marshky was being held by Urbana police on a charge of bootlegging, and R.E. Holtam and M.C. Coleman were arrested for congregating to drink as a result of a visit to Marshky's place. When police entered the house, a barrel of beer and a case of whiskey were captured.

Life Remembered: 'The quintessential rumpled reporter'

URBANA — If you knew Steve Bauer, you knew a generous friend, a loving family man, a highly respected journalist, an avid Yankees and Broncos fan, an uninhibited dancer and an all-around good guy, according to colleagues, family and others in his life.

Mr. Bauer, who worked as a reporter at The News-Gazette for 31 years, died Wednesday at age 69. Services will be held today.

What's in a Name? Candlestick Lane

When he was 10, Charlie Halpin remembers his dad, Charles, and other neighbors on their southeast Urbana street convening to create decorations during Christmastime.

"They'd make nativity sets or Santa Clauses and these were all pretty elaborate decorations," Halpin said of the scene on Grant Place.

Top of the morning, Dec. 2, 2016

Normally, bobbleheads don't look a lot like their subjects. But they got Gene Honda's right.

"I think the likeness is pretty spot on," said Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. "I remember Gene saying something to the effect, 'It looks great, except it looks too much like me.' "

This day in history, Dec. 1, 2016

Today is Thursday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2016. There are 30 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

Area history, Dec. 1, 2016

Today is Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Here are news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Vet who flew in last WWII mission to speak at UI ROTC event

CHAMPAIGN — A war hero who flew in the last combat mission of World War II will speak at an Air Force ROTC event tonight.

Capt. Jerry Yellin, an Army Air Corps veteran, served from 1941 to 1945.