This day in history: Sept. 5, 2014

Today is Friday, September 5, the 248th day of 2014. There are 117 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 5, 1914, the First Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, began during World War I.

On this date:

Film tells little-known story of World War II heroism

It was April 4, 1943 when Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess, nine other American war prisoners and two Filipino convicts made a daring escape from the Davao Penal Colony, an Imperial Japanese Army prison camp in the Philippines.

Judah Christian gift a father's dream realized

CHAMPAIGN — Gene A. Salmon didn't have a lot of hobbies. He liked his job, loved his family and was passionate about Christian education.

He also knew the value of hard work, and demonstrated it throughout his life — starting as a bookkeeper for Cross Construction, the Urbana-based company he'd eventually go on to own.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 5, 2014

Seven years after the end of a brilliant college career, J Leman (above) stays involved with football. Without getting smacked every play or criticized as a coach.

"I got all my hits out over 17 years of football," Leman said. "I'm happy where I'm at now."

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

Jimmy Carter to speak at Illinois College

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak next month at a liberal arts college in central Illinois.

Study: Millennials less trusting than Gen X was

MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer

Music Q&A: Darwin Keüp of Resinater

Paul Wood chats with Darwin Keüp of Champaign’s own Resinater. He plays bass and sings; other members are Sam Geneser (bass) and Curtis Wagner (drums). Resinater plays at 8 p.m. Friday at Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, 105 N. Market St.,C.

So, two bass players and a drummer. Have guitarists become obsolete?

Area history, Sept. 4, 2014

Today is Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Sept. 4, 2014

Arcola's famous Lawn Rangers have a home game this weekend, participating in Saturday's 3 p.m. parade at the Broomcorn Festival.

"There's nothing better than marching in our hometown parade in Arcola," 2003 Lawn Ranger Hall of Famer Kevin Monahan said.

Even better than appearing in President Obama's inauguration parade in 2009?