*Hession to be sworn in as mayor: Council, with new member, to meet/Mike Prager, Spokesman-Review -- Dennis Hession has no where to go but up as far as Spokane is concerned.
*Kong starts contractions: New year brings joy bigger than star of blockbuster/Mike McLean, Coeur d'Alene Press -- Can't think of a better way to induce labor than the Peter Jackson's thrill ride. Congrats to the parents of KMC's first 2006 baby.
*Madison, Jacob top baby names: Parents' picks range from Aiden to Zeba/Rob McDonald, Spokesman-Review -- Most popular local names: I remember when every other boy was named David. Wonder if my first name has become one of those old-fashioned ones, such as Gertrude and Bertha?
*Police: Woman's husband fired gun: Suspect in road-rage fatality told arresting officers to look for bullet holes in vehicle/Christi Wilhelm, Coeur d'Alene Press -- We're going to have to wait until police sort this one out. Whatever really happened -- this was a senseless taking of life.
*Killed Spokane Valley woman identified/Spokesman-Review -- Another woman who hooked up with the wrong guy.