The Stranger was founded by Tim Keck, who had previously co-founded the satirical newspaper The Onion, and cartoonist James Sturm. Its first issue came out on September 23, 1991. The paper is distributed to local businesses, newsstands, and newspaper boxes free of charge every Wednesday. It calls itself "Seattle's Only Newspaper," an expression of its disdain for Seattle's two dailies (the Seattle Times and the now-defunct print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) and The Stranger's main rival, the Seattle Weekly. The paper regularly covers Seattle City Council politics. In its early days, The Stranger had a print run of 20,000, and was focused in Seattle's University District. The paper was a single sheet wrapped around a wad of coupons for local businesses. On April 16, 2012, The Stranger won its first Pulitzer Prize. Eli Sanders won in the Feature Writing category for "The Bravest Woman In Seattle," which the citation describes as "a haunting story of a woman who survived a brutal attack that took the life of her partner, using the womans brave courtroom testimony and the details of the crime to construct a moving narrative." The feature appeared in the June 15, 2011 edition.
One of those storylines was Dorne’s plot to install Myrcella as Queen, mostly just to tick off Cersei and provoke a war with the Lannisters. According to Dornish law, Myrcella should have been Queen before Tommen became King, since she’s older than him. Princess Arianne steals Myrcella away to kick her plan into action, but she’s thwarted by guards who figure out her plot. Myrcella loses an ear in the scuffle, but lives. So much has happened with Dorne since then that this plot is only memorable due to Myrcella’s missing ear.