Sep 19, 2019

Hello, it's Monday, August 26. In today's edition: fighting for the Iron Front symbol, crafting stick-and-poke tattoos and cleaning up nets from the bottom of Puget Sound.

The Big Stories

Tattoo artist Avery Osajima works on a client using the stick-and-poke method

 

Seattle's queer artists are redefining tattoo culture

by Agueda Pacheco Flores

Gentle and intimate, stick-and-poke tats find a home in LGBTQ shops. Read more

Divers from the Army surface in Puget Sound

Watch: Old nets kill marine life every year, but the Army is diving to the rescue

by Beatriz Costa Lima

Hundreds of derelict nets are tangled deep in Puget Sound, threatening delicate marine habitat. So WA wildlife officials enlisted the Army's deep-sea dive team for help. Read more

Sounders fans in the stands hold a banner reading "Anti-racist, always Seattle, anti-fascist"

Sounders fans vow to continue fight to fly anti-fascist Iron Front symbol

by Patrick Leary

Seattle supporters joined their Portland Timbers rivals Friday in vocal opposition to their teams' interpretation of a league rule against political messaging. Read more

President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan

Op-EdHow Washington state turned blue: Three decades of data explain our partisan shift

by H. Stuart Elway

In the latest Crosscut/Elway Poll, Democrats far outnumber Republicans. It wasn’t always like this. Read more

People play Connect Four at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square

Op-EdNow that the Mercer Mega Block is sold, let's think bigger about public land

by Katie Wilson

The $143.5M sale in South Lake Union will raise millions for affordable housing, but what could Seattle accomplish with a little more imagination? Read more

What we're reading

‘Why does freedom have to come with layers?’ Black, queer residents speak out about identity in Seattle (The Seattle Times)

Yakama linguist honored for a lifetime of reviving Native languages (The Yakima Herald)

In campaign stop near Amazon, Elizabeth Warren avoids confronting tech giant on breakup plan (GeekWire)

How a Spokane astronaut's bitter divorce battle on Earth led to claims of a crime in space (The New York Times

Which PNW stories have caught your attention today? Send us links!

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