''It's probably nothing, but the economy is really screwing all the bars right now, and the last thing we need is something ramping up the not-go-out mode people seem to be in right now. It's really freaky that someone would do something like this at a time like this.''
Keith Christensen of the Eagle bar in Seattle, WA. Eleven gay-friendly bars in the Capitol Hill area and The Stanger newspaper (most famous as the home of gay advice columnist Dan Savage) received a bizarre letter threatening them with ricin, a poisonous powder created from castor beans. The bars are said to be holding a ''pub crawl'' in a show of support rather than show any intimidation. (The Stranger)