Club Love Letter

While they haven't completed their investigation into Seth Warshavsky's local porn company I.E.G. ["No Love For Clublove," Oct 14], state inspectors have started baring their teeth. On October 18 the Department of Labor & Industries sent a letter to Mara Mehren, Talent Director at the porn company's Capitol Hill studios. The letter reminded Mehren that her company had to give paid breaks, and pay dancers for a September 17 mandatory meeting -- something the workers say I.E.G. neglected to do. Labor & Industries has not yet ruled on workers' charges of unsanitary working conditions. ALEXANDRA HOLLY-GOTTLIEB


Fueling the Flames

Remember that fire-bombing of the downtown Gap a couple weeks ago? Four Molotov cocktails were tossed at the store window late in the morning of November 1. Furniture inside the store was damaged, but little else.

Now, a police officer has added more to the story. The vandals spray-painted a political symbol on either side of the front doors. "It was a big circle with an A at the center of it," says Lt. Dick Schweitzer. "[The insignia] has been attributed to an anarchist group out of Oregon."

The lieutenant divulged this ominous information at a Queen Anne neighborhood meeting, where he was discussing security issues in light of the upcoming World Trade Organization conference. Schweitzer told the audience that he expects more trouble from out-of-town rabble-rousers during the conference. PHIL CAMPBELL


Jet Lag

Judy Nicastro won her city council race despite the noticeable absence of corporate donations. Sure, her populist bent may have frightened big business, but heck, she didn't even get a donation from her former employer, Boeing. Nicastro was a parts buyer at the aerospace giant. Boeing gave $300 to Jim Compton, $400 to Heidi Wills, and $350 to Margaret Pageler. And the doozy: They chipped in $350 to help Nicastro's opponent, Cheryl Chow. "I am sure it's because she's big business," Nicastro says. Boeing did not return calls by press time. ALEXANDRA HOLLY-GOTTLIEB


Homeless Unplugged

Last week, City Council Member Peter Steinbrueck changed his Safe Harbors resolution. The plan was to pay a consultant $90,000 to determine the best way to track homeless people using a computerized database. Now, thanks largely to pressure from homeless advocacy groups like SHARE/WHEEL, Steinbrueck has put the use of computers up for debate. ALEXANDRA HOLLY-GOTTLIEB

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