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Web site aims to stop inaugural look-alikes

Ladies, picture this:

You search for weeks before finding the perfect gown for an inaugural ball. You're thrilled; its silhouette and color are exactly what you had imagined.

Then, on the night of the fete, you spot another woman wearing the same dress.

Oh, the horror!

A new Web site,, hopes to limit these social nightmares by allowing you to "register" the gown you're wearing to a specific inaugural ball. It includes a place to detail the color, length, designer, neckline description and other distinguishing characteristics. You can even upload a photo.

The genius behind it?

A man.

Andrew Jones got the idea after his wife traveled from their home in West Palm Beach, Fla., to New York City to buy a gown for a charity ball in their hometown - strictly to avoid seeing the same dress at the event.

"I kind of put two and two together and I said, 'I think there's a way technology can help us here,' " said Jones, a 42-year-old automotive industry consultant.

Beyonce music videos dominate YouTube

A number of high-profile musicians have made enormous impacts on YouTube: Soulja Boy, Rihanna, the Jonas Brothers and Chris Brown among them.

But Beyonce is giving them all a run for their money.

Her video for "If I Were a Boy" has been watched by more than 34 million on the video-sharing site. In it, Beyonce imagines life if gender roles were reversed between her and her boyfriend (a fictional boyfriend, alas, not Jay-Z).

This offers the particular thrill of seeing Beyonce as a police officer - which, if it ever happened, would surely cause such a rash of speeding (with the hopes of a ticket from the pop star) that roads would resemble "Grand Theft Auto."

The popularity of "If I Were a Boy" is approached by Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)." That video has yielded at least 22 million views and inspired countless bedroom copycats.

The video has spawned dozens and dozens of amateur versions, from the mimicking of a toddler named Arianna to more aggressively serious attempts, like that of a 20-year-old North Carolina native who identifies himself as a Staples employee named Chris or "Angel Pariz."

Amy Winehouse has a date with the judge

British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has been summoned to appear in a Norwegian court on Jan. 12 in her appeal of a fine in a drug-possession case, a police prosecutor said Wednesday.

Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were arrested in the city of Bergen in October 2007 during a concert stop on charges of possessing 7 grams (a quarter-ounce) of marijuana. They were held overnight and released after paying fines of 3,000 kroner ($415) each.

Winehouse, 25, later appealed the fine, saying Norwegian police made errors in the case. An initial trial date in March 2008 was postponed at the request of her lawyer.

Police prosecutor Rudolf Christoffersen says the star and her husband had been informed of the date by British police and will probably have to appear in person in the Bergen appeals court.

"She is the one who appealed, so that makes it her appeal," Christoffersen said by telephone. "Often, if you don't appear at your own appeal hearing, then the court will dismiss the appeal."

Winehouse's Norwegian attorney, Ole Kvelstad, has said that payment of the fine amounted to a guilty plea, which he said could have serious consequences if she sought to enter the United States. Winehouse was denied a U.S. visa this year when she wanted to perform at the Grammy awards.

today's birthdays

TV host Jack Hanna, 62

Actress Wendy Phillips, 57

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr., 41

Actor Taye Diggs, 38

Actress Kate Bosworth, 26

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