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And now for the real dirty laundry

If dirty laundry is what Ken Starr is after, that's exactly what he'll get from the Net. By the basketful.

If dirty laundry is what Ken Starr is after, that's exactly what he'll get from the Net. By the basketful.

A group of women in Bloomington, Indiana, who call themselves the Committee for the Preservation of Our Moral Fabric, have launched a Web site urging Netizens to send soiled garments to the independent counsel's office.

"We call upon women across the nation who may be in possession of similarly stained dresses to send them to the Office of the Independent Counsel. Men may also have a special contribution to make. We must all give this investigation the help it deserves," a message on the site reads.

Sonja Rasmussen, one of the committee members, said today that she and a few friends formulated the idea while discussing Starr's investigation of President Clinton's relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and "our disgust" with the way the case has been handled. They were inspired to build the site out of "the sense of how completely out of perspective and out of control the investigation has gone," she said.

Rasmussen estimates that roughly 60 people so far have sent in stained dresses. Starr's office did not return calls for comment about the online initiative.

Rasmussen, 44, a singer and technical writer, said she doesn't expect any response from the protest, but "I would love to see lots and lots of dresses show up at the office of the independent counsel."