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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,Sun Staff | July 24, 2005
SOWETO, South Africa -- On a recent Sunday morning in South Africa's best-known township, the congregation at St. Paul's Anglican Church sat through whiffs of pungent incense fumes and a long-winded sermon about HIV / AIDS prevention. As the lengthy service neared its end, a tall, strikingly attractive woman entered the sanctuary and sat in the front row. Curious eyes set upon her. Then priest Timothy Mncube asked Natalie Glebova, better known as Miss Universe, to say a few words. As she stood and approached the pulpit, surprise and delight spread like wildfire.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
  "Things happen for a reason. " Potomac's Nana Meriwether, the reigning Miss USA, says that a lot. Especially when she talks about the road she followed to her title: two runner-up finishes at the Miss California pageant before being crowned Miss Maryland last year; another second-place finish, this time in June's Miss USA competition; then - finally - the Miss USA crown, but only after the woman who beat her, 20-year-old Olivia Culpo...
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
  "Things happen for a reason. " Potomac's Nana Meriwether, the reigning Miss USA, says that a lot. Especially when she talks about the road she followed to her title: two runner-up finishes at the Miss California pageant before being crowned Miss Maryland last year; another second-place finish, this time in June's Miss USA competition; then - finally - the Miss USA crown, but only after the woman who beat her, 20-year-old Olivia Culpo...
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Sun news services | June 3, 2012
The contestant from Maryland was the runner-up in the Miss USA pageant Sunday in Las Vegas. Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether, a 27-year-old from Potomac, finished second to Rhode Island's Olivia Culpo at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After beating out a field of 51 contestants that included Meriwether, a former volleyball player at Duke and UCLA, Culpo will be the U.S. representative in this year's 61st Miss Universe pageant. After the pageant's three competitions - swimsuit, evening gown and interview question - Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella crowned Culpo, a 20-year-old cellist, her successor.
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Sun news services | June 3, 2012
The contestant from Maryland was the runner-up in the Miss USA pageant Sunday in Las Vegas. Miss Maryland USA Nana Meriwether, a 27-year-old from Potomac, finished second to Rhode Island's Olivia Culpo at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After beating out a field of 51 contestants that included Meriwether, a former volleyball player at Duke and UCLA, Culpo will be the U.S. representative in this year's 61st Miss Universe pageant. After the pageant's three competitions - swimsuit, evening gown and interview question - Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella crowned Culpo, a 20-year-old cellist, her successor.
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May 31, 2005
In the News Lindsay Lohan's father is sentenced to prison Teenage actress Lindsay Lohan's father was sentenced Friday to up to four years in prison on guilty pleas to a variety of crimes, including driving while impaired and attempted assault, a prosecutor said. Michael Lohan, 45, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years for a series of incidents stretching over a year, Nassau County, N.Y., prosecutor Joy Watson said. The latest occurred in February, when he was charged with drunken driving after running his car into a utility pole on Long Island.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 17, 2006
The 51 Miss USA contestants are packing their suitcases today and heading for the Big Apple. After two activity-jammed weeks of living la vida Baltimore, the thought seems to be, if they can make it here, they'll make it anywhere. The contestants - who have been dorming at the Wyndham Hotel since April 2 - have been experiencing quite the high life the past two weeks. They've gotten dressed up in fabulous clothes and flitted about town, dining at Fleming's and Obrycki's and on the rooftop of Annapolis' Metropolitan.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 10, 2010
Mary Leona Gage, the 1957 Miss Maryland pageant winner who was Miss USA for only a day before officials stripped her of her title because she was a married mother of two, has died in Los Angeles at 71. A son, Robert Kaminer, told the Associated Press Saturday that Gage died of heart failure at a Sherman Oaks hospital Tuesday. Gage was the only Marylander ever selected as Miss USA. And, like Vanessa Williams and Carrie Prejean decades later, she was not the last to become famous after a pageant scandal.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 2, 2006
Loveliness is coming here to Baltimore -- loaded down with mountains of hair gel, moisturizer and mascara, and armed with evening gowns and strappy sandals. The Miss USA pageant is calling Baltimore home this month, for a second year in a row. The 51 contestants -- plus last year's winner, Chelsea Cooley -- will descend here en masse today. "The judges are going to have a big job on their hands trying to figure out which one of these ladies is worthy of being Miss USA," said Dennis Castleman, assistant secretary for tourism, film and the arts, with the state's Department of Business Economic Development.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 18, 2006
Do the Miss USA contestants need a makeover? Maybe the 51 beauties don't, but pageant officials apparently thought this year's show could use one. They've hired the quippy king of makeover shows, Carson Kressley, to work the room during Friday's telecast. Kressley, of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, will play the role of "color man" -- a first for the competition, in its 55th year. He's charged with enhancing the broadcast with his commentary "on everything from the ladies' gowns and their beauty looks to their on-stage presentation," officials say. Look for Kressley to be out-and-about in the aisles of 1st Mariner Arena, the site of this year's pageant, cracking wise in his signature way. He'll pair up with current Miss USA Chelsea Cooley, who also will offer some commentary before giving up her crown, and he'll add a bit of levity to the co-hosting chore shared by Nancy O'Dell, of Access Hollywood, and Drew Lachey, this year's winner of Dancing with the Stars.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2010
Mary Leona Gage, the 1957 Miss Maryland USA pageant winner who was Miss USA for only a day before officials stripped her of her title because she was a married mother of two, has died in Los Angeles at 71. A son, Robert Kaminer, told the Associated Press Saturday that Gage died of heart failure at a Sherman Oaks hospital Tuesday. Gage was the only Marylander ever selected as Miss USA. And, like beauty-pageant contestants Vanessa Williams and Carrie Prejean decades later, she became famous after a pageant scandal.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 18, 2006
Do the Miss USA contestants need a makeover? Maybe the 51 beauties don't, but pageant officials apparently thought this year's show could use one. They've hired the quippy king of makeover shows, Carson Kressley, to work the room during Friday's telecast. Kressley, of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, will play the role of "color man" -- a first for the competition, in its 55th year. He's charged with enhancing the broadcast with his commentary "on everything from the ladies' gowns and their beauty looks to their on-stage presentation," officials say. Look for Kressley to be out-and-about in the aisles of 1st Mariner Arena, the site of this year's pageant, cracking wise in his signature way. He'll pair up with current Miss USA Chelsea Cooley, who also will offer some commentary before giving up her crown, and he'll add a bit of levity to the co-hosting chore shared by Nancy O'Dell, of Access Hollywood, and Drew Lachey, this year's winner of Dancing with the Stars.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 17, 2006
The 51 Miss USA contestants are packing their suitcases today and heading for the Big Apple. After two activity-jammed weeks of living la vida Baltimore, the thought seems to be, if they can make it here, they'll make it anywhere. The contestants - who have been dorming at the Wyndham Hotel since April 2 - have been experiencing quite the high life the past two weeks. They've gotten dressed up in fabulous clothes and flitted about town, dining at Fleming's and Obrycki's and on the rooftop of Annapolis' Metropolitan.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | April 2, 2006
Loveliness is coming here to Baltimore -- loaded down with mountains of hair gel, moisturizer and mascara, and armed with evening gowns and strappy sandals. The Miss USA pageant is calling Baltimore home this month, for a second year in a row. The 51 contestants -- plus last year's winner, Chelsea Cooley -- will descend here en masse today. "The judges are going to have a big job on their hands trying to figure out which one of these ladies is worthy of being Miss USA," said Dennis Castleman, assistant secretary for tourism, film and the arts, with the state's Department of Business Economic Development.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,Sun Staff | July 24, 2005
SOWETO, South Africa -- On a recent Sunday morning in South Africa's best-known township, the congregation at St. Paul's Anglican Church sat through whiffs of pungent incense fumes and a long-winded sermon about HIV / AIDS prevention. As the lengthy service neared its end, a tall, strikingly attractive woman entered the sanctuary and sat in the front row. Curious eyes set upon her. Then priest Timothy Mncube asked Natalie Glebova, better known as Miss Universe, to say a few words. As she stood and approached the pulpit, surprise and delight spread like wildfire.
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May 31, 2005
In the News Lindsay Lohan's father is sentenced to prison Teenage actress Lindsay Lohan's father was sentenced Friday to up to four years in prison on guilty pleas to a variety of crimes, including driving while impaired and attempted assault, a prosecutor said. Michael Lohan, 45, was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years for a series of incidents stretching over a year, Nassau County, N.Y., prosecutor Joy Watson said. The latest occurred in February, when he was charged with drunken driving after running his car into a utility pole on Long Island.
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