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"The modernization of the international competition has been significantly slower than the Swedish contest, although we see signs of change on horizon," Swedish organizer Panos Papadopoulos said in a statement Wednesday. "Until the parent organization catches up, we have chosen not to participate this year."
The former Miss America from Cincinnati who now lives in Kentucky and recently shot out a tire on an intruder's truck is scheduled to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," according to the show's website.
Venus Ramey, 82, will appear on tonight's episode along with fellow guest talk-show host Conan O'Brien, the show's schedule states.
Ramey, the 1944 Miss America, has been in the news recently after she confronted a man she said was stealing from her Waynesburg farm in Kentucky.
Detailing for TVGuide.com the fine line she had to brave within the instant-messaging arena, Nelson, 21, says her teen persona never made the first move — nor needed to. "[The men] would send the first message, saying, 'ASL,' or 'age/sex/location,' so immediately they know that I am a 14-year-old girl from Long Island," she shares. "From there, they started a conversation and escalated it to a sexual level. And they came, on their own time and very willingly, to this [decoy] house to have sex with a 14-year-old."
But as these cyberchats grew dicey in nature, did Nelson have to pruriently play along to sustain the sting operation? "No, we played innocent," she says. AMW's John Walsh reiterates, "Lauren is a 21-year-old lady, and nobody asked her nor did she try to take [the conversation] to another level, to entrap them by saying anything salacious or off-color to lure them [to the house]. These guys, it's almost like they're talking to and titillating themselves, so our job was not to provoke them or be provocative, but to say, 'Yeah, I'm dumb enough or naive enough or curious enough for you to come here."
Miss America Organization
609-345-7571, ext. 17
TUNE IN ALERT for Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson to Promote the America's Most Wanted Sting Operation to Catch On-Line Child Predators
Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson will be on several national media outlets to promote her upcoming appearance on AMERICA’S MOST WANTED, which is scheduled to air on Saturday, April 28 (9:00-10:00 ET/PT) on FOX. More information on this special episode of AMW will be sent later this week.
Scheduled TV Interviews Include:
THURSDAY, APRIL 26 - all times are Eastern
9:00AM - TODAY Show on NBC
10:00AM - America's Newsroom on FOX News Channel
10:00PM - On the Record with Greta Van Susteren - FOX News Channel
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
The Morning Show w/ Mike and Juliet - check local listings for station and time.
The Barbados Advocate caught Garner at the Children's Development Centre, where she met with some of the children who receive physiotherapy at that facility.
Having signed up as a Variety Club of Barbados member, Garner was becoming familiar with some of the work done at the centre by that charity.
Executive Director of the Variety Club, Sharron Chandra Cumberbatch, told the Barbados Advocate that the charity joins with several others to support the work done at the centre.
Local businesses and members of the community in the Fargo-Moorhead area have been deligently working to raise money to send ND World War II Veterans to Washington, DC to view the World War II Veterans Memorial. The goal is to raise enough money to send all 650 plus Veterans to Washington, DC to view this impressive tribute. So far, nearly $200,000.00 has been pledged or raised for this very worthwhile cause.
On Sunday, April 22, Jo-Anna participated in one of the many fundraisers geared to purchasing flights for the ND Veterans from Fargo's Hector International Airport to Washington, DC. Today's event was held at The Venue, a beautiful two storey nightclub in Fargo, and entertainment was generously provided by the Shriners big band called "The Imperials".
Participants danced the afternoon away to songs of the World War II era. It was an enchanting experience.
Jo-Anna is pictured dancing with fundraiser organizer, Victor Gelking.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Jo-Anna participated in the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for the North Dakota Special Olympics. This well attended fundraiser was organized by Laura Lake, Area 6 Director, Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics or to make a donation to this wonderful organization, please email Laura at
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year round sports training and athleticcompetition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with mental retardation, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The Special Olympics Oath is"Let me win. But if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt."
What a phenomenal group of individuals!
My mother called me today and gave me an update on Brittany. Brittany needed a blood transfusion; her blood is A- and the hospital didn't have any for her. They had to give her a B- blood transfusion.
We have a problem here that needs to be solved. I need YOU to make a difference and donate blood as there is a shortage. The following chart can provide you with information about blood types and what percent of the population has that type.
What are the most common types of blood?
Blood Type % of Population with this Type Who Can Receive this Type
0+ 37.4 ;0+, A+, B+, AB+
0- 6.6; All Blood Types
A+ 35.8; A+, AB+
A- 6.3; A+, A-, AB+, AB-
B+ 8.5; B+, AB+
B- 1.5; B+, B-, AB+, AB-
AB+ 3.4; AB+
AB- .6 ;AB+, AB-
I have emailed Brittany's family to give them a message. I told them to let Brittany know that I promise her I will make her need, as well as more individuals needs, for more blood a reality. Please help me to make a difference, and become a hero.
*Please contact the Blood Center of Wisconsin at:
638 N. 18th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Telephone: (414) 933-5000
Also feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
OR contact the blood center nearest you.
We can make a difference for this little girl. The time is now!
She's 82 years old and today says she's not afraid to use a gun to protect her community. This comes after she did just that shooting at a man's car she says was trying to steal metal near her home in Pulaski County. WYMT's Phil Pendleton spoke to the woman and found out something else about our gun totin' grandma.
Venus Ramey knows it would be easy for someone to take advantage of her. She's 82 and needs a walker to get around.
"I'm an old woman. They figure they can get away with a lot," Ramey said.
Last Friday, she says some people tried to get away with some of her scrap metal. They were caught in the act and police say Curtis Parish was the ringleader.
"And he said if you get out of my way, we'll leave. And I said oh no you won't and I shot 2 shots in one of their tires," Ramey said.
Only that wasn't enough for this former Miss America who fired again.
"I shot one and it wouldn't go down. I thought it would go woosh and flatten, but it didn't. They're not made that way, so I shot it again," Ramey said.
Police say stealing scrap metal is an epidemic and they arrested Curtis Parish and charged him with trespassing. Police say he took the rap for the others involved.
Ramey won the Miss America crown in 1944. Now spends her time selling trees on her farm and trying to protect her property from thieves.
"The first time I was robbed on the other side road about 6 or 7 years ago, I caught one man," Ramey said.
But now both police and Ramey say they don't think this man will try to steal from her again.
Police say Ramey had every right to fire the gun since they say she witnessed the men committing a crime on her property.
Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, April 20, 2007
Story appeared in SCENE section, Page J3
Danielle Feil with her littlest fan, Brianna Curtin, 4, after her crowning as Miss Sacramento County in February. /April Smith
The local pageant circuit is buzzing these days, with at least two area women headed to major competitions. One of them is Danielle Feil, 21, who is the reigning Miss Sacramento County.
(Tracie Stafford of Sacramento is the newly crowned Mrs. California and will represent California in the Mrs. United States pageant in Las Vegas in July.)
Feil, a student at California State University, Sacramento, is working on her master of fine arts in theater, with a minor in dance. She will graduate in May 2008.
Event coordinator Grant Good said the 28 national finalists vying for the sash and crown have spent a hectic 24 hours in Perth, and most had known for less than a week that they would be competing.
"Usually we have a week of preparation time but it has been much more intense this year."
It showed. During interviews, all nine of the WA contestants expressed their disbelief the end for most of them was so near.
Perth contestant Jilian Hawley, 19, said her entry into the competition had been last minute - and she had just four days to prepare.
"It's been such a whirlwind, trying to think of what they will be asking, and what I'll need to wear," she said.
Many of the nine WA girls will be wearing local designers in the evening gown section, with Ruth Tarvydas, Celestial Tenielle and Pierucci among the names of designers whose clothes will grace the catwalk at tomorrow's showdown at Burswood Entertainment Complex.
Only one of the 28 competitors will be whisked away to Mexico City to vie for the crown that made Jennifer Hawkins a household name.
The Miss Universe competition flailed in the late 90s until Miss Hawkins took the crown and was catapulted into the Australian A-list.
Interior decoration student Tahlia Goodrick, 18, said entering the Miss Universe competition had never been something she considered as a career opportunity until she was nominated.
"It sounded like a good challenge so I thought I'd just give it a shot. It's also been quite nerve-wracking and I've been studying up on current affairs," she said.
The youngest woman in the competition is Georgia Kay, who at just 18 barely qualifies for the 18-27 age limit.
"I just found out I'm also the only one with no modelling experience, but I just keep telling myself it's just about fun," she said.
Miss Kay, who will begin a double degree in visual arts at Monash University in Melbourne, is likely to win fans with a down-to-earth-attitude that could rival the likes of Hawkins herself.
April 17, 2007 10:00pm
TOPLESS photos and a liking for "kissing girls, and men who can kiss well" has ruled Perth beauty Carly Hanson out of Miss Universe.
Hanson, a former favourite to win, has withdrawn from the contest after it was revealed she had posed topless for men's magazine Ralph.
Ralph magazine has two pictures of Hanson in their "Babes" section, one with the caption: "Perth Hottie Carly Hanson, 20, likes bikinis that show off her breasts, kissing girls, men who can kiss well and sunbathing topless. And that's why we like her."
National event coordinator Grant Good said to be eligible to enter the event, contestants must not have posed nude in photographs or films.
"We've only just found out that she had topless shots in Ralph," Good said. "It's just not suitable. We had that problem with Erin McNaught last year and we can't go through that again."
Last year's Miss Universe Australia winner Erin McNaught was embroiled in controversy after it was revealed she had posed for Zoo magazine. Until then, she had been a favourite to win the title.
Phillips, 23, daughter of Janie and Jonathan Nicol, is the first African American woman to wear the crown of Miss Texas and represent the state at the Miss America pageant. Phillips wore the title of First Runner-Up at Miss America and received the CMT network People's Choice Award for her vocal talent performance.