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The Reliable Source
[FINAL Edition]
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Date: Apr 23, 2006
Start Page: D.03
Section: STYLE

Scenes from the Miss USA pageant in Baltimore that you couldn't have seen on TV: Pageant owner Donald Trump being applauded as he walked to his seat in the Baltimore Arena . . . Mrs. Maryland, Ms. North America Galaxy and Miss Teen New Mexico sitting in the audience like visiting ambassadors in tiaras and sashes . . . The Ravens-loyal crowd booing Steeler Hines Ward when he was introduced as a judge . . . The man in the long brocade coat and cornrows who brayed "Yessss! Yessss! Yessss!" when Miss D.C. Candace Allen was named a Top 15 finalist (later Top 10) . . . The crowd giggling as Miss Florida fumbled her Q&A . . . The crowd booing as favorite Miss Ohio (a fresh-faced gal in a black plunge-to-her-navel gown) was announced a mere third runner-up . . . William Donald Schaefer waiting to pose for a photo with winner Miss Kentucky after the show . . . At the VIP reception, getting a smile out of judge Nicole Linkletter (a coltish "America's Next Top Model" winner) with our catty talk about the finalists' dresses. "I don't think I'm supposed to talk about that!" she laughed before cute gold-medal speedskater Chad Hedrick, a fellow judge, lured her away . . . Kendel Ehrlich, glam in strapless chartreuse and pave diamond snake necklace, leaning in to whisper conspiratorially to Miss Ohio . . . Commentator (and "Queer Eye" star) Carson Kressley blanking on the first name of his new best friend: "Oh, First Lady Ehrlich! First Lady Ehrlich!" . . .

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