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September 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It seems nothing can break "Breaking Bad's" hold on Twitter -- not even a storm of racially charged social media activity over this year's Miss America pageant. Sunday night's episode on AMC, titled "Ozymandias," brought more death and sorrow and drew almost 599,000 tweets, nearly double the number that last week's episode generated, according to Nielsen's SocialGuide. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings On the same night, ABC aired the 2014 Miss America competition, in which Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned the winner after performing a Bollywood fusion dance for the talent portion, generating about 463,000 tweets.  Many of the tweeted reactions to Davuluri's victory, which made her the first-ever winner of Indian heritage , were highly xenophobic .  Coming in behind two episodes of Fox's "The X Factor," President Obama's 15-minute Tuesday speech about the ongoing situation in Syria unleashed about 232,000 tweets.  Here are the rankings for the week that ended Sunday.
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September 18, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
First came the movie “Silver Linings Playbook.” Now comes the sort-of sequel: “Silver Linings Divorce.” Just check out this headline from Wednesday's L.A. Times website: “Divorces Increase as Improving Economy Makes Split-ups Affordable.” (And you thought there weren't any good-news stories anymore.) Apparently, what's at work here is a corollary of the old “staying together for the sake of the children.” Call this one “staying together for the sake of the nice house and the BMW and the box at the Hollywood Bowl.” Let my colleague Stuart Pfeifer explain: It's not that money necessarily leads to unhappiness.
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February 14, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Miss America is headed back home.  After a six year stint in Las Vegas, the Miss America Organization announced that it will move its namesake pageant back to Atlantic City, N.J., this September. The pageant also signed a three-year renewal of its TV deal with network partner ABC. Miss America's roots in Atlantic City extend back to 1921, when organizers hoped that an annual beauty pageant could extend the summer vacation season at the seaside resort town for another week into September.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It seems nothing can break "Breaking Bad's" hold on Twitter -- not even a storm of racially charged social media activity over this year's Miss America pageant. Sunday night's episode on AMC, titled "Ozymandias," brought more death and sorrow and drew almost 599,000 tweets, nearly double the number that last week's episode generated, according to Nielsen's SocialGuide. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings On the same night, ABC aired the 2014 Miss America competition, in which Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned the winner after performing a Bollywood fusion dance for the talent portion, generating about 463,000 tweets.  Many of the tweeted reactions to Davuluri's victory, which made her the first-ever winner of Indian heritage , were highly xenophobic .  Coming in behind two episodes of Fox's "The X Factor," President Obama's 15-minute Tuesday speech about the ongoing situation in Syria unleashed about 232,000 tweets.  Here are the rankings for the week that ended Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Miss America pageant will tape a seven-episode documentary series titled "Finding Miss America" in Los Angeles from Sept. 5 to 13, the Miss America Organization announced. The series, which is to air on Country Music Television, will show the 52 women in preliminary competition and give viewers a chance to choose which ones advance to the top 15 for a shot at becoming Miss America 2007.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's broadcast of the Miss America pageant, which crowned its first-ever winner of Indian heritage and its second consecutive victor from New York, grew significantly in the ratings from last year, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The Sunday night telecast, which ran from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., drew 8.43-million viewers, up 18% from last year for its fourth year of audience growth, and it garnered a rating of 1.9 among advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year-olds,...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2005 | From Associated Press
Miss America's goin' country. The famous beauty pageant, its future in doubt since ABC dropped it last fall, has signed a multiyear broadcast deal with cable country music network CMT. The pageant, traditionally held in September or October, won't crown its next winner until January. And it may not happen in Atlantic City, N.J., where Miss America was born as a Labor Day publicity stunt in 1921.
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March 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Miss America Pageant has been dropped by Country Music Television, leaving the 86-year-old competition without a TV outlet. The Viacom-owned network, which had rights to air the pageant through 2011, notified the organization, which had moved the pageant to Las Vegas from Atlantic City, that it would not exercise its option to televise the contest "in 2008 and beyond." "It's been a very good two-year run," said pageant head Art McMaster.
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November 18, 1996 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She is even named after beautiful things. Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997, was in Glendale recently, stumping for her favorite cause--literacy. The TV cameramen, including one from Korea, probably wouldn't have cared if she had been stumping for better psychiatric care for household pets. Or if she had chosen to state her position in Inuit or some other obscure tongue. After all, causes, however worthy, are not what Miss America is all about.
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May 6, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
In a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine, prominent rockers were asked to name their favorite records of 1989. No. 1 on the list turned in by Cowboy Junkies singer Margo Timmins was "Miss America," the much-heralded but little-heard debut album by Mary Margaret O'Hara, a fellow Toronto native. In fact, the Junkies like O'Hara so much they recorded her album's closing song, "You Will Be Loved Again," as the capper to their own new effort. Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
The San Francisco Giants' Sergio Romo is probably best known for throwing the final pitch that helped the Giants win the 2012 World Series. But the Giants' closer is also earning a reputation for his political activism. At the team's victory parade, Romo sported a blue T-shirt that read “I just look illegal ” -- a cheeky comment on how the debate over immigration reform is all too often reduced to ethnic stereotypes. Now, Romo is reported to be joining forces with the Three Twins Ice Cream company to develop Sergio Romo's Mexican Chocolate.
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September 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's broadcast of the Miss America pageant, which crowned its first-ever winner of Indian heritage and its second consecutive victor from New York, grew significantly in the ratings from last year, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The Sunday night telecast, which ran from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., drew 8.43-million viewers, up 18% from last year for its fourth year of audience growth, and it garnered a rating of 1.9 among advertiser-desired 18-to-49-year-olds,...
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September 16, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The ludicrous thing about the Miss America pageant, which took place in Atlantic City. N.J., Sunday night, is that anyone treats it as meaningful, rather than a retro institution clinging to the corrosive idea that female accomplishment is most palatable when it is packaged in Botox, bleach and bikinis. The Indian American community may take pride that one of their own has become Miss America for the first time, after performing a Bollywood-style dance, also a first, in the talent competition.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Miss America 2014 was crowned Sunday night in Atlantic City, N.J.: She's Nina Davuluri, the first Indian American to take the crown. It was the second year in a row that a young woman from New York was named Miss America. Davuluri, 24, competed in outfits including an animal-print bikini (pardon us, swimsuit ) and a bright yellow evening gown that she described as "the more sexy version" of Belle's dress in "Beauty and the Beast. " In the talent portion of the evening, she delivered a Bollywood-style dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2013 | By Susan King
Lee Meriwether never had any intention of becoming a beauty queen. But thanks to a fraternity at the City College of San Francisco, she became not only Miss San Francisco, but later Miss California and finally Miss America in 1955. Meriwether was a sorority sister and a radio and TV/theater arts major at the college when she learned she'd been nominated to be a contestant in the Miss San Francisco beauty pageant. The nomination had been anonymous; it took Meriwether seven years to learn it was the African American fraternity that had suggested her for the beauty pageant.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Miss America is headed back home.  After a six year stint in Las Vegas, the Miss America Organization announced that it will move its namesake pageant back to Atlantic City, N.J., this September. The pageant also signed a three-year renewal of its TV deal with network partner ABC. Miss America's roots in Atlantic City extend back to 1921, when organizers hoped that an annual beauty pageant could extend the summer vacation season at the seaside resort town for another week into September.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Mallory Hagan, crowned Miss America on Saturday night, is a Brooklyn resident who is studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing in New York. Her goal is to become a cosmetics executive. [New York Times] Stars flocked to Los Angeles for the 2013 Golden Globes on Sunday, showing off new red carpet looks.  Some of the fashion trends noted by Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore included backless dresses, long sleeves and blush, cream and nude tones. [Los Angeles Times]
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
On Friday, this space took NBC to task for going overboard in using its news division to promote entertainment programming and vice versa. So it seems only fair to shine a light on ABC and its efforts to hype its Saturday telecast of the Miss America pageant. Not only did ABC's "Nightline" run a lengthy feature on the pageant during Friday night's edition of "Nightline," but also scheduled for Saturday is a full episode of "20/20" devoted to the event an hour before the broadcast.
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