| Jun 28, 2014
| 3:24 PM
The former Miss Florida who lost her crown this week amid a tabulating error writes in a newly released blog that the title does not define her.
Elizabeth Fechtel, a 20-year-old University of Florida student who lives in Leesburg, wrote she was...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 4:30 PM
A beauty contest winner, stripped of her crown as Miss Delaware due to age, said on Friday she had done nothing wrong and wants to be allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant even though she will turn 25 this year.
Amanda Longacre said she learned...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:32 PM
At least Amanda Longrace, who was stripped of her Miss Delaware title because she is three months too old, got to keep her scholarship.
But her crown, a contract for numerous appearances and the chance to compete in the Miss America competition are gone...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 3:29 PM
LEESBURG — Spending time at mom and dad's house during her summer break from UF is the most perfect setting for Elizabeth Fechtel as she prepares for the next year in the spotlight and all that comes with being Miss Florida.
| Jun 27, 2014
| 6:27 AM
Amanda Longacre will turn 25 in October -- and it will likely be a bittersweet birthday.
The former Miss Delaware was stripped of her crown by the Miss America Organization for being too old, USA Today reports.
Longacre, 24, won the title June 14,...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 12:27 PM
Aspiring professional opera singer Marisa Buchheit of Chicago was crowned the new Miss Illinois over the weekend.
The 24-year-old Wicker Park resident who won Saturday’s competition will go on to represent the state in the Miss America pageant...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 1:37 PM
Actor and screenwriter Gary Conway of “Land of the Giants” fame has listed his home in the land of the Westside for sale at $2.95 million.
Found in Brentwood, the French farmhouse-style residence, built in 1977, borrows heavily from European...
| May 17, 2014
| 8:00 AM
When Joe Wilder was traveling with a band in 1949 and playing trumpet at a club in Chicago, his solos were disrupted by college kids shouting racial slurs.
In his low-key style, the dapper Wilder put them in their place: "I know you probably don't...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM
| May 12, 2014
| 8:05 AM
The most powerful weapon that debaters wield against the unwary is causation: marijuana use leads to heroin addiction, pornography to rape, video games to mass murder, high consumption of margarine to divorces in Maine.
Whoops. The first three of...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 4:32 PM
The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay happened Saturday night. To translate: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, which has been held annually at McCormick Place since 2011 and last year drew more than 50,000 Darth Vaders, Dr. Whos and Spider-Men...
| May 20, 2014
| 9:13 AM
Kayla Foriere is a freshly minted graduate of Rollins College with a degree in economics.
But over the past few months — in between classes, sorority events and a part-time job — she's been doing some work on the side: preparing for the...