Date: September 7, 2005

When officials at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., voted unanimously on Aug. 25 to allow the Miss America pageant to leave its home of more than 60 years, they were not overly concerned with how it would affect them.

The venue first hosted the beauty competition in 1933 and has been the permanent home of the pageant since 1946. So venue management was surprised when pageant officials told city officials that they wanted to move the contest after losi...

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