First, Miss Nevada was exposed as an Internet porn queen, then Miss USA herself got spanked for underage drinking. Now Miss New Jersey, aka Ashley Harker, has decided to give up her tiara because she is pregnant by her live-in boyfriend, she tells the Philadelphia Daily News. In her stead, the Turnpike State will be represented in March's Miss USA pageant by runner-up Erin Abrahamson, whose shellacked bangs suddenly seem quaint rather than scandalous.

Tuesday's Today's News column was written by Ben Katner