Nancy O'Dell

N.C.'s Cooley takes crown

Front foot at 3 o'clock, back foot at 12. Shoulders back, chest out, hips under. Smile! Fifty-one beauties struck the classic pageant pose when Miss USA 2005 aired live on NBC last night from the Hippodrome and Miss North Carolina USA, Chelsea Cooley, a 21-year-old from Charlotte, was crowned. And in the background, the city of Baltimore - and the state of Maryland - didn't look so bad either, particularly to tourism officials who estimated the 12 or so minutes of pre-filmed footage of the contestants traipsing about was worth about $4 million in national publicity. "The city just bloomed," said John Fairbank, both a proud native (of Baltimore) and a proud father (of...