Miss Chile Cristina Garcia performs during the Playboy TV Latin America and Iberia 2005 beauty contest.
Sara Jean Underwood, Playboy's Playmate of the Year for 2007, poses at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. "I thought I was going to puke," she told The Associated Press. "I thought I was going to faint. I thought I was going to cry. It was every emotion you can imagine one would feel when given such an honor."
Miss Mexico Patricia Garcia performs during the Playboy TV Latin America and Iberia 2005 beauty contest.
Miss Spain Blanca Llorca performs during the Playboy TV Latin America and Iberia 2005 beauty contest. She eventually became the runner up in the contest.
Miss Portugal Liliana Queiros performs during the Playboy TV Latin America and Iberia 2005 beauty contest. It was she who finally walked away with the laurels.
Anna Nicole Smith poses as she is photographed for Playboy Magazine. Smith, the former Playboy playmate whose bizarre life careened from marrying an octogenarian billionaire to the untimely death of her son, died after collapsing at a South Florida hotel. Her death spurred a high-profile legal battle over the custody of her daughter Dannielynn.
Bridget Marquardt, seated right foreground, one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends featured on the E! network reality show "The Girls Next Door, " evaluates Amy Leigh, left, during a call-back casting call on the "Playboy Morning Show" program on Sirius Satelitte Radio in New York.
An aspiring Playmate poses for a Playboy magazine photographer during a casting session at the Playboy Mansion.
Miss Argentina Aracelis Bochio performs during the Playboy TV Latin America and Iberia 2005 beauty contest.
2009 Pulitzer Prizes: Journalism
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lvrj EDITORIAL: Award winner
The most prestigious awards in print journalism were announced Monday, and for just the second time a Nevada broadsheet was among the recipients.
The Las Vegas Sun was named the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for public service.
The Sun, which functions under a joint operating agreement with this newspaper, appears each day as an independent section delivered inside the Review-Journal. It was honored by the Pulitzer board for its stories last year on Strip construction deaths.
Some nine workers were killed on the Strip over a 16-month span as construction went forward on a number of projects, including CityCenter. The stories reported that the rush to build and the conditions on certain work sites led to potentially fatal safety lapses.
The judges cited the "outstanding reporting" of Alexandra Berzon, but it takes more than one person to win an award of this magnitude. No doubt a handful of Sun editors and perhaps a few other reporters and copy editors contributed to the cause.
We'd be remiss not to acknowledge that the Sun and Review-Journal have engaged in a fierce rivalry for decades, and it isn't unusual for the passions fueled by such competition to sometimes overflow onto the commentary and editorial pages of both newspapers.
But for one day, at least, we'll put all that aside and applaud this remarkable accomplishment. This award, along with a previous Pulitzer won by the Reno Gazette-Journal for editorial writing, represents a milestone in the history of Nevada newspapers. It will help improve the long-term quality of daily journalism in Las Vegas, something that will benefit this community and both publications alike.
Congratulations, Ms. Berzon. Congratulations, Las Vegas Sun. A Pulitzer is quite an achievement.