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Miss Barstow

Miss Barstow

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Miss Barstow: it may not have the ring of "Miss America" or come with all the scholarship money, but to a number of girls in the California desert town, it's a title worth fighting for. And sometimes the fight can get out of hand. The winner of last year's pageant had to give up her throne after she was arrested for a rather dubious crime: writing "not nice" on another girls car with chalk. Commentator John Ridley couldn't resist such a hotbed of crime and decided to go to this year's competition to see what it's all about.