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Miss Universe greeted at home by governor



Published: Tue, September 5, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Miss Universe greetedat home by governor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The reigning Miss Universe made a triumphant return to her native Puerto Rico on Monday, kneeling to kiss a red carpet rolled out at the airport for her first visit to the island since she was crowned in July.

Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza, 18, wearing a short green dress and waving a Puerto Rican flag, was greeted by the governor of the U.S. territory as she stepped off the flight from New York.

She was the fifth Puerto Rican winner in the pageant's 55-year history.

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