Tom Alter diagnosed with cancer

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Tom Alter, a veteran theatre, film and television actor and former sports journalist has been diagnosed with cancer, reported on Monday.

Alter, who is a gold medalist from Film and Television Institute of India in Pune has worked in more than 300 films and several telly shows.

The man interviewed Sachin Tendulkar for the first time for television before he made his debut for India.

He is suffering of a relapse of a squamous cell carcinoma and is undergoing treatment at Saifee Hospital of Mumbai, according to the Times of India.

Alter was a sports journalist from late 1980s to early 1990s. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2008 by the government of India for his contribution to the field of cinema and arts.

Ivy League graduate and dance champion crowned Miss America

ATLANTIC CITY : An Ivy League graduate and national dance champion from North Dakota was crowned Miss America on Sunday, becoming the first contestant from the state to win the nearly 100-year-old contest.

Cara Mund, from Bismarck, North Dakota, a graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island, who has been accepted to Notre Dame’s law school, trained for several summers with the world-famous Rockettes.

Mund, 23, was one of 51 contestants in the pageant, representing the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.

Mund, who adopted the Make-a-Wish foundation which benefits children with life-threatening conditions as her platform for the competition, performed a jazz dance to “The Way You Make Me Feel” for the contest’s talent portion, wearing a double-breasted black mini-dress with a matching fedora-type hat.

In a question-and-answer session, Mund weighed in on the United States’ recent withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, saying she thought it was a “bad decision.”

“Whether you believe it (climate change) or not, we need to be at that table,” she added.

The first runner-up was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, who competed on a platform of diversity.

She was followed by contestants from New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel, District of Columbia, Briana Kinsey and Texas, Margana Wood.

The pageant was broadcast live on ABC from Atlantic City, New Jersey. The contest returned to the seaside gambling resort a few years ago after nearly a decade in Las Vegas. It was dropped by ABC in 2004 following a steep ratings decline, but returned after years on cable.

Judges scored contestants, who ranged from teen-agers to the cut-off age of 24, based on talent, the live question segment, a personal interview and appearances in gowns and swimsuits.

Many of the entrants drew on music or dance for the talent portion.

The winner receives a six-figure salary, expenses for the year and a $50,000 scholarship.