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GATE – Everything You Need to Know About It




The full form of GATE is the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. It is an examination to test how comprehensively students have grasped the different engineering and science subjects taught at the undergraduate level. It is usually held in February or March every year.

The responsibility of conducting GATE lies with the National Coordination Board – GATE. It is under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.

On behalf of the Board, the following educational institutes jointly conduct the examination: the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Technology at Bombay (Mumbai), Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras (Chennai) and Roorkee. Each year, one of the institutes takes charge of conducting GATE. Since 2014, it has become fully online.

Why is GATE an Important Exam?

GATE score determines eligibility for financially assisted admission into several post-graduate and doctoral courses in engineering and science subjects. The Ministry of Human Resources Development and other government agencies offer financial assistance in the form of scholarships or fellowships. The courses are Master of Engineering (M.E.), Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Other Benefits of Taking the GATE Exam

Since 2012, several public sectors undertakings have been using GATE scores for recruitment. Graduate engineers can get employment at beginner positions based on their GATE scores. Two universities in Singapore and two technical universities in Germany accept GATE scores for admission into their post-graduate and doctoral programs.

Subjects and Syllabus

A candidate has to choose anyone from a total of 24 disciplines on which GATE is conducted. It is a three-hour examination for a total of 100 marks with 65 questions. Verbal ability, numerical ability, and technical ability in the chosen discipline constitute the syllabus.

Question Pattern

General aptitude in verbal and numerical abilities gets covered in 10 questions. The remaining 55 questions in a GATE examination relate to the selected subject. Questions are of two types: multiple choice and numerical answer type. Wrong answers to multiple-choice questions attract negative marking.

Score Calculation and Qualifying Marks

Since 2014, candidates are allowed to spread the tests in some subjects over multiple sessions. The scores from multiple sessions are then normalized. The score calculation has become quite complicated due to this. However, the minimum qualifying score is 25.

Eligibility for GATE

Only students at fixed academic levels are eligible for GATE. The institute in charge of the year determines other eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria for GATE 2020 will be released by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in September 2019.

Qualifying in GATE does not automatically ensure admission into one’s chosen educational institute. Each institute determines its GATE cut-off marks and other criteria. These vary from year to year and from institute to institute.

Pranab Bhandari is working in one of India's fast-growing news network(ETV Bharat) as a content marketing manager. He has expertise in writing about the arts & entertainment industries of India.


Saints wrap up home slate in style with 11-1 win over Iowa Cubs



Miranda drives in four as Saints rout Indianapolis

It was only appropriate that the St. Paul Saints, known for their zany between-innings entertainment and out-of-the-box approach to having fun at the old ballpark, would end the home portion of their season with a laugher.

Thanks in part to a gift from the visiting Iowa Cubs in the form of 13 walks, the Saints celebrated with an 11-1 victory, putting a bow on their first season as the home of the Twins’ Triple-A team.

“It’s been fun for me, personally,” Saints manager Toby Gardenhire said. “I have a bunch of family in the area. My wife (also from the Twin Cities) gave out 22 tickets today; they’re all sitting up in a suite, which is pretty cool.

“In the past I haven’t really had that, where family and friends can come to the game, unless someone comes to town for a visit. And growing up here, it’s been pretty special that I’ve been able to manage here.”

The Saints finish the season with a 37-28 record at home. They are 28-32 on the road. Their road record took a major hit at the end of August when they lost all six games of a six-game series at Toledo and 10 of 12 on the trip.

It was that trip that also knocked the Saints out of contention in the division.

“That’s pretty good,” Gardenhire said of the home record. “I try not to set any goal numbers-wise. We just play. You never know what is going to happen in Triple-A throughout the season, You lose players, you gain players. But it is nice to know we were able to win a bunch of games at home.”

The Saints improved their record in the Final Stretch to 4-1, keeping them in the hunt for the cash prize that goes to the Triple-A team that has the best record in the 10-game postseason tournament.

Earning that cash prize, believed to be $75,000, won’t be easy for the Saints, as they close the season with five games at division leader Toledo.

On Sunday, the Saints took advantage of five walks and a wild pitch in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Jose Miranda had the only hit in the inning, a two-run single to center.

Two more walks led to two more Saints run in the third. Catcher David Banuelos picked up a pair of RBIs with a double off the right-field wall. The Saints added a run in the fourth, four more in the seventh and one more in the eighth.

Left-hander Andrew Albers allowed only one run in five innings to pick up the win and improve his record to 7-4. The 35-year-old Albers pitched at least five innings in 15 of his 17 starts this season, including the last 15 in a row. He allowed three runs or less in nine of those starts.

“He’s a pro,” Gardenhire said. “Today is a good example of what he’s able to do. He’s been doing it for a while, and he’s good at it.”

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Pine Hills neighborhood holds annual street fair



Pine Hills neighborhood holds annual street fair

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Hundreds came out to the Upper Madison Street Fair on Sunday afternoon. The Upper Madison Street Fair in Albany is held every September. Unfortunately, the fair wasn’t around last year because of COVID. People were excited to see the street fair make a comeback this year.

“I go to the Madison Street Fair a lot, like every year. I like going to support the local businesses,” says fair-goer Mary Coyle. Many came out to support the local vendors. “Local businesses are just handmade, it’s definitely more original than a chain,” says EJ Verhoff.

This year’s fair had a little bit of everything including live music, arts & crafts, local vendors, kids zone and book sales. “We were a little intentional about keeping things a little farther apart to make a little more space for people to walk so people can really feel comfortable and safe here. That’s the only difference here,” says Upper Madison Street Fair organizer Anne Savage.

Anne says this year’s street fair is extra special. “This is really a coming together as a neighborhood, we haven’t been together in about 18 months. We did not have a street fair last year because we were in the heart of the COVID pandemic so it’s a really wonderful time for people to feel together again…This is what people need. A sense of togetherness and community it’s what makes Pine Hills really special.”

The fair gave local restaurants a chance to share their menu favorites. Curry House Inc, an Indian & Pakistani restaurant has been a staple on Madison Ave for 21 years. The Upper Madison Street Fair is something restaurant owner Mohammed Manik looks forward to each year. “Channa Masala everybody likes it, it’s one of our popular dishes. Every year we do it here [and] this year I am really, really busy.”

Every dollar raised from the fair goes back into the community. Anne Savage says it’s all about making improvements and moving the Pine Hills neighborhood forward.

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Travel industry taking another hit as COVID cases rise, airlines warn



Travel industry taking another hit as COVID cases rise, airlines warn

In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a traveler wears a mask and protective goggles as he walks through Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

DALLAS (AP) — Several leading U.S. airlines warned Thursday that the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant is hurting their bookings and further delaying recovery for the travel industry.

American Airlines said a slowdown that started in August has continued into September, and the airline further lowered its outlook for third-quarter revenue.

In another regulatory filing, United Airlines said its flying and revenue are both weaker than previously expected, and it is cutting its schedule for later this year to match the lower demand. United forecast a pretax loss in the third quarter that could extend into the fourth quarter if the virus outbreak continues.

Delta Air Lines said it still expects to post an adjusted pretax profit for the third quarter, but revenue will be toward the lower end of its previous forecast.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the rise in COVID-19 cases won’t derail the travel recovery but will delay it by 90 to 120 days. He said the variant has particularly affected business and international travel, which are both critical to the largest U.S. airlines.

Southwest Airlines reported that leisure travel, too, has weakened, with more cancellations and softer bookings for September and October.

Southwest said, however, that demand over the Labor Day holiday was solid other than cancellations that it attributed to Hurricane Ida’s aftermath, and it said booking patterns for the winter holidays look normal.

Shares of all four airlines fell 1% to 2% minutes after regular trading opened on Thursday.

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Cabbage Patch Kids, garden-variety sand lead Toy Hall of Fame finalists



Cabbage Patch Kids, garden-variety sand lead Toy Hall of Fame finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Cabbage Patch Kids, the rosy-cheeked dolls that left store shelves picked clean during the first big holiday toy craze, are up for a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame, part of a finalist group announced Wednesday that also includes garden-variety sand and the toy fire engine.

Also among the finalists being considered for a November induction are five competitive games: Battleship, Risk, The Settlers of Catan, Mahjong, and billiards, as well as the piñata, American Girl Dolls, Masters of the Universe, and Fisher-Price Corn Popper.

The 2021 finalists were pulled from the thousands of nominations the National Toy Hall of Fame receives each year. Anyone can nominate a toy and a panel of experts, along with input from the public, votes in the three to be inducted. The 74 previous honorees have run the gamut from the simplest cardboard box and stick to the groundbreaking Atari 2600 Game System and universally known Checkers, Crayola crayons, and marbles.

To be inducted, toys must have withstood tests of time and memory, changed play or toy design, and fostered learning, creativity or discovery.

All of the 2021 finalists have “greatly influenced the world of play,” said Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at the hall, which is located inside The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

“These 12 toys represent the wide scope of playthings—from one of the most universal playthings in the world like sand to a game-changing board game like Risk to the popular adult game of billiards,” Bensch said.

Fans are invited to vote for their favorites as part of a “Player’s Choice” ballot that closes on Sept. 22.

The three toys that receive the most public votes will be submitted as one ballot to be counted with the 22 other top-three ballots submitted by the National Selection Advisory Committee, effectively making the public one member of the committee.

The winners will be inducted on Nov. 4.

About this year’s nominees:

– American Girl Dolls: Created in 1986 by educator and newscaster Pleasant Rowland, each doll comes with a narrative that reflects an era of American history.

– Battleship: Originally played with paper and pencil, Milton Bradley’s 1967 plastic adaptation popularized the two-person strategy game. It was among the first board games to be computerized in 1979.

– Billiards: Commonly known as pool in the United States, the game evolved from earlier European outdoor games and became popular in the 1800s.

– Cabbage Patch Kids: The dolls, each unique, were launched in 1979. Complete with adoption papers, they were the must-have holiday toy of 1983, paving the way for Tickle Me Elmo, Beanie Babies, and Furby that followed.

– Fisher-Price Corn Popper: Introduced in 1957, the push-toy got toddlers walking, mesmerized by bright flying balls and the popping sound.

– Mahjong: The gambling card game that originated in China became popular in the United States in the 1920s.

– Masters of the Universe: He-Man, She-Ra, and the line’s other action figures became popular through Mattel’s use of comic books and television, including the cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, from 1983 to 1985.

– Piñata: The treat-filled paper mache object is commonly associated with Mexican culture but may date back to early 13th-century China.

– Risk: The strategy board game first published in the United States in 1959 challenges players to control armies and conquer the world.

– Sand: The substance is perhaps the most universal and oldest toy in the world, according to the National Toy Hall of Fame.

– The Settlers of Catan: The cooperative board game now called “Catan” was first published in Germany. Players representing settlers establish a settlement on an island by spending resources, which are earned through trade and rolls of the dice.

– Toy fire engine: Materials, design and technology have evolved but the appeal has remained.

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Rolling Stones open American tour in St. Louis, pay tribute to late drummer Charlie Watts



Rolling Stones open American tour in St. Louis, pay tribute to late drummer Charlie Watts

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Rolling Stones are touring again, this time without their heartbeat, or at least their backbeat.

The legendary rockers launched their pandemic-delayed “No Filter” tour Sunday at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis without their drummer of nearly six decades. It was clear from the outset just how much the band members — and the fans — missed Charlie Watts, who died last month at age 80. Except for a private show in Massachusetts last week, the St. Louis concert was their first since Watts’ death.

The show opened with an empty stage and only a drumbeat, with photos of Watts flashing on the video board. After the second song, a rousing rendition of “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It),” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood came to the front of the stage. Jagger and Richards clasped hands as they thanked fans for the outpouring of support and love for Watts. Jagger acknowledged it was emotional seeing the photos of Watts.

“This is our first-ever tour we’ve ever done without him,” Jagger said. “We’ll miss Charlie so much, on and off the stage.”

The band then dedicated “Tumbling Dice” to Watts.

The tour had been scheduled for 2020 before the coronavirus virtually shut down the touring industry. Signs of the pandemic were everywhere at the show in Missouri, a state hit hard by the virus’s delta variant.

The tens of thousands of fans wore masks as required by St. Louis’ anti-virus protocol. The Stones themselves appeared in a public service announcement urging anyone with symptoms to stay home. A vaccination site was set up at the dome, with plans for similar sites at each tour stop.

The concert itself featured the same driving beat personified by Watts, thanks to his replacement, Steve Jordan. The drummer may be new to fans but he’s hardly new to the Stones — Jordan has performed for years with Richards’ side project, X-Pensive Winos, along with many other leading acts.

Still, die-hard fans couldn’t help but miss Watts, widely considered one of rock’s greatest drummers, even though his real love was jazz. He joined Jagger and Richards in the Rolling Stones in 1963. Wood joined in 1975.

For Laura Jezewski, 62, of Omaha, Nebraska, seeing the Stones without Watts was bittersweet.

“It’s really sad,” she said. “He’s the first of the old Stones to pass away.”

The show featured the band’s long litany of hits. Jagger hardly looked like a 78-year-old man, strutting around the stage like a man half — or one-third of his age; a constant whirl of motion. His vocals, and the guitar work of Wood and Richards, sounded as good as ever.

After St. Louis, the tour will include stops in Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Nashville, Tennessee; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Tampa, Florida; Dallas; Atlanta; Detroit; and ending in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 20. The band also added new dates in Los Angeles on Oct. 14 and Oct. 17, and a concert in Las Vegas on Nov. 6.

Jezewski and her 60-year-old husband, Brad, brought their 30-year-old daughter, Sarah, to St. Louis for the concert. It was Sarah’s first chance to see the Rolling Stones. Her mom and dad have seen them in various places — Ames, Iowa; Boulder, Colorado; Denver; even Wichita, Kansas — dating back to the 1970s.

With the surviving band members well into their 70s, the Jezewskis didn’t want to miss this chance.

“If it is their last time — we’re here,” Brad Jezewski said. “And if there’s another tour, we’ll be there, too.”

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press

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With moratorium over, St. Louis sheriff now free to carry out evictions



With moratorium over, St. Louis sheriff now free to carry out evictions

ST. LOUIS – The You Paid For It Team is speaking with St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts, who has resumed evictions following the lifting of the eviction moratorium.

At present, there is a backlog of about 130 eviction cases in St. Louis.

Sheriff Betts says he’s not fielding extra crews at the moment and will just use the current two-person crew to handle the job.

Betts says landlords must go to circuit court and get a judge’s order for eviction. Once a person is notified by the sheriff, they have three days to vacate the residence.

Betts thought there would be a lot more evictions but that can still happen.

Meanwhile, there are still resources in the city to help struggling families pay their rent. A spokesperson for Mayor Tishaura Jones says people can call 2-1-1 to get more information on the city’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

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Downtown crime tempers excitement for some fans attending Rolling Stones concert



Downtown crime tempers excitement for some fans attending Rolling Stones concert

ST. LOUIS – The Rolling Stones hit the stage inside The Dome at America’s Center on Sunday evening, more than a year after the show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the coronavirus is not the only concern for people traveling downtown, as crime has many cautious about coming to the area.

St. Louis was lucky enough to be chosen as the first stop for The Rolling Stones on their long-awaited No Filter Tour. With over 66,000 people traveling from near and far to attend the concert, safety is a main priority.

Last weekend alone, St. Louis had over 20 shootings, including 8 homicides. Many fans found other means of transportation to the show due to reported carjackings, break-ins, and robberies in the area.  

Because of the massive crowds, there was an increased police and security presence to ensure everyone is safe and enjoying this historical moment for all rock ‘n roll fans.

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Young Cardinals fan donates allowance to Adam Wainwright’s charity



Wainwright reaches 2,000 strike-out milestone

ST. LOUIS – Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was in Chicago this weekend to support his teammates as they continued their winning ways against the Cubs.

Hours after the Cardinals clinched their 16th consecutive win, Wainwright shared a story on his Twitter feed about a young fan who melted his heart.

Wainwright describes meeting Emery and her mother in both Milwaukee and Chicago. Emery gave Wainwright a letter on Sunday, saying she was happy to meet him and congratulated him on his 2,000th strikeout.

Emery’s letter, which she handed to Waino just before Harrison Bader clocked a home run in the top of the eighth inning, also included a plastic bag filled with dollars and coins. It was her allowance money. She gave it to Wainwright for his charity, Big League Impact.

“I hope it will help you help more people,” Emery wrote.

She also gave Wainwright her own autograph, “if I ever get famous.”

Wainwright joked Emery may be a good luck charm for the team and thinks she may have to come to some October games if and when the Cardinals make the playoffs.

Big League Impact is a nonprofit with goals of making clean water accessible, reducing hunger, and ending poverty. The organization has raised more than $5.8 million since its inception in 2013.

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FA-18 fighter plane in Forest Park to receive overdue maintenance and cleaning



FA-18 fighter plane in Forest Park to receive overdue maintenance and cleaning

ST. LOUIS – A piece of aviation history in Forest Park will get a touch-up early this week. The COVID pandemic disrupted the plane’s routine maintenance last year.

A piece of aviation history in Forest Park will get a touch-up early this week. The COVID pandemic disrupted the plane’s routine maintenance last year.

“This is an important display and we want it looking good and we want to make a good impression for St. Louis and all visitors,” said Diane Earhart, a member of the Greater St. Louis Ninety-Nines and spokesperson for Big River Aviation.

Earhart is referring to is the retired FA-18 fighter plane that has called Forest Park home for more than a decade. 

“The airplane is traditionally cleaned and restored. Any touch-up (or) repainting is taken care of,” Earhart said.

The National Naval Aviation Museum permanently loaned the fighter plane to the St. Louis Science Center in 2010.  

On Tuesday, volunteers will begin sprucing up this piece of aviation history.  

“Being on permanent display, obviously, it’s subject to all kinds of weather in St. Louis,” Earhart said. “From 0 degree to 100 degrees and all of the elements, it just needs some tender love and care.” 

Earhart said the work is usually done by the owner of Big River Aviation and the labor fee paid by the St. Louis Science Center is donated to a local charity.  

“This year, the charitable organization is the Ninety-Nines; and they’re going to use the donation for the Adela Scharr Scholarship Fund,” Earhart said.

Adela Scharr was a pioneer for women in the aviation industry.  

“She was a public school teacher for many years,” Earhart said. “She was also the first commercial pilot and first ground and flight instructor at Lambert Airport and one of the first members of the Ninety-Nines and what is now the Greater St. Louis Ninety-Nines.” 

More than a dozen volunteers will give the FA-18 the attention it didn’t get last year because of the pandemic.   

“It’ll be scrubbed down really well and get all the dirt and everything off of it,” Earhart said. “We’re going to make her shine.”

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“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” sashays home with 10 Tony Awards



“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” sashays home with 10 Tony Awards

NEW YORK — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to welcoming audiences again.

The show about the goings-on in a turn-of-the-century Parisian nightclub, updated with tunes like “Single Ladies” and “Firework” alongside the big hit “Lady Marmalade,” won 10 Tonys. The record is 12, won by “The Producers.”

Producer Carmen Pavlovic said after what Broadway has been through the last 18 months it felt strange to be considered the best. She dedicated the award to every show that closed, opened, nearly opened or was fortunate to be reborn.

“The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez was named the best new play, and Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” won best play revival.

Lopez’s two-part, seven-hour epic uses “Howards End” as a starting point for a play that looks at gay life in the early 21st century. It also yielded wins for Andrew Burnap as best actor in a play, Stephen Daldry as best director, and Lois Smith as best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play.

Thomas Kirdahy, a producer, dedicated the award to his late husband, the playwright Terrence McNally. Lopez, the first Latin writer to win in the category, urged more plays to be produced from the Latin community. “We have so many stories inside us aching to come out. Let us tell you our stories,” he said.

The pandemic-delayed telecast kicked off with an energetic performance of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from original Broadway cast members of “Hairspray!” Jennifer Holliday also took the stage to deliver an unforgettable rendition of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from the musical “Dreamgirls.”

The singers performed for a masked and appreciative audience at a packed Winter Garden Theatre. Host Audra McDonald got a standing ovation when she took the stage. “You can’t stop the beat. The heart of New York City!” she said.

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” won for scenic design, costume, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and a featured acting Tony for Broadway favorite Danny Burstein. Sonya Tayeh won for choreography on her Broadway debut, and Alex Timbers won the trophy for best direction of a musical.

In a surprise to no one, Aaron Tveit won the award for best leading actor in a musical for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” That’s because he was the only person nominated in the category. He thanked a long list of people, including his parents, brother, agents, manager and the cast and crew. “We are so privileged to get to do this,” he said, tearing up. “Because what we do changes peoples’ lives.”

Burstein, who won for featured actor in a musical and had not won six previous times, thanked the Broadway community for supporting him after the death last year of his wife, Rebecca Luker. “You were there for us, whether you just sent a note or sent your love, sent your prayers — sent bagels — it meant the world to us, and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

David Alan Grier won featured actor in a play for his role in “A Soldier’s Play,” which dissects entrenched Black-white racism as well as internal divisions in the Black military community during World War II. “To my other nominees: Tough bananas, I won,” he said. On stage, the director Kenny Leon recited the names Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, killed by police. “We will never, ever forget you.”

Adrienne Warren won the Tony for best leading actress in a musical for her electric turn as Tina Turner in “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.” Warren was considered the front-runner for the award thanks to becoming a one-woman fireball of energy and exhilaration. She dedicated the win to three family members she lost while playing Turner — and thanked Turner herself.

Mary-Louise Parker won her second best lead actress Tony Award, winning for playing a Yale professor who treasures great literature but has made no room in her life for someone to share that love with in “The Sound Inside.” She thanked her dog, whom she was walking in the rain when she bumped into Mandy Greenfield from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, who told her about the play.

Burnap made his Broadway debut in “The Inheritance.” He thanked his mom, and the University of Rhode Island and joked that he felt grateful because “I got to act for seven hours.”

The sobering musical “Jagged Little Pill,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to tell a story of an American family spiraling out of control, came into the night with a leading 15 Tony nominations. It won for best book, and Lauren Patten won the award for best featured actress in a musical.

“A Christmas Carol” cleaned up with five technical awards: scenic design of a play, costumes, lighting, sound design and score. No one from the production was on hand to accept any of the awards.

Members of Broadway’s royalty — Norm Lewis, Kelli O’Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell — mourned the list of those who have died, which included icons like McNally, Harold Prince and Larry Kramer.

“Slave Play,” Jeremy O. Harris’ ground-breaking, bracing work that mixes race, sex, taboo desires and class, earned a dozen nominations, making it the most nominated play in Tony history. But it won nothing.

Sunday’s show was expanded from its typical three hours to four, with McDonald handing out Tonys for the first two hours and Leslie Odom Jr. hosting a “Broadway’s Back!” celebration for the second half with performances from the three top musicals.

The live special also included David Byrne and the cast of “American Utopia” playing “Burning Down the House” to a standing and clapping crowd. Byrne told them they might not remember how to dance after so long but they were welcome to try.

John Legend and the cast of “Ain’t Too Proud” performed “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and Josh Groban and Odom Jr. sang “Beautiful City” from “Godspell,” dedicating it to educators. And Ben Platt and Anika Noni Rose sang “Move On” from “Sunday in the Park with George.”

This season’s nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals from the 2019-2020 season, a fraction of the 34 shows the previous season. During most years, there are 26 competitive categories. This year there are 25 with several depleted ones.

The last Tony Awards ceremony was held in 2019. The virus forced Broadway theaters to abruptly close on March 12, 2020, knocking out all shows and scrambling the spring season. Several have restarted, including the so-called big three of “Wicked,” “Hamilton” and “The Lion King.”

AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.

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