TRAILER: Downton Abbey, Season 4

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Lance Bass is Engaged to Boyfriend Michael Turchin

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Lance Bass is engaged to be married to boyfriend Michael Turchin.

Wrote the singer on Instagram: “He said YES!! Love this man”

Us Weekly adds:

Dating since December 2011, the couple got engaged in New Orleans after Bass proposed to the aspiring actor and model with a black diamond band. He even texted his future husband’s parents to ask for their permission first.

“They’re such a great couple, everyone is so happy for them,” another source tells Us. “Their friends and family are thrilled.”

Congrats!

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Services Set for Army Sergeant Darren Manzella

Former Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, who died tragically in a car accident on Thursday night, will receive full military honors at his funeral Tuesday. Visiting hours and services have been set for Monday, the Democrat and Chronicle reports:

ManzellaVisiting hours and funeral services have been scheduled for Darren Manzella, a former U.S. Army sergeant who fought against the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The family will welcome visitors from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, Chautauqua County.

Funeral services will begin at 11 am. Tuesday at St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church, 12 Central Ave., in Brocton, Chautauqua County. Burial will take place at Portland Evergreen Cemetery.

Full military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army National Guard in conjunction with the local American Legion post.

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Veteran TV Journalist David Frost Dead at 74

Veteran TV journalist David Frost, who interviewed Nixon following his resignation, has died at 74, the NYT reports:

Frost_nixonHis death, which was announced in a statement by the Frost family to the BBC, was confirmed by a spokesman for Al Jazeera English, where Mr. Frost hosted an interview program. The statement said Mr. Frost died, possibly of a heart attack, while aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was scheduled to give a speech.

Mr. Frost was 74, and according to Richard Brock, his executive producer at Al Jazeera English, had just moved to a home close to Oxford. He also had a home in London.

In a statement published by the BBC, Mr. Frost’s family said that a private funeral would be followed by a memorial service. Details about the memorial will be announced “in due course,” the statement said.

Frost’s interview with Nixon, AFTER THE JUMP

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NEW YORK CITY: Dance Music Festival Canceled After Suspected Drug OD Deaths

Organizers have canceled the final day of the Electric Zoo Festival on Manhattan’s Randall’s Island after two attendees died of suspected drug overdoses yesterday. Four others are in critical condition.

Citing “serious health risks,” the city recommended canceling the event, hours before the third day of the festival, known as the Electric Zoo, was to begin, and the festival’s organizers agreed, the mayor’s office said. The announcement said that both deaths had appeared to involve the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, though the causes of death had not been officially determined. “The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with city officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.

This was the fifth year that the Electric Zoo festival was held over the Labor Day weekend; last year, it drew crowds of more than 100,000 people to Randalls Island, according to the event’s Web site. The festival was to feature more than 125 electronic music acts on five stages this year, including Avicii, David Guetta and Krewella, as well as a series of official after-parties, according to its Web site. The two concertgoers who died were identified as Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y., and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I.

Billboard notes that event organizers had tried to stem drug abuses at their event.

Made Event was known to be one of the most diligent event promoters where attendee safety was concerned. Throughout Electric Zoo’s first two days, messages broadcast over loudspeakers onsite and sent to all attendees via the Electric Zoo smartphone app reminded fans to be safe, often breaching the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy that promoters frequently adopt in regards to drug use. “If you see someone sick or struggling, be a friend to a friend in need,” said one. “Seek out a medical professional at one of our Medical Aid tents marked with a Red Cross.”

Among the big name acts that performed this weekend were Tiesto, David Guetta, and Benny Benassi.

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