541ca6dbe5cb0Los Angeles city officials said today they denied an application to put a giant water slide in downtown Los Angeles due to concerns water would be wasted amid a drought.

The Slide the City event was set for Sept. 28. It would have allowed participants who purchased tickets to splash down a three-block slip-and-slide along Temple Street, between Los Angeles Street and Broadway.

The city denied the application after the Department of Water and Power expressed concerns that the event was “not consistent with the seriousness of the statewide drought,” Public Works spokesman Paul Gomez said.

The event organizers proposed reclaiming water from the event for irrigation use at Griffith Park, but Recreation and Parks officials were concerned there would be chlorine in the water, Gomez said.

Announcement of the event earlier this summer prompted petitions to be circulated telling the city not to approve the event because of the drought.

The organizers, Slide the City LLC, put out an email saying their event has been postponed.

“After tireless working with the city over the past two months, we received word that our permit is being denied,” it said. The statement goes on to apologize to those who bought tickets to the sold-out event. They offered a refund, but said ticket holders would have a “secure” place at a future event.

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44546_600Ariana Grande, plagued by rumors of a bad attitude, has become such a diva that even her life coach couldn’t handle it, says a source. We’re told that the 21-year-old rising pop star’s life coach, who was in charge of keeping her centered and healthy, walked off the job months ago because he just couldn’t handle her attitude.

“He just couldn’t take it anymore,” says the insider. “Everything people are saying about her is true.” Grande, the former Nickelodeon star whose breakout hits include the blockbuster “Bang Bang,” and “Problem,” has been battling rumors of bad behavior including allegedly stepping into an elevator after being swarmed by loving fans and exclaiming, “I hope they all [bleeping] die.”

She’s also been accused of being difficult to work with and making diva demands. The source confirms, “She’ll only be photographed from the left side, in a certain light. She’s rude to her fans. She was so obsessed with her hair that she had it dyed every three days, and the big pony tail is fake.” Continuing, “She acts like a child and constantly needs people to coddle her.”

Grande addressed reports of her diva behavior on Twitter this week. A source close to Grande’s camp tell us that her aide was actually a choreographer, not a life coach, and that he was fired unceremoniously. “It is nothing but a spiteful former employee that has been telling rumors around town for the last several months,” says the source.

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04_SM-G850F_012_whiteSamsung’s new mid-range phone to cost $612.99 off contract

We still have a month or so before Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will be available on U.S. wireless carrier networks, but the new Galaxy Alpha will launch this week for customers that don’t won’t a big ‘ol phablet to carry around.

AT&T just announced this morning that the Galaxy Alpha will be available to purchase starting this Friday (September 26). The smartphone will cost $612.99 without a contract, or $199.99 with a new, two-year contract. You can also choose from the NEXT 18 installment plan ($25.55/month) or the NEXT 12 installment plan ($30.65/month).

AT&T says that it will also give new customers (or existing customers that add a new line) a $100 statement credit with the purchase of a new smartphone on NEXT.

The Galaxy Alpha comes with a 4.7” 720p display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, and 32GB of internal storage (unfortunately, there is no microSD slot for added expansion). Other features include an 1860 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, 12MP rear-facing and 2.1MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 802.11ac wireless, and NFC support. – See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/47+Samsung+Galaxy+Alpha+to+Grace+ATTs+Network+Sept+26+for+199+on+Contract/article36584.htm#sthash.erCYZUhn.dpuf

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