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After two games in Australia and three in San Diego, the Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants tomorrow on opening day in Chavez Ravine. With the biggest payroll in Major League Baseball, expectations could not be higher. But off the field, it's the Dodgers versus Los Angeles. Also, an ancient landmark is about to re-open in downtown LA, stirring memories of Bugsy Siegel, Charles Manson and Marilyn Monroe.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, this weekends presidential election could determine how much longer US forces remain in Afghanistan. Has Americas longest war paved the way for real democracy? Will violence and voter fraud compromise much-needed legitimacy for a new president?

 
Banner image: Keith Allison

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel

Dodgers Are Back in LA: A Great Team with Image Problems 20 MIN, 21 SEC

Tomorrow, it's "Play Ball" for the first time this season in Chavez Ravine, as the Dodgers start a home stand against the Giants of San Francisco. But there are potential problems with safety, traffic congestion — and angry fans shut out by that exclusive deal with Time-Warner Cable. Are the Dodgers just all about money?

Guests:
Mark Saxon, ESPN Los Angeles (@markasaxon)
Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News (@tomhoffarth)
Ari Bessendorf, Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (@EchoPkElysianNC)
Greg Savelli, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (@MobilityMaven)

More:
Hoffarth on the Dodgers' new SportsNet LA channel
Saxon on MLB Commissioner Selig’s faith in Dodger-Time Warner TV deal

LA's Old Hall of Justice Gets a Facelift 8 MIN, 19 SEC

For two decades, Los Angeles County's historic Hall of Justice has been an empty relic of LA noir. It sits where LA had its gallows during the 19th Century. Now, after a $250 million renovation project, it's about to re-open, and tourists will be able to see the cell where Charles Manson was a prisoner on trial for multiple murders. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez reports on the building's past and future. (We have photos of the building, including Charles Manson's cell on our WWLA blog.)

 

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Pre-dawn view of the Los Angeles Hall of Justice
Photo by Saul Gonzalez

More:
John Buntin's 'LA Noir: The Struggle for America's Most Seductive City'

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