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It took baseball savvy, big money and Magic Johnson to buy the Dodgers for $2 billion  -- a record for any sports franchise. Despite his dismal reputation with Dodger fans, Frank McCourt will make out like a bandit. Will the new owners have enough left to re-build the team into a World Series contender? Also, experts say there's "a large risk of tube failure" in San Onofre's nuclear power plant. We find out what that means, how SoCal Edison allegedly misled the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and how long the NRC wants both reactors to stay shut down. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Arab League goes back to Baghdad.

Banner image: Former Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin 'Magic' Johnson is leading the group that has just purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Producers:
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg
Sonya Geis

Making News There's a New Kind of Magic in Chavez Ravine 13 MIN, 7 SEC

Frank McCourt isn't going away completely, but Dodger fans are basking in his sale of the franchise to "basketball legend" Magic Johnson, along with a baseball veteran and financiers who came up with $2 billion.

Guests:
Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College
Susan Russell, All Saints Church (@revsusanrussell)

National Pastime

Andrew Zimbalist and Stefan Szymanski

Main Topic San Onofre Nuclear Plant to Remain Closed Pending Investigation 15 MIN, 8 SEC

In January, at the nuclear plant on the coast near San Onofre, a tube carrying radioactive water sprung a leak and Southern California Edison shut down one of two massive reactors. It found that other tubes were in danger of rupturing. There are 20,000 tubes altogether. Some were replaced and others added during a multimillion-dollar makeover and installation of new generators to boost production of electricity. But SoCal Edison apparently failed to tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that a new material was being used. That would have triggered an investigation. Instead, the NRC has ordered the shut down of both massive reactors indefinitely. KCRW sent Steve Chiotakis and Avishay Artsy to talk with people (Julie Cho, John Grace, Phaedra Lujano and Jesse Alder) in San Clemente, the plant's closest neighbor. Are they worried? Last night, the City Council of Irvine, downwind of San Onofre, voted to ask that the plant be shut down permanently.

Note: The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) and NRC both declined our invitation to participate in this discussion.

Guests:
Gary Headrick, San Clemente Green (@SCGreenGH)
Damon Moglen, Friends of the Earth (@foe_us)

Main Topic The Arab League, Iraq and Stopping Violence in Syria 24 MIN, 44 SEC

The Arab League, Iraq and Stopping Violence in Syria This week's Arab League Summit may not be a summit at all without a major figure from Saudi Arabia, and the League may not reach consensus on Syria, its most troubling issue. But it's a big moment for Baghdad, the first such meeting it's hosted since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait more than 20 years ago. Is the League more important in the aftermath of the so-called "Arab Spring?" Can it reach a consensus on how to prevent more civilian bloodshed in Syria?

Guests:
Richard Murphy, Middle East Institute
Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)
Fouad Ajami, Stanford University
Marc Lynch, George Washington University (@abuaardvark)

The Foreigner's Gift

Fouad Ajami

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