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Dodger Stadium was sold out on this 50th anniversary of opening day in Chavez Ravine.  Magic Johnson was not there, but the LAPD was out in force. We get a look back from a fan, who saw the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the World Series of 1963. Also, LA County's ban on plastic bags survived in a lower court, but bag-maker Hilex-Poly plans an appeal. It claims the County's 10¢ fee for a paper bag is an illegal tax. (And, where does that 10¢ go, anyway?)  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is "academic freedom" a disguise for religion?

Banner image: (L) Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley reacts after his sister Terry Seidler throws out the ceremonial first pitch to former Dodgers player and manager Tommy Lasorda on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on April 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. On April 10, 1962, at Dodger Stadium Peter and Terry's mother Kay threw out the ceremonial first pitch in the stadium her husband Walter built. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Main Topic Looking Back as Dodger Stadium Celebrates Its Jubilee 11 MIN, 1 SEC

The Dodgers played the Pittsburgh Pirates on this 50th Opening Day in Chavez Ravine.  The Stadium was sold out, but the biggest single crowd may have been from the LAPD, which was present on bikes, undercover, and scouting in uniform for drunken tailgaters in the parking lots. Nobody's forgotten last year's opening game, when Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten so badly he suffered brain damage. Two suspects have pleaded not guilty to mayhem, assault and battery. Die-hard Dodger fan Tomás Benitez went to the World Series against the Yankees in 1963.  He's now development director at Plaza de la Raza and an advisor to the Baseball Reliquary, a traveling sports museum.

Tomas Benitez, Baseball Reliquary

Reporter's Notebook Is It LA's Turn to Get Tough on Plastic Bags? 7 MIN, 50 SEC

Los Angeles County has banned plastic bags, and stores are required to charge customers 10¢ for every paper bag. KCRW producer Saul Gonzalez is covering an issue important to every shopper in the County and some of its 88 cities.

Saul Gonzalez, Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' (@SaulKCRW)

Main Topic Academic Freedom versus Science 33 MIN, 43 SEC

Academic Freedom versus ScienceTennessee's Republican legislature has enacted a new law allowing teachers to question the science of Evolution.  The legislation protects teachers from helping students "review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories" including… "evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning." It will become law unless Governor Bill Haslam vetoes it today, which he's not likely to do. Is it back to the Scopes trial of 1925?  Why is challenging Global Warming also protected?

Photo: Clarence Darrow (L) and William Jennings Bryan (R) during the Scopes Trial in 1925

David Fowler, Family Action Council of Tennessee
Larisa DeSantis, Vanderbilt University
Edward Larson, Pepperdine University School of Law
Josh Rosenau, National Center for Science Education (@JoshRosenau)
Casey Luskin, Discovery Institute

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Edward J. Larson

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