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The river that's been in a concrete straight jacket for decades will never run free; that could mean massive flooding.  But the Army Corps of Engineers, which originally paved it, has chosen a plan to restore some habitat for animals, fish and vegetation, without spending too much federal money. Local officials want much more, including expanded recreational opportunities for human beings. We hear about the latest alternatives, including the opportunity for public comment. Also, the joy of victory and the agony of defeat have returned to Dodger Stadium.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, US –Russian diplomacy has ended America's threat of force against Syria — at least for the moment. But it requires Syria's Bashar al-Assad to declare and destroy his chemical weapons faster than that's ever been done before. If he refuses, what are America's options? Is Syria any closer to ending its increasingly brutal civil war?

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Main Topic Restoring the LA River: Is the Latest Plan Big Enough? 17 MIN, 25 SEC

The Los Angeles River runs for 32 miles through the City of LA, in a concrete flood control channel that the Army Corps of Engineers started to build in the 1930's. In recent decades, there's been pressure for restoration. Now the Corps has reduced 152 plans down to four, ranging from $346 million to $1 billion. The Corps is recommending Alternative 13, on the lower cost side, which would restore water flow and habitation on parts of 11 miles of the river. 

James Brasuell, Planetizen (@CasualBrasuell)
Josephine Axt, Army Corps of Engineers
Tim Brick, Arroyo Seco Foundation

Reporter's Notebook What about those Dodgers 7 MIN, 42 SEC

There's an air of excitement at Dodger Stadium that hasn't been there in decades, as the team with the highest payroll in Major League Baseball rolls toward the playoffs. Only, they haven't been rolling lately, and after losing a home series to San Francisco, they're in Phoenix, where they lost to the Diamondbacks last night two to one. That has not dampened the spirits of super-fan Tomás Benitez, development director at Plaza de la Raza and an advisor to the Baseball reliquary, a traveling museum and sports-history group.

Tomas Benitez, Baseball Reliquary

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