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Charges dropped in Dodger Stadium beating

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Because both sides in a Dodger Stadium parking-lot postgame fracas were determined to be at fault, Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to press charges on anyone involved.

It was a case of road rage gone extreme, as a simple fender-bender ended up turning into something more violent. Though one of the participants got the worst of it while being held down, his injuries were minor, and with no clear sense of who started the fight, prosecutors decided to move on.

Though the incident ended up with a clean slate on the legal front, it's still a setback for new Dodgers ownership. It's no secret in the Los Angeles area that Dodger Stadium isn't the most family-friendly of venues, as conditions have declined steadily in recent years. True, the Dodger Stadium parking lots are teeming with cops and undercover officers. But some more dramatic changes in the total game-day experience need to be unveiled, and we're waiting to see what Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten -- who both have been surprisingly quiet since taking control of the team -- have to say about game-day ops.

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