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Rain with a chance of more rain on Tuesday

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Rain, says the National Weather Service, is expected in these parts. Like so many of us, the sky will probably start crying after 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. 

A storm system off the coast will be moving east through the region with the high Tuesday expected to reach 62 degrees, with wind between 5 and 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent and showers will probably call it quits before 10:00 p.m., notes NWS.

A hazardous weather outlook and special weather statement were issued Monday in advance of the non-sunny stint

Strong winds ahead of a cold front may gust more than 60 mph through mountains near San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Additional coastal water wind warnings were also issued.

Light to moderate mountain snow above 6000 feet elevations is possible in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and a period of three to eight hours of moderate rain is expected.

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Amen for architecture: Crystal Cathedral changes holy hands

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At the holy intersection of business, commerce, art and religion lies the landmark Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove's nationally-known Protestant church now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

In a case of dollars over doctrine, escrow closed on the $57.5 million court-ordered sale Friday, following Crystal Cathedral Ministry’s filing for Chapter 11 in 2010 in light of a $60 million debt.

The formal title transfer is complete, but a Catholic congregation will not be relocating to their new real estate right away. Under the terms of the purchase agreement the Crystal Cathedral Ministries -- named for the building that is neither made of crystal nor technically a cathedral -- is allowed to worship for three more years.

The ministry will be "leasing it back from the Diocese for $100,000 per month for the first year, and $150,000 per month for the next two years," explains OC Metro, at which point a few architectural changes are expected to make the property "appropriate for the Catholic liturgy."

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Wilshire Blvd shut down, shooting and standoff near Miracle Mile

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Sky 5 photo of LAPD and shooting suspect at Mansfield and Wilshire near Miracle Mile.

A section of Wilshire Boulevard is shut down near Miracle Mile after a man was shot around 1:45 p.m. Monday at South Orange Drive, LAPD Officer Greg Baek told the L.A. Weekly.

The shooting victim survived and was taken to a local hospital. LAPD radio traffic reportedly indicated that a wounded man was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

News outlet footage depicts a standoff LAPD SWAT members and the suspect. According to reports, Wilshire is closed from Highland Avenue to La Brea.

Reporter David Begnaud has been live tweeting images from the KTLA helicopter circling over Wilshire and Mansfield. 

Updated 4:20 p.m.: The suspect was taken into custody around 3:30 p.m.

Updated 6:12 p.m.: The man is accused of shooting another man in the face, the Associated Press reports.

Los Angeles police Officer Karen Rayner says the suspect, whose name was not released, was taken into custody after an hour-long standoff that brought traffic in the area to a halt.

Rayner tells a local wire service that the shooting was the culmination of a dispute that began on a bus around 1:45 p.m. Monday.

Police found the suspected shooter in front of a BMW dealership a few blocks away. Rayner says officers fired a couple of bean bag rounds at him, but he refused to surrender. Eventually a SWAT team was called in and surrounded the man.

Rayner says the victim is listed in critical but stable condition.

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Miramonte Elementary parents form 'Madres de Miramonte' to confront child abuse scandals

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Attorney Luis Carillo represents several parents of Miramonte Elementary School students in the cases against the district.

This morning marked the first meeting of the “Madres de Miramonte,” a parents group that has formed to confront twin child abuse scandals at the school. Two of the school's teachers were arrested last week for allegedly committing lewd acts against children.

Disgruntled parents have called for Principal Martin Sandoval to respond to the accusations that have rippled through Miramonte. Morning demonstrators protested on the campus, bringing signs and banners and calling Sandoval purposefully evasive.

After this morning’s protest, former state Sen. Martha Escutia rounded up around 60 parents, mostly mothers, and took them to a neighboring house to plan a demonstration for later in the day, when Superintendent John Deasy will speak to parents at a nearby high school.

At the impromptu gathering, some have voiced their anger over Deasy's change in venue. They say physically relocating the meeting to the recently opened school takes away from the issue at hand, and is an attempt to distract from conversation.

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Ninth Circuit announces it will rule on Prop 8 constitutionality tomorrow

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced Monday that it plans to file opinion in the Prop 8 case tomorrow at 10 a.m. 

Announcement from the court:

Advance Notice of Opinion Filing - The Court anticipates filing an opinion tomorrow (Tuesday, February 7) by 10:00 a.m. in Perry v. Brown, case numbers 10-16696 and 11-16577, regarding the constitutionality ofProposition 8 and the denial of a motion to vacate the lower court judgement in the case.  A summary of the opinion prepared by court staff will be posted along with the opinion.

 

A federal district judge ruled in August 2010 that Proposition 8 -- a 2008 ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in California that was approved by voters -- violated the U.S. Constitution.

Tomorrow's three-judge panel decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will determine whether to reverse or uphold the 2010 decision. An appeal to the United States Supreme Court is expected regardless of the outcome.

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