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  • In case you haven't heard, there's been a massive fire burning on the backlot of Universal Studios since early this morning. One issue under investigation: If the "deluge pipes" built into the sets after a fire at the studios in the 90s caused the low water pressure that made tackling the blaze particularly difficult today.
  • Police are looking for the gunman who took the life of 17-year-old Polytechnic High football player Jesus "Jesse" Florian, who was shot and killed while attending a party in Sun Valley last night.
  • Another shooting last night, this one in Van Nuys, left one man dead and another wounded. The incident took place on Woodley Street, south of Saticoy.
  • A 29-year-old Covina man was arrested today "on suspicion of planting a fake bomb at a Metrolink station." The package in question was discovered in the parking structure of the station at 599 N. Citrus Friday evening.
  • Fashion icon Yves St. Laurent has died in Paris. The 71-year-old was a favorite designer of many older celebrities.
  • Today's the last day of Book Expo America... LA Now shares some scoop about the books and celebs readers have been mingling with during the three-day long event.
  • It must be getting close to summer, because Grand Performances start tonight downtown. Blogdowntown looks at this year's lineup, and remembers how fun last year was, too.