IN BRIEF

Searching for Bigfoot

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio Scientists are trying to pin down Bigfoot by the hair of his chinny-chin-chin.

Ohio State University researchers are using DNA analysis on a few tufts of hair found in a Pacific Northwest forest where three men, including two former forest rangers, spotted a group of ''Bigfoots'' about 100 feet away in the dark.

''I don't expect anything to happen because I'm pretty skeptical about this. But good science requires some wild-goose chases from time to time,'' Frank Poirier, chairman of the Ohio State's Department of Anthropology.

The analysis should determine if the hair came from a human or another known primate.

No Bigfoot has ever been killed or captured, and no carcass or bones have ever been found.

The Magic of movies

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES Magic Johnson's movie house is casting its spell on audiences.

Four months after it opened in Los Angeles' riot-torn Crenshaw section, the 12-screen Magic Theatres has become one of the most successful complexes in the country.

Of 21,000 screens surveyed nationwide, Magic Theatres had the second-best engagements of ''Dead Presidents'' on the weekends of Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15, said Entertainment Data Inc. Vice President Dan Marks.

Sunrise Multiplex in Valley Stream, N.Y., and Ford City in Chicago were first, respectively, on those weekends.

Magic Theatres has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 earners among Sony Theatres' 150 facilities, said spokesman Mark Pasucci. Sony Theatres is Johnson's partner in the $11 million venture.

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