Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
To ugh Guys’: Good Music is High Point
Did Anti-Matter' Blast Siberia?
Three Tough Guys with Isaac Hayes and Fred Williamson. A Din o Di laurentiis production released by Paramount Pictures. At the Paramount theater.
Hollywood rating: PG — parental guidance suggested.
By Doc Halliday
“Three Tough Guys” gives us some rather good music by Isaac Hayes, some fetching shots of the Chicago skyline and very little else.
Producer Dino Di Laurentiis took the ever popular black exploitation flick and blazed a new trail by throwing in an Italian-American priest The result could be called the “Spaghetto Movie”.
It starts as the priest (Lino Ventura) begins looking into the murder of one of his parishioners, an insurance investigator who was probing a million-dollar bank robbery, (iood Father When the good father isn t roughing up his young parishioners for using drugs he is slapping his assistant around for drinking on the job He may seem to be the type of priest who would drive millions into the arms of Buddhism, but his heart is in the right place He soon meets Lee Stevens
(Isaac Hayes) who is also investigating the robbery. Together the two go through a bewildering maze of circumstances until they finally find out who was behind the robbery. Then, they go after Brother Snake (Fred Williamson) who is the tough guy who ended up with the money.
All this nonsense, which is meant to pass for plot, is punctuated by a seemingly endless string of fist fights and gun battles. The audience is spared the obligatory chase scene, however, perhaps due to the fuel shortage.
Good From Bad
Years ago, it was simple to tell the good guys from the bad guys in movies: The good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black hats. One must look closer today. Both good guys and bad guys beat up women but the good guys do it only because the women deserve it and their beatings don’t leave bruises.
Fred Williamson gives the movie's best performance which may give you an idea about how bad the rest of the acting is. Ventura’s performance consists mainly of making faces like an Italian patriarch. Hayes probably would have come out better if he had sung his lines.
By Frank Carey
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Canadian physicist has theorized that the Soviet Union was struck in 1908 by a socalled ‘Mugmon Bomb” made up of particles of anti-matter traveling faster than the speed of light and originating from a galaxy far beyond the Milky Way.
Dr. B. B. Sinha told the American Physical Society that such a celestial missile — tiny in size but packing the wallop of a small atomic bomb — could have been responsible for “the mysterious destruction of Russia’s Siberian forests in 1908.”
The reference was to the known devastation of a densely-forested region of north-central Siberia — some 60 miles in diameter — that occurred June 30, 1908,
presumably as a result of the impact of some kind of fireball from space A roaring sound was heard for 400 miles around.
Scientists have long ascribed the disaster to a meteorite, or possibly even a comet, but Sinha is the first to suggest a faster-than-light object and one from outside our galaxy.
His concept marked an expansion of a theory he offered to the same scientific society just a year ago.
At that time Sinha, of the Institute of Science and Mathematics, Guelph, Ontario, theorized that:
Somewhere in the universe there’s a great anti-galaxy made up of particles called Jugmons that travel faster than the speed of light, seemingly in violation of Einstein’s special theory of relativity.
But Sinha said that, instead of challenging Einstein’s views, his own theory extends them so as to include something vastly different from “the ordinary matter of our world’’ and the known galaxies of the universe.
In the year since he proposed the concept there have been no open approvals, or challenges.
from other scientists.
According to Sinha. the antimass or Jugmon particles would behave just the opposite of the ordinary mass particles of the known galaxies, in that they would constantly be annihilating one another and then be restored by others. And, if they struck ordinary matter they would certainly destroy it, he suggested.
Less Than Ounce
In his latest offering, the Canadian proposed that a small quantity of such particles — less than an ounce — might have escaped from their anti-galaxy home and started gunning toward the solar system and, ultimately, the Siberian forests.
The object’s speed, he said,
“would generate radiation, emitting a column of blue light toward the earth ”
And. he said. “Repelling the loose air-molecules, it . . , would have drilled through the atmosphere in less than a half of a millisecond (one-thousandth of a second) and landed on the top of a tree in Siberian forests.
‘‘Clearly then, a mighty bang and explosion would occur, as if a small atom bomb . . . equivalent to HO,ODO tons of TNT . . . exploded in air close to the earth s surface.”
And he said that at least chemical evidence to support his theory has been found recently in the Siberian area where the devastation occurred.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A man serving a prison sentence in the shooting and robbery of Sen John Stennis (D-Miss ) had a little vacation from prison life until officials realized he’d been freed accidentally.
John Marshall, 24, was in court Monday and had three other charges dismissed in connection with the shooting of Stennis in January, 1973 After his court appearance Marshall went free, and one official said the dismissal of the charges apparently was nnsinterpret-<*d
FBI agents puked up Marshall at his home about 24 hours later
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LONDON (AP) - The
British defense ministry termed press reports that it was planning to withdraw troops from Malta. Cyprus and Singapore as “entirely speculative."
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PARAMOUNT - “Three Tough Guys” — 2:20. 4 IO, 6, 7 50, 9 40
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Government Researchers Gear For Study of Federal Secrecy
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WEST — “Dillinger” “The Godfather’’ —
STAGE 2 - “The Spikes Gang” - 2:30, 4 30, 7 45. 9 45
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TWIN EAST - "Man of the East’’ — 8 50; “Hospital” — Il ia; “Support Your Local Gunfighter” — 1:05.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new government research team is gearing up for a yearlong effort to measure the walls of secrecy in the federal bureaucracy.
The Freedom of Information Study Unit intends to produce the most detailed analysis of government information policy ever developed, said its director, Jerry (’lark The team’s recommendations, scheduled for completion in June, 1975, could influence legislation and regulations determining how much the public is entitled to learn about the workings of government.
“This is a frighteningly big thing to tackle, but it’s got to be done," ( lark said in an interview
With a staff of 12 to 15 lawyers, political scientists and management experts, and an annual budget of about $300,000, Clark hopes to measure how well federal agencies have complied with the 1967 Freedom of Information Act. the most recent legislative attempt to force some government secrets into the open The study will range through the entire federal system, hut probably will focus most intensively on a few departments still to be selected.
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Researchers will examine the internal procedures and regulations the agencies have adopted to respond to requests for information and documents sought under the EOI act.
The law requires government officials to disclose requested data unless it falls into certain exempt categories, such as personnel files, industrial trade secrets and investigative records A number of federal agencies have been taken to court to defend their refusal to disclose information. The results have been mixed But the U.S. circuit court of appeals for the District of Columbia, which handles a large proportion of such suits, generally has leaned toward disclosure.
The move toward openness has startled officials in a number of traditionally secret agencies, particularly the FBI, which recently was forced by a lawsuit to disclose memos es-
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tablishing and terminating counter-intelligence operations against the New Left movement, black militants and other political groups.
Clark said FBI and other agency officials have expressed a genuine interest in developing sound guidelines
Technically, the unit is part of the justice department, but its funds also will come from several other government agencies.
The study was promised last June by then-Atty. Gen Elliot Richardson but delayed by justice department upheavals. The work was resumed after William Saxbe was sworn in as attorney general
DETROIT (AP) - All but one U.S. auto plant will be operating next week as car production begins to pick up, but 108.0t)0 workers remain on indefinite layoff because of the continued sales slump.
Many auto workers have been jobless since January when the energy crisis, then at its peak, began to make a big dent on car sales. Industry spokesmen concede that few of them will be back on the payroll before the 1975-model run begins this summer Many won t be recalled even then
Production this week reached its highest level of the year, although assembly of automobiles is still running 20.5 percent behind the same week in 1973. For the year, auto sales are down 26 percent from last year's sizzling pace.
President Nixon, speaking in Jackson, Miss., said Thursday that he believes tho economy has passed through “the lowest point of the downturn” and will start picking up later this year. He singled out the auto industry as one trouble spot where the outlook is brightening.
General Motors, Ford and Chrysler believe their sales decline has bottomed out, and have ended the short-term plant shutdowns that have plagued the industry since last December.
None of the firms, however, will estimate when plants will return to full capacity or when their indefinitely idled employes — 15 percent of the Big Three U.S. work force of 700,000 — will be rehired.
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“It s totally unpredictable,'’ said a spokesman at Ford, where indefinite layoffs are at 16,500. “It hinges on sales. When sales increase, we ll increase production and start rehiring.”
At GM, where sales are a third below the 1973 pace,
80.000 workers are on longterm layoff. Company spokesmen said it is unlikely they will be recalled before late summer when the 1975-model run begins in earnest.
And “unless there is a substantial change in demand,’’ recalls may not begin even then, a spokesman said.
The General Motors assembly plant in Southgate, Calif., will be the only Big Three plant closed next week. It is being converted from large to small car production.
When sales first began to tumble last December, the automakers furloughed more than 200,000 workers, the majority of them for one- and two-week periods.
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