Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 25, 1987 · Page 3
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25,1987— 3 Cheech carries on without Chong A Film Review By TIM RILEY BORN IN EAST L.A. (Rated R) — What happens when a third generation American of Mexican descent gets caught in an INS raid of illegal aliens and can't prove his citizenship? Deportation to Tijuana is a rude awakening for Rudy Robles (Cheech Marin), an auto mechanic in East Los Angeles, who finds himself a stranger in his ancestral homeland and unable to convince the authorities he is an American citizen. On his maiden solo effort apart from longtime partner Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin achieves success with the hat trick of writer, director and star of "Bom in East L.A.," a film born from the parody he'd written of Bruce Springsteen's famous hit song. The pleasant surprise of Cheech's independent work is that it is far superior to the pot-humor movies stoked by the creative energies of the Cheech and Chong comedy team. Cheech demonstrates that he can get a lot of mileage and laughs out of running gags. You don't have to be Latino to appreciate his humor, and if you have just a fleeting knowledge of immigration raids, you'll get the point of all his jokes. Cheech's character, Rudy, gets into trouble when he goes to meet his Mexican cousin Javier (Paul Rodriguez), who's working at a toy factory with a crew of illegal aliens. Stumbling into a raid, Rudy is deponed to Mexico because he left home without his wallet and a computer compounds the error 'by identifying him as a 57 year old alien with an arrest record in every California city with a saint in its name. Rudy is a fish out of water in Mexico, because even though he looks Latino, he doesn't speak Spanish. Trying to get back across the border, he attempts some outlandish ruses. Disguising himself as a bush or a side of beef won't work. Since there is no way around the Border Patrol, he takes a job as a doorman at a dingy Tijuana tourist trap hustling Gringos. His boss is an oily American expatriate con artist (Daniel Stern) who fled the U.S. to avoid time in the slammer. The con man on the lam is motivated by greed, and even though he has a delightfully twisted sense of humor, taking advantage of Rudy is not a problem to him. To put together money to buy his way to freedom, Rudy takes on odd jobs like tutoring refugees to blend • as Chicanes by adopting an East L.A. strut and uttering the barrio password, "Waas Sappening?" Transforming a trio of Norteno folk musicians into a hot new rock quartet, Rudy learns to shakedown tourists like the Germans he conned by singing "Roll Out the Barrel." As you might expect from just one-half of the comedy team of Cheech and Chong, there is plenty of silly humor in "Bom in East L.A." such as the extended gag of the barrio knocked dead on its feet by the sexy girl in the world's tightest green dress. However, Cheech Marin in his trifurcated role displays a unique grasp on cultural humor, carrying an underlying message, with an appeal that goes far outside the boundaries of the barrio. Daniel Stern deserves a lot of credit for his wicked portrayal of the American scam artist. Rudy (Cheech Marin) falls in love with a spirited Salvadoran refugee, Dolores (Kamala Lopez) while In Tijuana. Investors look to timberland to balance their portfolios Laser shoots down drone in Navy warfare testing EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A remote-controlled aircraft drone shot down using laser technology was part of a test of conventional weapons, a U.S. Navy spokesman said. During the test Thursday at White Sands Missile Range "a high-energy laser did shoot down a drone on a test run," Navy spokesman Lt. Tom Derienzo said from hi* Washington office.' •' 1 ,-'-»* • Albertine and other White Sands officials referred other questions to Derienzo. Derienzo said Thursday morning that he would get more information about the test, but he did not return repeated phone calls later. White Sands is being used for so- called "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative research in which scientists are trying to determine .whettter wijh, ground-based lasers , can shoot down intercontinental The Navy's lasej project was so ballistic missiles. c'rct that he did not know* wnen Ihe The Navy his lorig been interested in developing a laser that could destroy anti-ship missiles such as the French-made Exocet, which struck the USS Stark in the Persian Gulf in May, killing 37 sailors. The Army operates the 4,000-square-mile missile range in southern New Mexico, but shares it with other branches of the armed secret that he did not know test occurred, what kind of laser was used or how fast the drone was moving, Derienzo said. Another Navy spokesman in Washington, John Albertine, told The Associated Press that he understood the test occurred last week as part of the Pentagon's Conventional Defense Initiative, a program designed to improve conventional weapons with new technology. EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ohio school teachers, California public employees and a host of other workers are the indirect owners of timberlands in the Pacific Northwest and the South. The workers expect to receive retirement money from investor- managed pension funds that have turned to timberland as an investment to give added balance to thier Heart operations may be unneeded CHICAGO (AP) — Some of the 200,000 heart bypass operations done annually in the United States may be unnecessary, according to researchers who say a second opinion may be enough to spare patients from surgery. , Researchers at Harvard Universi- ings are in 10 parcets of 50 to 100. ty studied 8}$:people with coronary ac res,and contain "sorruf merchant-, artery disease, who were advised to able timber, Y"" ~ T ~' ~ r : * '" Timberland portfolios. Pension fund investors have committed at least $275 million to timberlands in the past year, according to Pension & Investment Age, a publication for pension fund managers. Insurance companies are among the biggest buyers. John Hancock's Timber Resource Group is the largest, with $250 million committed to timber investments in money that is either invested or available for purchases. The Hancock fund's holdings include 2,800 acres of timberland near Cottage Grove, acquired from Cone Lumber Co. of Goshen. John Lord, second vice president in charge of the fund, said the company's overall plan "is to do some limited harvesting but essentially to allow the trees to grow and then sell the timber in the future." land offers a good investment potential for pension funds, or for investors hi general, over a long period. Ehinger said there is considerable interest in timber acquisitions. "There are a lot of people looking," he said. "But a lot of deals are not being made. People can't always get together on the price." Lord said his company has had success acquiring timberlands, but competition for land is increasing. "In the last six months there has been more interest by timber companies in acquiring land, too, so there is more competition," he said. "But there are still situations where companies are repositioning their holdings and putting land up for sale." Another insurance company with have bypass 1 surgery in the early 1980s. forces. Hurricane Emily 'defies meteorology* HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Hurricane Emily swept over Bermuda this morning with gusts up to 112 mh, blowing off roofs, causing some injuries, and shocking one forecaster who said its power "defies ... the concept of meteorology." ;Emily's eye passed over Kindley Fipld in Bermuda at 7:45 a.m. EDT, according to the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Fla. ;Bryan Darby, government information officer in Bermuda, said aqlhorities so far had received 166 reports of damage to buildings and that more reports were expected. •Darby said no fatalities had been t rted. The number of injuries not immediately available. ; Generally, there's no major damage at the moment, just houses and properties have sustained roofs Ming lifted off and trees uplifted lj things," David Bellingham, clerk at the Princess Hotel, Associated Press Radio. He said the hotel was operating normally. Darby said the injured were being treated at hospitals for cuts and bruises from flying debris. Most of the injured were people who "were out and shouldn't have been" when Emily passed over the island, he said. One elderly woman escaped with bruises after the slate roof on her house collapsed, Darby said. Cars parked in downtown Hamilton flipped over because of the strong winds, he said. The cruise ship Atlantic, berthed at Hamilton dock, broke her moorings and had to be towed back to its docking when the eye of the storm was passing over the island, Darby said. The liner was en route from New York to Bermuda and was carrying about 700 passengers, Darby said. Doctors giving second opinions concurred that surgery was needed only in 14 cases. Among the 74 who were counseled to continue medical therapy and postpone surgery, 60 took the advice. The patients did not have a higher rate of heart attack or death than those who went ahead and had the surgery, according to the study in today's Chicago-based Journal of the American Medical Association. "Second opinions for selected, motivated patients slated for coronary artery bypass operations afford a significant and safe option," wrote Dr. Thomas B. Graboys of the Harvard University School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Graboys and colleagues advised caution in extending their findings to all victims of coronary artery disease, noting that their study sample was small. In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Henry Mclntosh of Lakeland, Fla., said, "How many of the 200,000 procedures performed annually in the United States really need to be done ... for the benefit of the patient? I would suggest that, based on the experience gained from carefully controlled studies carried out during the last 20 years, the number" would be considerably smaller." makes a good diversification for an overall pension portfolio," Lord said. "It doesn't necessarily perform in the same cycle as stocks j and bonds. Right now with the stock market at a very high level and some concern it may fall, some fund managers are taking profits and plan to put that money into timber." A Hancock study of timber returns from 1958 to 1984 showed timber making a return of 10.5 percent a year, while stocks yielded 9.6 percent and bonds produced a return of 4.8 percent, Lord said. Paul Ehinger, a consulting forester in Eugene, agreed that timber- timber holdings is Equitable Life He said the Cottage Grove hold- Assurance Society of the United •" States. Equitable began its Timber- fund in 1984 and closed the pooled able timber, but a lot of it is account at $45.5 million earlier mis year. Subscribers'are,"sl:c "pension funds, one for government workers and the rest for private companies, said Mary Anne Boland| vice president of Equitablej Capital management. , About 70 percent of lEquitable's investment is in Soulhej-n pine timberlands and 30 percentjof the holdings are in Washington. "We are pleased with how fast the fund is appreciating in value," Ms. Bpland said. "We will start harvesting some of the timber in Washington this fall. Our plan has been to sell during strong markets, and right now prices have skyrocketed for bigger timber types." ARE YOU IN A HURRY? -call- AL FOSTER S TIRE CENTER On* Day Recap Service N*w Tlrei Top Quality Rtcepi 970 N. 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