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Cardinal Bernard F. Law's visit to Southeast Asia holds special meaning for many Viet- namese-American I Catholics. Page 21 New England 27 THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE SEPTEMBER 1, 1991 in survey say they would move from Boston Nearly half By Adrian Walker GLOBE STAFF by the city under the Kevin White adminis? tration in 1979, indicating that eight years under Mayor Flynn has done little to courf-teract feelings that the quality of life is declining. Z. In the 1979 sampling, conducted by the now-defunct Office of Program Development, 48 percent of the 1,550 residents sur--veyed said they would move outside the city.

That poll, which was conducted by Tully POLL, Page 23 city if they had the chance. Fifty-four percent said they w7ould stay, while 3 percent were undecided. Gerry Chervinsky, who conducted the poll, said the numbers reflect a widespread dissatisfaction. "There are people who are frustrated and unhappy with the safety of their neighborhoods, the performance of the Police Department, the condition of the schools. This reflects an honest frustration and concern." The desire to get out of Boston was more pronounced among women, with 52 percent opting to relocate, compared with 44 percent of men.

The desire to move was even stronger among black residents, 53 percent of whom said they would leave if they had the chance. Only 39 percent of Hispanics surveyed said they would leave the city. By income, 35 percent of those making less than $30,000 a year said they would leave, compared with 49 percent of those making between $30,000 and $60,000. Forty-seven percent of those making more than $60,000 a year said they would leave if they could. Asked to rank the most serious problems facing the city, residents ranked crime first and drugs second.

Third place fell to the city's financial situation and cuts in local aid. "Some of these people may have no job or be affected by the economy. Some would just like to move out of Dorchester into Milton, or from Brighton to Newton," Chervinsky said. The results echoed a survey conducted Nearly half the Boston residents surveyed in a recent poll said they would move out of the city if they could, citing crime and poor economic prospects as their key reasons. the poll, in which 814 people were interviewed by KRC Communications Research for The Boston Globe, 43 percent of those responding said they would leave the Slain girl is buried in Beverly Hundreds attend funeral service Amid coMeera schools enter era of choice I a I By Anthony Flint GLOBE STAFF Shoppin for a school? 3 The following school districts have voted to participate in the choice program, as of today: Avon Acton Acton-Boxborough Berkshire Hills Regional Beverly Blackstone-Millville Regional Douglas East Longmeadow Holliston Hopkinton Manchester-bv-the-Sea Lee Lenox Milford Minden-Upton North Middlesex Regional Uxbridge f.

ByKathyMcCabe i SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE 1 and Efrain Hernandez GLOBE STAFF BEVERLY As 300 relatives and friends filled a church yesterday for the funeral of 14-year-old Amy Carnevale, a priest urged them not to let her brutal death, allegedly at the hands of her 16-year-old boyfriend, overshadow their memory of her loving nature. "We must commit ourselves to work hard not to let the images in the newspapers, on radio, or on television dominate our memory of Amy Carnevale. Amy deserves better than said Rev. Anthony Penna, a family friend who said the funeral Mass. Father Penna, a Stigmatine priest assigned to the Espousal Retreat House in Waltham, called on the mourners many of whom had been Carnevale's schoolmates at Memorial Middle School to recall one happy memory of the slain cheerleader.

of one good memory of Amy, one that is worthy of her life rrand recall it often," Father Penna said. Her funeral, held at St John the Evangelist Church in North Beverly, came four days after the discovery of her body in Shoe Pond horrified residents of this small city. Carnevale had been stabbed to death, and her body wrapped in plastic and weighted with cinder blocks. On Wednesday, police arrested Jamie Fuller, who was to be a junior at Beverly High School this week, and charged him with Carnevale's murder. The pair had dated on and off for the past two years.

Fuller, a weightlifter, was widely said to be using steroids, it was repotted yesterday in The Boston Herald. If abused, steroids can induce psychotic aggressiveness, medical authorities say. The murder has shocked fellow The experiment may fizzle. Or it may become educational policy for years to come. But with the passing of Labor Day weekend, Massachusetts officially will begin its controversial school choice program, in which parents can choose the public school they want their children to attend, even if it is in another town.

The program will be limited in scope: Dozens of school districts have decided against participating, and only about 800 to 1,000 students are expected to cross town borders to attend schools that have agreed to open their doors. About 17 out of the 361 school districts have elected to participate in the program so far, six in Boston's suburbs, others in the Blackstone Valley and in the Berk-shires. Those school districts will become the case study for choice in Massachusetts, albeit an incomplete one because so few districts close to major cities elected to participate. As the experiment gets under way, there has been no shortage of criticism. Some predict disaster for school districts that lose students, because their state funding will be reduced based on the number of students who leave.

Others say the program is unfair because no funding for transportation is included, so only those who can afford to will travel across school district lines. There is talk of a resegregation of schools. Some educators also predict a flurry of lawsuits from school districts that lose students and funding. On Beacon Hill, meanwhile, an effort to change the school choice law before the school year gets started is gaining momentum. Sen.

Arthur E. Chase (R-Worcester), said he expects a quick response to legislation he filed last month that would change the funding formula so it is not "Robin Hood in reverse, taking from the poorer school districts to give it to thei richer ones." Under the existing law, schools that accept out-of-town students get an increase in state aid, and schools that lose the students have their aid decreased by a corresponding amount. Critics say the receiving" schools benefit greatly financially by! adding a few more students, but th losing schools are too harshly penag 1 'OB ized. "I think there is recognition tha IA 1 91 i I i 2 i i there are serious problems with the; law that have to be addressed Chase said. "I'm a proponent of choice.

But I think the way the law is written nowj youll get a couple of towns like Gloig cester or Maynard or others that get devastated, and it will leave such a bad taste it will get thrown out and won't get resurrected for 10 or 20 years," he said. Gloucester Superintendent William J. Leary, who predicts his school district will lose at least SCHOOL CHOICE, Page 22 GLOBE STAFF PHOTO BARRY CHIN BEVERLY, Page 24 Friends of Amy Carnevale comfort each other at her funeral. 'Frank Douglas is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife. My personal opinion is that she is dead.

Collegians' great migration is grating on some natives LT. STEPHEN CORR, Lexington police By Jordana Hart GLOBE STAFF 3 years after woman disappeared, police say they suspect husband What's closed, open on Labor Day Holiday observed Monday, Sept. 2 Massachusetts Retail stores: Closed. Liquor stores: Open. Supermarkets: Closed.

Convenience stores: Open. Taverns, bars: Open. Banks: Closed. Stock market Closed. State offices: Closed.

Municipal offices: Closed. Closed, 'libraries: Closed. Boston traffic rules: Parking me- ters not in effect, emergency parking restrictions apply. jRubbisfc collections Boston: Reg- ular schedule for Boston, North End, Beacon Hill and Roxbury, one day late all other areas By Jordana Hart GLOBE STAFF does, but I can't get used to it," said Concannon, a laboratory technician in Boston. Like others who live near stu- dents, Concannon complained about the late-night parties, the increased volume of trash and the general "craziness" of some students, especially those basking for the first time in their freedom away from home.

At least 77,000 students are expected to move into campus residences and apartments this weekend and, according to the Rental Housing Association, 50,000 door keys are expected to change hands today alone. According to Boston University spokeswoman Linda Goldstein, MOVING, Page 26 It is one of the great rites of summer's end: More than a quarter of a million college students descended on Greater Boston this weekend, marking a time of excitement for students and trepidation for the residents living among them. Hands on his hips and a slight furrow above his brow, Jack Con-cannon, 58, stood by his door yesterday afternoon surveying the crush of rental trucks, vans and cars parked sometimes three deep along Bay State Road, near Boston University. "This is a true migration. It happens every year, I know it a suspect in her disappearance.

"Frank Douglas is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife," said Corr. "My personal opinion is that she is. dead, though this is still a missing person case." So sure are Wilson and her younger sister, Virginia, that their mother is dead, they do not speak of her return. "We both want very much to find Mum's remains and give her a Christian funeral," said Wilson. Sources said there have been no recent leads in the Douglas case, and police refused to say whether they are still searching for the woman.

Corr refused to comment further and would not say whether Frank Douglas has been questioned by police, stressing that the case remains active. Efforts to reach Frank Douglas, 74, a retired bank LEXINGTON, Page 23 LEXINGTON It has taken three years for police to utter what two anguished daughters have waited to hear: that their father is a suspect in the bizarre and widely publicized Sept. 2, 1988, disappearance of their mother from a coastal Maine shopping center. "We have every confidence in the police and the work they have done so far and in the conclusions they have reached," said Marilyn Wjjson, a Manchester, N.H, nurse and the eldest daughter of Virginia and Frank E. Douglas.

Though police still officially consider Virginia Douglas missing and not murdered, Lexington Police Lt. Steven Corr says he believes she is dead. He said her husband, who still lives in the family's Follen Road horrlfe, is Mike Barnick is on iacation..

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