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Atlanta Braves beat Cleveland Indians, 3-2, in World Series Game 1 Page 49 LOTTERY, PAGE 3 Volume 248 Number 114 $1.75 $2.00 beyond 30 miles GRADUAL CHEERING Sunday: Fair by p.m., 65 Monday: Sunny, mid 60s Details, Page 41 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1995 Citizen Starr stirs jV' Springfield vote Publisher active in casino debate By Kevin Cullen GLOBE STAFF Despite voter concerns on issues like crime and education, the mayoral election has become a referendum on the casino. It is unfolding against a backdrop of troubling questions, and new accusations, about the newspaper's behind-the-scenes role in pushing its publisher's agenda on city officials fearful of the consequences of saying no. At the center of the dispute sits the publisher, David Starr, a longtime civic booster who makes no apology for his active role in local affairs. The casino, Starr insists, can SPRINGFIELD, Page 36 awarded its political endorsements only to pro-casino backers. And the city's outgoing mayor told the Globe last week that the newspaper offered to endorse him if he too would join their bandwagon, a charge the paper denies.

The paper's widely perceived tilt has soured some of its own reporters. Indeed, its principal reporter on the casino issue is leaving partly, colleagues say, because of frustration at the pressure from above. pro-casino candidate, Michael Al-bano, against the casino's most vocal critic, Charles Ryan. The newspaper is also backing a nonbinding ballot question that, if passed, would put Springfield in the running for a casino that is part of Gov. Weld's bill proposing casino gambling in New Bedford.

The newspaper, which has boosted the casino in editorials and been accused of giving short shrift to opponents in its news pages, has SPRINGFIELD Like nothing else in recent memory, the prospect of casino gambling here has riven this city of 150,000, destroying political careers and friendships, while focusing widespread attention on the power and pressure that Springfield's only newspaper often employs to get its way. In the Nov. 7 mayoral election, Springfield Newspapers, which publishes the daily Union-News and Sunday Republican, is boosting the GLOBE PHOTO PAUL SHOUL Publisher David Starr makes no apology for his role in local affairs. Weld rile! i i limit What's up? ace 'heltei to SCHLOCK By Michael Grunwald and Indira A. R.

Lakshmanan GLOBE STAFF For tourists, pop icons -not history -are Boston's popular sights 7 If they are evicted from subsidized or public housing for nonpayment of rent If they reject or fail to show up for a shelter placement. If the Department of Transitional Assistance decides the family is not trying hard enough to find housing themselves. Homeless families and their advocates accuse the governor of stealthily abolishing the right to shelter in Massachusetts, a right guaranteed by law in 1983. They acknowledge that not all of the parents affected by the rules are blameless, but insist that all children deserve a roof over their heads. Margaret Ratliff, 26, says she was evicted from a subsidized apartment for falling a month behind on rent; she had taken a leave from her job to care for her mentally ill 5-year-old son.

The state denied her shelter and her family was homeless for two months. HOMELESS, Page 28 I The Weld administration has quietly shrunk the safety net for homeless families in Massachusetts during the last 16 months, severely restricting access to emergency shelters through a series of unpublicized regulations. The impact of the new rules, which deny shelter to families deemed responsible in some way for their homelessness, has been dramatic. The number of families in state-funded shelters has dropped 43 percent in a year. The monthly influx of families without shelter seeking help from the Travelers Aid Society of Boston multiplied sixfold during the same period.

The regulations were adopted in five batches beginning in June 1994, without legislative input or approval. Among the reasons that can make a family ineligible for shelter are: GLOBE STAFF PHOTO WENDY MAEDA Samuel Eliot Morison sits alone in the Back Bay. GLOBE STAFF PHOTO WENDY MAEDA Jeronimo Herrejon poses with Bugs Bunny. By Anthony Flint GLOBE STAFF hey had that sheepish look, like they had been caught at a McDonald's in Paris. Nick and Helen Vlamis, visiting Boston from Trumbull, ny in Faneuil Hall, to cite another example, than by Paul Revere just a short walk away.

And that has civic leaders wondering how the city can do a better job of packaging its commemorative art and historical sights. "You just kind of scratch your head," said Patrick Moscaritolo, president of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. "When you watch people walk right by all these one-of-a-kind historic sights, it makes us rethink our whole marketing strategy." STATUES, Page 16 the FAO Schwarz toy store on Boylston Street now that was something they just had to be photographed beside. Something to remember Boston by. "It's adorable," Helen Vlamis said, even as she acknowledged the bear stood in front of a New York City-based toy store.

"It just kind of draws you in." In a city so rich with history, some of the most popular forms of public art are those that have nothing to do with Boston at all. More people cozy up to the bronze Bugs Bun confessed they hadn't quite made it to the Freedom Trail. They skipped the statues of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and JFK. But the big bronze teddy bear in front of Powell team gathers to decide on a run On anniversary, UN reaps honors but lacks funds By Michael Kranish GLOBE STAFF By Colum Lynch GLOBE CORRESPONDENT GOP freshmen drive debate in Washington By Jill Zuckman GLOBE STAFF WASHINGTON After barnstorming the beaches last year in seeking office from Florida's Panhandle, a 100-mile stretch from Pensacola to Panama City, Rep. Joe Scarborough came to Congress with a message and a mission: Balance the budget.

Winning 62 percent of the vote in a district previously held by a Democrat, the Republican Scarborough remains unwavering in his convictions almost a year later. And so do the 72 other GOP freshmen who helped the party win a majority in the House for the first time in 40 years. I'-'l really don't see that there's much room for us to give on many issues," said Scarborough, still baby-faced at 32. "The freshmen class is prepared to go to the wall for what we believe in." Congress is completely wrapped up in I-' FRESHMEN, Page 14 I A 4 I I 1 s. I AP PHOTO WASHINGTON Retired Gen.

Colin Powell has assembled the political equivalent of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an array of advisers who are helping him hone his message for Republican appeal as he decides in the next few weeks whether to run for president. Several of Powell's friends and advisers said that, to their delight, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs is sounding more like he will declare himself as a Republican presidential candidate. But close aides cautioned that Powell, who finished his book tour Friday, is still studying the situation and considering everything from becoming a vice presidential nominee to a university president. "I have spent every waking minute with him for the last five weeks, except for some private sessions, and quite frankly I haven't sensed he is necessarily any closer to a decision," William Smullen, Powell's UNITED NATIONS More than 160 presidents, prime ministers, kings and queens, the largest assembly of world leaders ever, are gathering in New York over the-next three days to pay homage to the United Nations on the 50th anniversary of its founding. But what they won't be paying are the organization's bills, deepening a financial crisis that has left the United Nations demoralized and unprepared to meet the commitments its members have embraced for the international organization.

More than 100 members of the 185-nation or-ganizaton have failed to meet their financial obligations to the United Nations this year, creating a $3 billion debt that officials say is jeopardizing activities ranging from the prosecution of war crimes to the maintenance of peacekeeping operations. The United States, the greatest contributor to the United Nations and also its largest debtor, owes UN, Page 8 COLIN POWELL Begins "intense" consultations longtime aide, said in an interview, "Don't read anything into what oth ers are telling you." i'S Powell, 58, said last week that, with the well-received tour ending; he now plans to enter into a period of "intense" consultation with his fam-POWELL, Page 14 A pro-Castro demonstrator protesting US policies waves a Cuban flag yesterday in New York. tip tm rx.bc feH alitor UN at 50: A look at the world body's history. Focus, Page 75. 1 Read Boston: Today's Learning section presents techniques for getting kids to read and examples of ap 1 Mng fty-v 1 mnu (I Surgery scheduled: Paralyzed BU hockey player Travis Roy faces an operation tomorrow.

Sports, Page 49. Globe Xm-sfsiper Co. 1 Inside INDEX, PAGE 3 -a Love that clean aten The EPA plans to make the lower Charles River gwimmable within the riaxt decade. Page 33. Saving marriage: Therapists see a growing trend among couples to work on staying together despite the pressures of modern life.

Globe Magazine. 3 7 3 2 propriate stories, including "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Insurance discounts: -A Certain companies offer ill ill if i group discounts on auto Page 44. rates. Page 38. A S32.

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