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Parents balance safety concerns and desire for children to flourish living in city

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When Donna Hines’s children were growing up, she would cut out every newspaper and magazine article she came across that chronicled some tragedy and tape them to the refrigerator in their Westborough home. They called it her refrigerator of death.

But there was a point to the stories: It could be you.

Parents’ fear does not disappear once their children are grown, but the anxieties are tempered with pragmatism. Often the best place to start a career is in a big city, not a small town.

That was the case for Hines’s daughter, who graduated from Northeastern two years ago and now works as an executive assistant at Clark University in Worcester, where she also lives.

And that was the case, too, for Amy Lord. She is the young woman kidnapped from South Boston and slain in a wooded area eight miles away. She grew up in Wilbraham.

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