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Too much of a good thing?

Put down that handful of Flintstone vitamins. According to reports by the Institute of Medicine, you can have too much of a good thing. Vitamins, commonly thought of in terms of the-more-the-better; a safe way to sidestep the common cold and keep skin glowing, can actually be dangerous in high quantities. For example, consuming more […]

Male mutilation?

Jim Welt’s article (“Mutilation common in Third World” Jan. 23) said, “In Egypt, the prepuce of a girl’s clitoris is cut off.” and “It is unknown how often genital mutilation occurs in the United States.” Yet we know that a boy’s prepuce is removed — just like the girls in Egypt — in the United […]

Akouk guilty, to serve at least 40 years

“After being raped, me is someone different than who I was for 18 years. … Just because a year has passed doesn’t mean I don’t see myself in that shower stall being raped.” These words were part of the victim’s impact statement provided on Friday afternoon by the Boston University freshman who was twice raped […]

The return of the nipple king

Well, some conniving, some champagne and a black cocktail dress later, I have returned as a columnist for the Free Press. Now in all honesty, the conniving was underhanded, the champagne was cheap and the cocktail dress wasn’t very flattering on me — and in fact much more effective when Denise Spellman does it — […]

South End man guilty on all six charges

Abdelmajid Akouk, the South End man accused of raping a Boston University freshman in September of 1999, was convicted Friday on six charges, including two counts of aggravated rape. The prosecution had asked Suffolk Superior Court Judge James McDaniel for the maximum sentence — life in jail — but McDaniel instead sentenced Akouk to 40-45 […]