An Indian women’s group claims stigma and fear killed a 30-year-oldwidow with HIV in Andhra Pradesh state in July. Women’s Initiative saidneighbors stoned Munnuswamy Ponnamma to death and burned her body—alongwith a bench and mango tree she’d touched. Police say AIDS, notstoning, killed her; advocates cry cover-up.

-Mubarak Dahir


AIDS dissident David Pasquarelli and varsity gadfly Michael Petrelispled “no contest” July 30 to misdemeanor charges for harassing andthreatening San Francisco journalists, researchers and publicofficials. The duo spent 72 days in jail while awaiting bail, and thecourt gave both three years’ probation and a complex array ofrestraining orders.
-Alex MacDonald