The United Nations building in New York lit with the red Aids ribbon in 2001 to highlight the general assembly special session on HIV/Aids. Photograph: Eskinder Debebe/Reuters

In May 1983, the ABC television show 20/20 broadcast a feature on Kenny Ramsauer, a 29-year-old who was in the death throes of a seemingly indefinable(...)

Trial by media: the New York Daily News the day after the attack. Photograph: Daily News Archive/Getty/PBS

The bare fact of the story is chilling almost a quarter of a century on. In the dusky light of April 19th, 1989, a young white woman was accost(...)

Members of the Emerald Isle Step Dancers, from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, make their way up New York’s Fifth Avenue as they take part in the St Patrick's Day Parade. Photograph: Tina Fineberg/AP

St Patrick’s Cathedral is filthy. Cardinal Timothy Dolan said as much on Sunday as he stood on the steps of the Fifth Avenue landmark and detai(...)