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Published Oct. 10, 2005

SONIA SINGLETON, 37, a nationally known AIDS activist who appeared on television shows and before Congress, died of the disease Wednesday in South Miami. Ms. Singleton was a heterosexual who emphasized in her appearances that the disease could occur in anyone, but that testing HIV-positive was no reason to despair. "She handled herself courageously until the very end," said her husband, Mack Loud. Ms. Singleton struggled with drug addiction for a decade before kicking the habit in the mid-1980s. Soon after, she learned of her HIV status.

BOB COMMINGS, 59, a standout lineman on Iowa's 1956 Rose Bowl team who went on to coach the Hawkeyes for five seasons in the 1970s, died Thursday in Canton, Ohio, of lung cancer. Although he was the smallest lineman in the Big 10 at 173 pounds, he not only played on the Rose Bowl team that beat Oregon State, but was voted his team's most valuable player the following season. For the last 12 years he coached at Glenoak High School in Canton, compiling a 76-44-1 record.