Topics: The Life and Death Issue

LGBT defendants face bias in death penalty cases, but you wouldn't know it from the data available

The capital punishment trial of Calvin Burdine in Texas is famous.

NC medical examiners search for the answers to the questions death leaves behind


Dr. Kim Janssen doesn’t do scary movies. She hates watching bad things happen and can’t stand to see someone suffer.

Chapel Hill's Walker's Funeral Home balances compassion and business


When Sellers walked into Walker’s for the first time as director two months ago, he entered a funeral home that only had one remaining employee from the previous management. Change was inevitable.

Fran Schindler volunteers to sit by the deathbed of those who ask

Fran Schindler lives alone in a yellow townhouse in a quiet Chapel Hill neighborhood. The walls of the 75-year-old’s living room are covered with her own art — three-dimensional mixed media pieces made from driftwood and twisted metal, abstract paintings with splashes of color that might be faces or animals or anything else depending how you look at them.

Overcoming 'six strokes and counting'


On Valentine’s Day in 2007, a fifth-grade girl cheered as her older brother continued to score 3-pointers at the last minute. That’s when the strong pain in her head hit.

Column: Why a Life & Death Issue?


When I tell people that my biological father died in January, their eyes bulge, sadness overtakes them and the reactions like, “I’m sorry to hear that,” pour in.