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Though he found himself cut last year by the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, that didn’t keep former Arkansas Razorback quarterback Clint Stoerner from talking up a new venture between his old team and cable giant Comcast. Stoerner — whose most recent pro try was this summer with the Miami Dolphins — was in town last week with Comcast press flaks to tout the cable provider’s new “Dallas Cowboys Channel,” a 24-hour digital channel devoted to all things Cowboys (though he ended up talking more about the Razorbacks of old than the Cowboys of today, thanks to our office Hog-heads). The channel is an outgrowth of an agreement reached in late August by the team and the cable provider, and Comcast promises the Dallas Cowboys Channel will be the ultimate football experience for the Cowboys fan. Though the Dallas Cowboys Channel will carry no live games, it will fill its hours with just about everything else you can imagine: live coverage of Coach Bill Parcell’s press conferences, reports from practice, interviews with insiders, and call-in-shows featuring players, coaches and cheerleaders. Also prominent will be a show called “Owner’s Desk,” with weekly comment from owner Jerry Jones, the Rose City native. Starting Oct. 1, the channel can be ordered from Comcast as part of a nine-channel sports package that includes NBA TV and the fledgling NFL Network. Digital subscribers can add the package for $5 a month. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette photographer Benjamin Krain is the grand prize winner in the fifth annual “Photos of the Year” competition held by Editor and Publisher magazine. The award comes for a stunning set of 10 photographs taken in February during Krain’s assignment to Afghanistan. Some of the photos had previously been published in the D-G in a special feature. As announced on Sept. 27, Krain topped a list of 16 winners in the categories of spot news, feature, sports and photo essay. His photographs will appear in the October issue of Editor and Publisher, with a photo of the photographer himself on the cover. For a peek at Krain’s prize winning images, go to: www.editorandpublisher.com What with our governor, the crummy schools, the sweltering summers, the skeeters, the ticks and the poverty, we thought living in Arkansas was hard enough. Then along comes Forbes magazine to let us know that dying here ain’t no picnic, either. According to a new study published in the current issue of the magazine, Arkansas is the 43rd worst place to die in the United States. Call it “Quality of Death” — the results were based on a number of factors facing those about to shake this mortal coil, including legal protections for the dying, quality of hospital and nursing home care, pervasiveness of hospice care, the amount of tax paid on estates, and how bad your no-count relatives want to get their paws on your homestead (OK, I made that last one up). The worst place to die? Illinois, followed by Ohio, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The best place to die, according to Forbes? Utah. Must be all that clean Mormon living. Complete results at: www.forbes.com/bestplaces/2004/08/11/b2dieland.html
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