The conversation sounded eerily familiar to both of us. My sister and I were speaking on the phone Tuesday morning in anticipation of the forced silence that follows the passage of a hurricane. She’s in Montserrat. I’m in Tallahassee. This week it’s Irma. The monster storm threatened winds of 180 mph. It grows in power as it moves west toward the Leeward Islands, and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Andrew J. Skerritt is an assistant professor of journalism at Florida A&M. The triumphant e-mail arrived in my in-box a week or two ago. It announced a re-enactment of the Florida Secession Convention on Jan. 8, 2011, in the old State Capitol building, where the original event took place 150 years before. "This will be an early event of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States as Florida was the third state to leave the Union," wrote the sender.
The bells have been ringing but the kettles have been lacking certain metallic sounds - the clang of donations falling into the Salvation Army campaign. With only a few days left in the annual Red Kettle Campaign - it ends on Saturday - The Salvation Army projects a "significant decline" in funds raised for services in Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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