A WEEK rarely goes by without another story of how austerity is biting into public services. The effects on the town brought about by year upon year of public sector cuts have been huge and the worry is the pain will deepen as the council finds another £20m of savings. What is vital is that where these cuts are made they face proper public debate and scrutiny. Over the past month, the Star has featured reports on a consultation about the parks and rangers service.
A 33-YEAR-OLD man from St Helens has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a man was killed in a five vehicle crash on the M6 in Warwickshire. The crash, which happened at around 1.40am today (Wednesday, February 14) caused the road to be shut between junctions two and three. A 38-year-old man, the driver of a car involved in the collision, was declared dead at the scene. Three lorries and a van were also involved in the collision.
A COUNCILLOR says a brick missed his head by 10cm when it smashed through a bus window. John Fulham, the St Helens Council cabinet member for growth, took to Twitter to describe the moments the object shattered the window of an Arriva bus he was a passenger on last night. Tweeting a picture of the rock, he wrote: "This just smashed through the @arrivanorthwest bus window I was sat next to with such force, missed my head by 10cm as I swerved, that it continued rattling down the bus."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
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
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".