I wrote in a May 17 column that disco is dead and Skatetown USA might not be far behind. Yet reports of Skatetown's demise might have been premature. The landmark roller skating rink on Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce has been a community fixture since the heyday of disco in the 1970s, but financial woes threatened to sink it once and for all. Yet, as a sign above the entrance has been proclaiming for a couple of weeks, "Maybe miracles can happen!"
Call it a marriage of art and gritty realism about something very ugly that's happening under our noses. On Friday, a group of 25 teenagers from all over St. Lucie County will bring a play about the heartache of sex trafficking to the stage of the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce. The teens who make up E.N.D.IT! Corp. have been honing the play and its characters for about a year. They've presented 17 performances of "Daddy" in local churches and other venues.
Bet you didn't know one of the world's leading authorities on ancient textiles and basketry works at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce. Why would a school which studies the oceans of the world need someone with vast expertise of the woven variety? Jim Adavasio has spent the past four years on the Treasure Coast as the lead archaeologist on the Old Vero Man excavation in Vero Beach. The baskets came into his work life six years before he set foot here.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".