Could CMOST return to its hometown? As I wrote last week, the little gem of a children's museum, now hidden away in a dreadful office park in North Greenbush, is an unfortunate victim of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute turmoil. As a result, the Children's Museum of Science and Technology may end up moving to Clifton Park or Albany. But what about Troy?
If Albany wants to be a better city, it might want to turn its eyes toward Providence. Not the divine Providence. I'm talking about the city in Rhode Island. That might seem like odd advice. Providence, for all its many charms, is not considered a great and glamorous city. It is not San Francisco, New York or Montreal. But as noted by Gene Bunnell, a longtime Center Square resident and retired University at Albany planning professor, Providence and Albany have a heck of a lot in common.
A few of you — not the majority, but a few — thought last week's column about sewage flowing into the Hudson River was too harsh. Some readers said I had too quickly dismissed the progress made toward a cleaner river over the last 50 years. Meanwhile, the poor souls paid to say good things about Gov. Braggadocio pretended to be mad because I didn't mention the state's decision to spend $500 million annually on water infrastructure — a response to the crisis in Hoosick Falls, no doubt. OK, fine.
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".