Katherine Johnston of Blacksburg keenly followed the many columns I wrote last year about lost and delayed mail. Those recounted varying scenarios in which people got dinged for late payments or hit with penalties after the U.S. Postal Service shifted first-class mail processing from Roanoke to Greensboro in 2015.Because she pays almost all her bills via online banking, Johnston never imagined she’d suffer such a fate.
Summer’s heat has brought a peculiar seasonal pest to the Roanoke region, and we’re not talking about sweat bees or mosquitoes. The variety in question stung Ann Dieter last summer and tried again recently. This time, she didn’t fall for the ruse.Both times, a guy driving a nondescript truck knocked on her door in the Crescent Heights neighborhood of southern Roanoke County. The first occasion was July 2, 2016.He said he had some extra driveway sealer left over from another job nearby.
Jim Gilmore called me the other day, and he was not a happy camper. The former governor was displeased about my July 6 column on “Firecracker Ed” Gillespie and his odd campaign pledge to bring “fireworks freedom” to the Old Dominion.Buried in there was a brief aside that compared that signature issue to those from other Virginia gubernatorial candidates.
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".