Thousands of Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners were smiling right through a weekend of competition at the Unified Sports Holiday Classic. Sunday was a good day for a lot of people including Dexter Braatz from Lisbon. "Lot of fun, people to see, you get to hang out with friends," said Braatz. "I have my own bowling ball, my own bowling shoes that have my name on them." Bowl was the activity of choice for Dexter and teammates giving their all at Bowlero in Milford.
The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and those traveling by air often struggle through delays and canceled flights to reach their destination. The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters poured over the data to determine which airlines and airports were the best and worst at helping travelers stay on schedule, looking at nearly nine million flights both in and out of U.S. airports starting from the beginning of last year.
More than 80 percent of consumers rely on online reviews to learn more about purchases they are considering, according to the Pew Research Center. There are currently more than a billion reviews online, but experts - and even companies such as Google, Facebook and Yelp - have found that many of those reviews should not be trusted. Positive and negative reviews can help customers select a hotel, a car dealer, a doctor or even a caretaker for children, to offer a few examples.
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".