This past year we brought you rising stars from around Chicago, but Vic Mensa is a star that has already risen. The 24-year-old rapper released his debut album "The Autobiography" in July. It's an honest tale about life from the Hyde Park native and citizen of the world. Raised on the South Side in a household of educators, Vic Mensa's parents always stressed school but it was on a family vacation where Vic started to visualize his musical dreams.
There's a warning out about the evolution of the so-called "tech support" scam. The Better Business Bureau says there are new ways thieves are going after your money and your identity. "This is an emergency call to notify you that the license key on your Microsoft Windows is expired" -- you may have heard calls like this before where there's something wrong with your computer. “When you get a call from a robotic voice, that usually is the tip-off to the rip-off,” said Steve Bernas of the BBB.
Chance the Rapper has made helping Chicago schools his mission, and instead of waiting for help from lawmakers, he is encouraging companies to fill the void. On Wednesday, Google did just that. Chance was a surprise guest for students at Powell Academy in South Shore. The rapper crashed a pep rally with a special announcement. Chance is teaming up with Google to help bolster computer science education throughout Chicago Public Schools.
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".