Lots of good things happened in the past week, and Patch compiled them, from a rare five-diamond restaurant in DC, to hopes that the National Zoo pandas are getting ready for a baby, and a Falls Church venue on a list of best fried chicken spots. Other good news headlines included a humanitarian chef, the safest school systems in Virginia, and more stories from Virginia and DC Patch sites this week. Share your local news, events and pics by clicking "+" at the top of any page.
WASHINGTON, DC – As if the recent 70 degree days weren't already a sign that winter is almost over, the days start getting longer in just a month. While spring doesn't pop up on the calendar until March 20, the first hint of it comes when Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. That means you turn your old-school clocks forward an hour when you go to bed Saturday night, March 10. The change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices.
You'd think Nevada — home to "Sin City" — would be America's most sinful state. But that's not the case, according to the personal finance site WalletHub, which ranked each state based on what it calls a "vice index." Florida ranked No. 1 as the most sinful with an index score of 57.27, out of 100, followed closely by California with a score of 55.76. Nevada ranked third with a score of 53.51. The folks in Vermont, the least sinful state, are virtuous in comparison.
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".