The magic is back in Birmingham. "We are an interesting place," said Birmingham native and veteran journalist Verna Gates. "It is an interesting place to live. It is a vibrant culture where things are deeply felt and acted on." Gates plays tour guide to her hometown - something she loves to do -- in her new book, "100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die," which is available now from Reedy Press. The book isn't just for natives, Gates said.
In October, the city of Birmingham will begin seeking input from residents in its attempt to tackle the negative effects of gentrification in neighborhoods. This is the first phase of an estimated yearlong effort by a newly formed 70-member task force. The body is made up of individuals from government entities, community service agencies, higher education, financial services and neighborhood groups.
Birmingham Mayor William Bell accused his opponent Randall Woodfin of choosing self-interest over the children of the city when he testified three years ago on behalf of two women who were involved in stealing nearly $500,000 from the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity. "You testified in a case that could have destroyed the Head Start program as well as JCCEO," Bell said to Woodfin, during the WVTM Channel 13-sponsored debate, which aired Thursday night.
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".