A state agency last week denied former Pittston Area Superintendent Ross Scarantino his almost $120,000-a-year pension, citing his guilty plea in the ongoing federal pay-to-play corruption investigation. In a letter dated July 22, the Public School Employees' Retirement System informed Scarantino, 63, the decision was made because he pleaded guilty in May to a felony charge for accepting $5,000 in February 2008 in exchange for his influence on the awarding of school district contracts.
A Wilkes-Barre police officer was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Saturday for face and nose injuries after being hit while trying to stop a domestic dispute. Officer Robert Collins was hit by Anthony Mathis, 25, when he and Officer Thomas Harding tried to subdue the man after being called to a domestic dispute at 63 Joseph's Lane at about 7:48 p.m. The female at the location told the officers Mathis had her cell phone and was threatening her.
Certified school nurse Donna Martin is stocking up on face masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and information on disease prevention, but she needs parents to join her in the fight to keep H1N1, also known as swine flu, from spreading in school. "Hopefully, hopefully, this is all practice and nothing happens," said Ms. Martin, who works with elementary students for Wyoming Valley West School District.
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".