I want to use a story from my high-school past to introduce this month’s column. Ruth Cheloff, my high-school senior English teacher, often took time out in class to encourage us to go on to college. She raved about the Ivy League schools, Ohio and Kent State universities and Youngstown State. On this particular day, however, student John Lee could stand it no longer.
It never ceases to amaze me that when election time comes around, especially when local candidates and issues are at the forefront, many people fail to cast their ballots. David Skolnick, The Vindicator’s political writer and city hall reporter, recently wrote elections board directors were expecting low voter turnout Tuesday. In fact, David wrote, it could be a historic low turnout. In Mahoning County, the prediction is 17 percent to 18 percent; and 20 percent to 25 percent in Trumbull County.
One of the oldest, if not the oldest, organizations dedicated to the preservation of black history is having its annual conference in Ohio, and one of Youngstown’s native sons will be a featured speaker. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and others in 1915, will have its 102nd conference in Cincinnati on Sept. 27-Oct 1.
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".