Consumer Outlook is a periodic column looking deeply at the travails of consumers today — from taxes to purchases to using services. If you have an idea for a column, email Jeff Platsky at email@example.com. Jeff soon will look at cellular telephone dead spots in New York. If you know of annoying dead zones, please email Jeff with the specific location and your provider. Tax payments to New York don’t end at the personal income tax the state takes from your paycheck. That's only the beginning.
Sears' nearly century-long run in the Binghamton region comes to an end this weekend. At the close of business Sunday, the legendary retailer will shutter its Oakdale Mall store. On Thursday, shoppers were picking over shelves and racks displaying the few remaining goods. Most of the merchandise had been cleared from the two-story store. Only limited apparel, tools and appliances were tucked into a small space on the first floor near the store's mall entrance.
An Albany region home improvement contractor has been fined nearly $5,000 for repeated consumer rip-offs on home pavings jobs in Broome and Tioga counties, said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Richard Williams II, operating under the business name of R. William Paving, went door-to-door soliciting business. He and his associates sought to pave or repair driveways but performed poor quality or incomplete work, the attorney general's office said.
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".