Readers aren’t the only ones who have noticed big differences between the boards’ estimated traveling times and reality — Seattle transportation officials have, too. Instead of displaying traveling times for getting through downtown Seattle, a sign overhead Aurora Avenue North on a recent morning commute displayed a secret, cryptic code — “*”. Just kidding: The sign was simply on the fritz.
First-time offenders will pay $136, and each ticket within five years after that will cost $234. Those totals, like other traffic fines, include fees for various programs, ranging from trauma care to vehicle-theft prevention. Get a ticket for the first time under Washington’s new law banning phones while driving, and you’ll pay a $136 fine. Caught again within five years and you’ll fork over another $234 each ticket.
Our safety relies on them. We tap without second thought. Yet to the average pedestrian crossing the street, exactly how push-to-walk buttons work remains a mystery. Do they send a signal to the stoplight to turn green sooner? Or, is it just a placebo to make impatient pedestrians feel like they have some control while they wait? Full disclosure: This question came from a Seattle Times staffer. But because everyone uses the buttons, we figured the answer was worth knowing.
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".