Joanna Allhands: If you've seen someone you think is suffering from a mental illness but weren't sure how to help them, here's a guide. The man on the phone was clearly upset. “Yeah, hello? I need some help,” he said. “Tempe police officers picked me up on Mill Avenue, and they used voodoo to change my skin color.”He wanted someone at the newspaper to help him change it back. “Tempe police used voodoo to change your skin color,” I repeated, unsure of how else to respond.
Joanna Allhands: Kami Gilstrap died after a stray bullet hit her in the chest. This should anger every responsible shooter who fires in the desert. As a shooter, it ticks me off to see what’s happening in the desert near Buckeye. I’ve seen it before. Many times before. All over the trails that ring metro Phoenix. People think that because they’re out in the desert, they can make a mess of the place.
Joanna Allhands: From a heating and cooling standpoint, Phoenix may have it easier in extreme heat than those trying to stay warm in extreme cold. Pity those poor people on the East Coast this weekend, with their wind chills plunging to 30 degrees below zero. Or, actually, don't pity them. It's sort of an Arizona pastime to call our frigid brethren and gloat that it's 70-plus degrees. We don't care that they dish it right back at us when it's 110 degrees or higher for the 30th day in a row.
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".