Jason Jones was driving up County Road 81 on his way to enroll at North Hennepin Community College, the beginning of what he hoped would be a career in the sciences. It was his platoon sergeant from the Minnesota Army National Guard on the phone: Jones was going to Baghdad. It wasn't the first time his dreams were interrupted, and it wouldn't be the last. Jones, 34, raised himself from age 15, when his parents divorced. "It was rough, it was tough, it was raw," said Jones.
They call it “Suicide Hill” because the homeless and addicted people who gather there sometimes pass out and roll down the embankment into traffic. The area, near where Lyndale and Hennepin intersect in a crisscross of bridges, underpasses and grassy meridians, has been the site of assaults, fights and accidents. Inebriated members of an extended “family” of homeless people often stumble into heavy traffic.
You've probably been thinking, as I have, that we need a bit more traffic chaos in the city, a few more barriers to our daily commute. Well, we're in luck. Next Monday, MnDOT will close Franklin Avenue, where it crosses over I-35W near the Electric Fetus record store, to rebuild the bridge. That's the good news. Bridges are good. Just last week, the city started striping 26th and 28th streets to extend the protected bike lanes from Portland Avenue to Hennepin Avenue. Nice. Bikes are good, too.
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".