Fifteen members of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation from across the state found themselves in the tiny town of Jean Lafitte recently for an environmental school hosted by Lafitte's own Better Swamp and Garden Club. Also in attendance were several Master Naturalists from New Orleans, and a high school science teacher from Fisher Middle-High School. The class presented issues dealing with land and water conservation, air quality, energy and waste awareness, and recycling opportunities.
On June 5, every parent's nightmare became a reality for Lafitte natives Ricky and Shannon Matherne. Their 14-month-old son Adam, slipped out of their home unnoticed as the family was getting ready to leave for their daughter's softball game. They found him lifeless in the family pool three minutes later. CPR was performed until EMS arrived and transported him to the local hospital where he was revived. He went 80 minutes without issuing a heartbeat on his own.
While students have been enjoying the remaining days of summer, I've been in the classroom getting ready for the first day of school. For my school-- Fisher Middle-High School-- that's Aug. 10. It's an exciting time. I come from a long tradition of teaching stretching back to my mother's father, and my father's mother, and continuing with my own mother and sister.
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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
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".