About 250 to 280 Polk County residents will be questioned Friday about whether they can be fair and impartial in the murder trial of Nicole Finn, accused in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter Natalie. Polk County Judge Karen Romano on Thursday denied a second bid by Finn's attorneys to move the trial out of central Iowa, saying she reconsider the request if juror questionnaires reveal too much bias.
A Polk County judge will be asked a second time on Thursday to move the trial of Nicole Finn, who is accused of abusing and starving her 16-year-old daughter to death. The move comes less than two weeks before Finn, 43, is scheduled to stand trial on multiple felony charges in the Oct. 24 death of her adopted daughter, Natalie, in West Des Moines.
Every week, it seems, we hear stories of new schemes by hucksters who urge us to wire money for family emergencies, to claim lottery winnings or prizes, or help someone who created a fake profile on a social networking or dating site. Good news this month for those who have fallen prey: The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement on behalf of Americans who wired money through Western Union and learned too late they'd been had.
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".