MacKenzie Elmer, public safety reporter, has been with The Des Moines Register since July 2014. MacKenzie has a passion for investigative news and speaks fluent Spanish. Tips? Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter at @mckelmer or by phone at 515-284-8088.
Abshir Omar announced Monday afternoon that he was suspending hisÂ Des Moines City Council campaign for three days to mourn the loss of his brother-in-law, who was killed in Saturday's truck bombing in Somalia. Omar, 26, told the RegisterÂ that his brother-in-law,Â Ahmed Eyow,Â died when two bombs exploded outside a Mogadishu hotel, killing more than 300 people. It is the deadliest terrorist attack inÂ history and one of the worst in the world in recent years.
Des Moines animal control says it's time to cut back on the number of chickens allowed in the city limits. Sgt. Jim Butler, chief humane officer for the Des Moines Police Department, is proposing a 15-chicken limit per home and at ban on all roosters. He'll present his plan to the Des Moines City Council during a Monday morning workshop. "Most of the times you don’t hear anything about it because most fowl owners are good neighbors," he said.
Linda Kenkel had to wait nearly two weeks for the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office to return her son's body for cremation. A shortage of forensic pathologists at the state office has delayed — sometimes for weeks — the return of remains to family members. It's a problem that dates back to 2016. Now, it threatens to cost the state lab its national accreditation. Kenkel found her 29-year-old son dead Sept. 25 on the bathroom floor in their Dubuque home.
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".