Sixteen people have committed suicide on Metra tracks so far this year, just shy of the 20 recorded in all of 2016 — and even as the agency has launched a campaign to prevent such tragedies. More than a year ago, Metra officials started a training program to help engineers, conductors, managers and station agents identify people who appear to be suicidal or otherwise in some kind of distress. So far this year, 166 employees have trained in Metra's mental health and suicide awareness program.
Authorities are seeing a big jump in distress calls from boaters and others on Lake Michigan this year -- with a fair number of them turning out to be false alarms or the work of pranksters, according to year-over-year statistics kept by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard received 55 total distress calls, real and fake, through the end of June last year along the lakeshore that includes Chicago and nearby suburbs.
Authorities are seeing a big jump in distress calls from boaters and others on Lake Michigan this year — with a fair number of them turning out to be false alarms or the work of pranksters, according to year-over-year statistics kept by the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2016, the Coast Guard received 55 such distress calls along the lakeshore that includes Chicago and nearby suburbs. But this year, the agency has responded to about 400 rescue calls so far on the lake.
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".