The problems with all-cashless tolling have bubbled up even before the Tappan Zee shuttered and the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge began carrying traffic across the Hudson. Some drivers have discovered huge fines, and even had their cars impounded, even though they say they received no warning nor toll bill beforehand.
Are you facing a stack of fines from the cashless tolling system at the Tappan Zee/Cuomo Bridge crossing? Even if you are in collections, you can get rid of them, starting next week, as the New York State Thruway Authority launches an amnesty program from Jan. 22 through Feb. 26 that will allow drivers to make good on their original toll costs and have their fines forgiven. And, for goodness' sake, get an E-Z Pass.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the day a third-grade classmate, named Sandy, showed up at school after her dad shot and killed her stepmom. We had all been whispering about it on the playground, where we gathered before school started, telling each other whether we had heard the gunshots in our neighborhood, if our parents told us what happened, and wondering what would happen to Sandy now. Then we lined up to go into class and there she was, standing there, with the rest of us.
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".