Houstonians, rejoice, for there is more good recycling news. Soon (but alas, not soon enough!) you’ll be able to recycle glass and plastic bags. Today the Houston City Council approved a 15-year contract with FCC SA to process the city’s recyclables. The new contract will allow you to include the additional materials in your green curbside recycling containers in about 14 months, when the recycling company completes construction of a processing plant on the northeast side.
It's been quite the year, Houston. We don't need to remind you of the most newsworthy happenings in 2017, which many of our most-read stories this year reflect. There are a few surprises here, though—such as your deep love for Boom 92 (RIP), old battleships, and hotel pools. Below, our most popular stories from 2017. Behold, the No. 1 most-read Houstonia post of 2017!
If you’ve been downtown recently—specifically, to the courtyard in between Three Allen Center, Two Allen Center, and Motiva Plaza (formerly known, surprise, as One Allen Center)— you might have noticed a little robot keeping an eye on things. It’s not R2-D2 in disguise, as far as we know, but it’s close: The K5 security robot helps its human counterparts keep office workers safe by patrolling the area and scanning for threats.
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".