There’s a good chance that the temperature in Des Moines will hit 39 degrees today. In case you have forgotten, that is above freezing. It feels remarkably good after a run of weather that made our faces feel like we were applying liquid nitrogen for lip balm or makeup. I didn’t wear gloves or a hat this morning. But I, like lot of you, have mentioned more than once over the past couple of weeks that I wasn’t a huge fan of wind chills of 30 below zero. Well, we should stop our complaining.
Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson was in Iowa in mid-December to speak to classes and to headline a gala for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. I interviewed her briefly at the Iowa Historical Building, near a display containing one of her International Space Station flight suits.
Polk County has taken to the online auction house GovDeals.com to sell an unusual item that measures 112 feet by 60 feet -- a basketball floor once used at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The 20-year-old floor has staged the Harlem Globetrotters, high school sports teams, and dance and drill competitions, the listing notes. As you can imagine, all that basketball trickery and back-flipping has left minor wear and tear.
88 year old Des Moines Register subscriber can’t get her paper. Received one paper since Thanksgiving. Family reported this. Crickets. Dedicated customer service line and chat are not answered. My 85 year old mother was on hold an hour and 45 minutes trying to protest rate boost.
Trying to help 88 year old friend and my parents negotiate with Gannett over Des Moines Register price increase and delivery problems. No answer on phone for days. Chat bot gets no response. Thinking of calling attorney general. Guess DMR doesn’t care.
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".