I thought driving through the area during a peak travel hour would be a good experience. I would learn how drivers felt when they called, frustrated with traffic congestion. I could share their frustrations and tell them I knew just how they felt. Boy, did I ever. But I also learned something more that morning. A minor accident had occurred on an exit ramp near Lufkin High School. I watched the dozen or so flaggers, standing almost shoulder to shoulder.
The Lufkin district has many work zones set up daily through its nine counties, and there are many workers, both TxDOT and contract employees, trying to do their jobs, finish the workday and head home to be with their loved ones. The troubling thing about that is the workers are not the only ones who have a responsibility to stay safe in work zones. Drivers also have a huge responsibility to keep themselves safe as well as the workers who stand within feet, sometime inches, of moving vehicles.
I never thought much about hurricanes in the years that followed until we experienced hurricanes Rita and Katrina here in East Texas. Whether you experienced property damage or were part of the traffic congestion on U.S. 59 as thousands of people evacuated their homes to escape the devastating storms, they left their mark on you also. Maybe it was the long lines for gasoline or the lines at the grocery stores that were unforgettable, because they did not end for days.
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".