LOWELL -- Surrounded by storytellers in the Acre, Dave McKean took it all in. McKean, whose grandparents emigrated from Ireland, listened to the first-generation parishioners at St. Patrick Parish in Lowell. Eventually, he started writing down their memories. "I heard from the old people about them dancing in the streets, about the St. Patrick's Day celebrations," McKean, 64, said a few days before St. Patrick's Day.
BILLERICA -- As his 7-year-old daughter frolicked in the snow with the family's German shepherd Wednesday morning, Dan Deresh finally took a breath after hours and hours of digging out from more than two feet of snow. Make it four feet if you include the snow piled up at the end of his North Billerica driveway. "The snow was so high," Deresh said, gesturing with his hands, approximately 48 inches high. "It hasn't been fun."
LOWELL -- There was no beating around the shamrock Thursday night. This year's St. Patrick's Day Dinner, packed with laughs and zingers, was all about the outgoing city manager -- and his potential successor, who co-hosts the event with him. Kevin Murphy told the crowd it was "bittersweet" to co-host his final roasting as city manager. The annual event raises money to support a local organization. This year's beneficiary was the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.
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".