The world has changed a lot since O’Fallon Police Detective Brian Gimpel began his career in law enforcement 18 years ago. “I never thought in my lifetime I’d have to go into a church and teach them how to prepare for a killer to come into their establishment — never,” Gimpel said. But that is part of his job description now. With the rash of mass shootings that have plagued the country, law enforcement has had to become more proactive when it comes to active-shooter events.
A retired O’Fallon District 90 teacher passed away from cancer Sunday. Ramah L. Merkel, 71, taught in O’Fallon elementary schools for 14 years and retired in June 2008. Her last post was teaching fifth-graders at Hinchcliffe Elementary. Prior to that, she taught all subjects for fifth grade at Marie Schaefer and Evans Elementary.
A former Shiloh mayor who led the village for two decades died Monday. He is being remembered for helping shape the village as it is today. Norman Ralph “Red” Acker, 83, died of kidney failure related to diabetes during his stay at Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center in Lebanon. He had been seriously ill for about six months, according his wife of 64 years, Joan Acker. “Everybody that knew him loved him,” Joan Acker said.
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".