Q: How can we raise money for a Belleville swimming pool? Your paper had a small item that publicized one of these walks by the Parks and Recreation Department and that some of the money was going to the swimming pool fund. So we want to know how to raise money to get the pool back. Cathy Rainbolt, of Belleville A: Unfortunately for swimming enthusiasts, the only things floating in Belleville right now is talk about how a new city pool might be financed and maintained.
Q: I am just about to turn 70, and I have some grade school pictures taken in the 1950s that I want to enlarge. However, when I took them to a photographer, they told me they couldn’t do it because they had some kind of watermark (or something) and were copyrighted. For Pete’s sake, it’s been 60 years. How long can such copyrights run? A: I hope your family has good genes.
Q: What can I do with a household full of ionization smoke alarms, which say they contain ninth-tenths of a microcurie of the radioactive material americium? I’ve tried calling everyone I can think of, but nobody has been able to give me an answer. A: I know it probably defies common sense, but Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, an award-winning environmental group in Loves Park since 1988, says you can dispose of them with the rest of your non-recyclable garbage.
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".