Near the end of the movie “Titanic,” as the big ship is about to plunge into the deep, Jack turns to Rose and says, “This is it!” almost giddy as the freezing water approaches. I feel a bit that way today as I write my last column for the Mercury News. Yes, this is it: After 40 years with the newspaper and more than 14 as a local columnist, I’m retiring. I’m almost giddy, though I wonder about the temperature of the water.
If everything the cops say about Marlon Coy is true — if even half of it is true — you can conclude that the accused Bear Creek arsonist is not the brightest man on the planet. He is, however, a potentially dangerous one. Let’s deal with the first part first. As sheriff’s deputies tell the story, this crime spree began on Sept. 28, when Coy brandished a 9mm semi-automatic pistol to steal a vehicle. Then, on Oct. 16, he allegedly brandished a gun in a quarrel.
As a bureaucrat, Harry Mavrogenes is a survivor. I first got to know him in the early 1980s, when he was a young member of Frank Taylor’s redevelopment staff in San Jose. After a stint in Florida in the 1990s, Mavrogenes returned to San Jose and wound up as redevelopment director himself before the once-powerful agency folded six years ago. While he’s no dynamic speaker, I always thought of Mavrogenes as a deal maker, a guy who was comfortable with numbers and the logistics of land use.
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".