Q: Here's something I was wondering about after the Equifax data breach. Can one opt out of having a file kept by the credit bureaus? Has anyone ever posed this question before, or is it the product of the strange workings of my mind? M.B., SanduskyA: You are not the first person to ask me this. But you cannot opt in or out of the credit bureaus keeping files on you. Might be nice, though. The bureaus compile information provided by banks, other creditors, public records, etc.
Third Federal Savings in Cleveland has launched an unusual mortgage initiative on the eve of the spring home-buying season. Third Federal, one of Cleveland's largest lenders, is offering to allow prospective home buyers to apply for pre-approval now and lock in an interest rate for up to 60 days, even before there's a bid on a home. That could be huge in this interest rate environment. Every week of this year -- for nine straight weeks -- mortgage rates have inched higher locally and nationwide.
Q: Last month I received a letter from Social Security telling me how to access the online account I had just established. The letter also told me to dial an 800 number or visit a Social Security office if I had not opened such an account. Two days later I received a second letter about my change of address request. I had done neither of these, so I went to the Akron Social Security office. The people there were friendly and professional.
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".