April 8th, 2008
07:21 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Eye on helping

Google maps is teaming up with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to let you see how the world is changing, as refugees move about looking for safe haven and basic needs we often take for granted: clean water, food and shelter. A new feature on Google maps now lets you zoom in on those refugee camps. The maps will also be used by humanitarian aid organizations. The UN will offer information about the refuges – where they’re from and the problems they’re facing.


Interesting to think about this story juxtaposed with last week’s bit about a couple suing Google for the same feature. The Borings (real name) of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania claim Google’s “reckless conduct” has "exposed” their private information.
A night in the county jail… not exactly what I’d call an ideal honeymoon. Seems one California couple’s wedding celebration got a little too rowdy for the neighbors – the cops came, the groom was tasered and the newlyweds were thrown in the slammer. I saw a blurb on this story yesterday, but today there is a little more detail from the neighbors and the police, so I’m glad I waited to share it with you.

And what a game last night! I caught the last few minutes of the NCAA Men’s Final – wow. Kansas rocked that overtime. I can’t imagine what it must have been like in the stands and on the court.

Just want to remind you that AFTER OUR SHOW you can check out the NCAA Women’s Final tonight. Yes, I know UConn was knocked off Sunday night by Stanford, but I am still rooting for the Cardinals tonight. Why? The obvious answer is I’m from CT and it would be sacrilegious to root for the (U of Tennessee) Lady Vols, even if they’re not playing the Lady Huskies. The not-so-obvious is that I like to see the wins spread around a little, and if it can’t be UConn (they, of course, don’t have to abide by that rule), then how about some new blood? It’s been more than a few years since Stanford won the NCAA tourney – perhaps that will change tonight.  

– Erica Hill, 360° Correspondent

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Brian

    The Google maps are great for a lot of uses, but this is a very good one.

    Speaking of refugees, what are we Americans going to do about this corrupted state of Georgia government who thinks they have the right to be a dictatorship in destroying the lives of America citizens when one tries move to other states to pusue better business and career interest in total defiance of the Constitution and the Federal Laws that are suppose to protect our rights as citizens of the United States. The state of Georgia is trying to force American citizens to have to live like refugees in our own Country and even trying kill those that move out of Georgia, and the Federal government refuses to do their jobs in upholding and enforcing the Constitution and the Federal Laws.

    April 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  2. Suzanne

    Sounds like I'm all alone rooting for the University of Tenn. Lady Vols on this blog, but I live in Knoxville which is their home base and its said our blood runs deep orange. So I'll root for my alma mater, UT, and just be glad when the best team wins – whichever that is!

    All the technological advances that Google makes astound me. I've seen the google maps used in a lot of different applications – the Jane Goodall organization uses it, so does the activist groups for the Appalachian mountains who are lobbying against strip mining, and genealogy groups use it to map out cemeteries in a county to research. Its certainly eye-opening to see all this. I don't blame the people though for not wanting others to be able to see their house on the internet – even though the applications of Google map has been good so far eventually someone with criminal intent will be sure to adapt it too.

    Looking forward to the show

    April 8, 2008 at 9:46 pm |
  3. Kathy, Chicago

    Erica, Sat night and Mon night were unforgettable. My son goes to KU. They were up most of the night with thousands of their new best friends. They welcomed the team back this afternoon and I think he is finally going to bed. Classes were cancelled today. Best part-I won the office pool!! The only ladies sport I really follow is horses, probably because it is what my daughter and I do together. i know I should support them all. I wonder with the new google pragram that their enemies can't track them as well. The plight of the refugees in Africa really needs to take more of our focus. Most of them are poor and defenseless. The governments seem to offer no help. Maybe we can turn from politics for a while to world problems. I took a three day break from TV, except for sports. I am really tired of seeing the one candidate I don't like, and he seems to be on TV always.

    April 8, 2008 at 9:04 pm |
  4. Alexander

    I need to get to watching more of the NCAA games. I don't ever really keep up with them. As for the Google issue. I can see how people might feel as if though their privacy or rights are being infringed upon. That is a natural tendency in human nature. Hmm. Perhaps Google should take this into more consideration for future use.

    April 8, 2008 at 8:55 pm |
  5. elisa

    my cousin goes to UCONN we're all disapointed too erica.

    April 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  6. Lilibeth

    My hats off to Google! What a great idea! I can’t think of a better use of technology...it’s so desperately needed. I hope other companies would follow suit and reach out to people in need just like Google did. Just think of all the refugees that will be helped! Kudos to Google!

    Well, sounds like the Cardinals have every reason to win the championship. Since you’re rooting for them, I’ll root for them too!

    See you tonight!

    Edmonds, Washington

    April 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  7. McGee, The OC

    If the UN is teaming up with Google, then we all should pray for Google's survival.

    Planet Earth's stable of nations does not need to have a space photo to know where displaced people are suffering, if not actually dying.

    They do need to somehow gather enough wisdom, coherence, and cloat to be able to force the culprit nations into halting such persecution once and for all.

    April 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  8. CJ

    It would be real cool if Google would come up with a maping system that would let us see Iraq in real time. Now that would be something to see. I am a Retired US Army Viet Nam Vet and I am so against this war. It is going to be this generations VietNam and I do not wish that on any one.

    April 8, 2008 at 7:41 pm |
  9. Jennifer NC

    Erica- have to agree that it would be great for Stanford to win tonight. I was pulling for UNC until they lost in the Elite 8. It is definitely time for someone besides Tennessee to experience the thrill.
    The Google Map story is really interesting..it is amazing how they keep coming up with more and more things to do with their technology.

    April 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm |

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