This Google Maps mashup displays local news and pictures of any chosen location. To load the news and pictures just click on the map.
The application loads the latest geo-tagged pictures from Twitpic. The decision to use Twitpic photos rather than pictures from Flickr or Panoramio is an inspired idea as the pictures loaded tend to be from the last minute or so. This means that if anything is happening at a given location you should be able to view up-to date pictures of the event.
For example, my search for London has loaded some great 30 second old photographs of London covered in the latest flurry of snow.