First, to clarify the location of the map (which may be ambiguous from my post)...
It's on the newspaper site, not in Google News itself. In particular, it's embedded in the "Bay Area & State" news story template of SFGate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle's online edition. The Chronicle covers the entire SF Bay Area.
I wonder if you could provide some screen-grabs of this?
At last discussion, links to screen grabs were discouraged by WebmasterWorld linking policy, but I'll check into it.
For the moment, I'll provide a direct link to the news story, which is non-commercial and non-partisan, and also some links to other SFGate regional pages with news maps. (Local Forum Mods... please feel free to delete the links if you wish.)
I'd searched Google News for [alameda elections]. Alameda is both a small town on an island and a larger county, and the news story was about the county elections. The county offices are in Oakland, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco metro area.
The map on the news page... towards the bottom of the story on the right... may turn out to be more informative over time than the screen grab... at least as long as the regional SFGate template doesn't change and break the reference. I'll describe what we're seeing for future users just in case.... Runoff likely for Alameda supe seat
Note that the flag on the map for this story pinpoints the location described in the story's photo caption fairly well...
"Its one of the slowest I've ever seen," elections judge Claire Smith said at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church on Tuesday in Oakland.
Also note that the local Alameda County news stories flagged on the map are changing over time. At the moment, eg, there's no obit pinned to the cemetery, as there was when I first described seeing this. The cemetery is the large gray area just south-east of the green Claremont Country Club, at the top of the currently-displayed map. The map shifts position to accommodate the text-balloon identifying the news story, and you can refresh the map by refreshing the page.
Here are several other links to other local area or neighborhood pages within SFGate. The maps in these pages locate the "Local Headlines" and are in the middle of their pages... In Alameda
- here Alameda the town, on the island
...] In the Mission
...] In Contra Costa
The maps are all "Powered by Google". Don't know how the geo information is entered, but it would be interesting to find out.
The other localization features and ads on these pages are worth looking at, and they suggest that some newspapers may figure out (in partnership with other suppliers) how to use local yet. I've long felt that local papers, including the free local weeklies... have been sitting on treasure-troves of information not touched by any of the local search engines, but not making good use of it.