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Miller Googles Google

Most of us have used Google Maps, either to find out how to get from point "A" to point "B", or just to take a look at a place we've never been. It seems that some how, the post-Katrina satellite pictures of New Orleans have been replaced with pre-Katrina pictures.

Brad Miller,NC-13, chair of the sub-committee on investigations for the House Committee for Science and Techology wants to know why.

"Google's use of old imagery appears to be doing the victims of Hurricane Katrina a great injustice by airbrushing history," subcommittee chairman Brad Miller, D-North Carolina, wrote in a letter to Schmidt.(chair and CEO of Google, Inc.)

Early Childhood meets Capitol Hill

Last week, I traveled to Washington, DC, along with 16 other advocates for early childhood education from North Carolina. We attended a public policy forum, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). “NAEYC's mission is to serve and act on the behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.”

We spent a day in intensive sessions, learning all we could about specific issues and concerns affecting early childhood at a federal level. What are what are those issues? Find out below the fold.


I've done it twice.

I was supposed to be posting about affordable child care today. I have twice written posts, and twice lost them, because I take too long and forget to copy/save them.

However, the gist is this: I am going to Washington, DC next week with a group of advocates from the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (NC-AEYC). We will be visiting as many NC Congressmen as we can, and have an hour face to face meeting scheduled with Senators Dole and Burr. The meetings are focused on early childhood issues such as child care subsidy, head start reauthorization, etc. I will have to find a way to tie the OLF into that, I think. At any rate, please let me know if you have a specific family/child care/early childhood issue question that you would like me to address with one of our elected officials, and I will be glad to do so, if possible.

Ethanol Plant Planned in Cumberland County

From today's Fayetteville Observer

A Seattle company called E85 Inc. plans to build a plant north of Fayetteville that will produce 100 million gallons of ethanol each year.

The $200 million plant would be the company’s first and its flagship. E85 wants to build nine others across the country and use as much locally grown corn as possible.

There are plenty of incentives on the table. This could be the start of something big. More below the fold....


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