<new at 11... Violence against Americans continues across the globe... In response to a film that has offended many muslims.
Plus... Pope Benedict is on a 3-day trip promoting peace between Christians and Muslims.
We've enjoyed some nice weather lately but we have some rain on the way and another cool down. I'll cover the 7 day forecast, coming up.
The Braves are still six and a half games behind the Nationals in the NL East... But they're not going down without a fight. Highlights from their Game 2 win in sports.
And she's America's guilty pleasure... Austin Lewis sat down with Alana Thompson... Look out Central Georgia.. Here comes Honey Boo Boo.>
<this is Eyewitness News at 11>
Good evening... Thanks for joining us.
I'm Candace Adorka
Protests over an anti-Islamic film have now spread outside of the Middle East... to Australia.
<"WE ARE DEFENDING OUR PROPHET MOHAMMED, WE ARE DEFENDING HIS HONOUR.">
Muslim activists demonstrated at the U-S consulate in Syndey.
Police sprayed the crowd with what appears to be pepper spray, and protesters threw objects at police.
At least one officer was hurt, and fellow officers dragged him away.
The trailer of the film "the Innocence of Islam" is said to depict the prophet Mohammad in a negative and disrespectful way.
It sparked the first protests in Tuesday, when a mob rushed the U-S consulate in Libya and killed the U-S ambassador and two other consul employees.
Since then riots and protests have popped up in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa... Including Israel... Yemen... Iran.. Iraq...Egypt... Sudan... And Morocco.
In Cairo, Egypt... officers cleared protestors from Tahrir Square...
Now a concrete barrier blocks the entrance to the American embassy there.
President Obama is calling on all nations to protect Americans serving overseas.
But even as some of the demonstrations subside - Al-Qaida is urging protestors to keep up attacks on U-S embassies.
The pope is on a three day trip to lebanon to promote peace among people with different beliefs.
Anna Matranga was in the crowd as he gathered with young christians in Beirut.
A FESTIVAL OF SONG AND DANCE GREETED POPE BENEDICT AS HE ARRIVED AT A YOUTH RALLY IN BEIRUT
THE CROWD CHANTED AND WAVED FLAGS AS THE POPE BLESSED THEM FROM THE POPEMOBILE.
SOT FADY HADDID
I'M SO EXCITED BECAUSE ITS AN HISTORICAL VISIT FOR US AND FOR LEBANON.
SOT RITA MARYA MIKHAEN
EXCITED, HAPPY AND I WISH THIS WOULD NEVER BE OVER.
AS CIVIL WAR BLAZES IN NEARBY SYRIA, AND VIOLENT PROTESTS RAGE THROUGHOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD, THE POPE DELIVERED A MESSAGE OF PEACE AND SUPPORT.
THE PONTIFF URGED YOUNG CHRISTIANS NOT TO LEAVE THEIR HOMELANDS... SAYING..
SOT POPE reuters IN FRENCh
YOU ARE MEANT TO BE THE PROTAGONIST OF YOUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE.
DRIVEN OUT BY VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION AND POVERTY, ONLY 5 PERCENT OF THE MIDDLE EAST IS NOW CHRISTIAN, DOWN FROM 20 PERCENT A CENTURY AGO.
SOT VALERIE VAAKRLINA
HE KNOWS WE NEED HIM, TO SHOW ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT HE IS HERE FOR US, THAT HE WILL HELP US TRANSMIT THE MESSAGE TO THE WORLD
STANDUP ANNA MATRANGA, BEIRUT
THIS IS THE POPE'S FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN LEBANON AND YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE MIDDLE EAST TO SEE HIM.
HE TOLD A GROUP OF SYRIANS THAT HE ADMIRED THEIR COURAGE, AND HAD NOT FORGOTTEN THEM.
SATURDAY, THE POPE ALSO MET WITH POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS, AND SAID LEBANON SHOULD BE A MODEL OF RELIGIOUS PEACE FOR THE REGION.
ALMOST 40 PERCENT OF THE LEBANESE PEOPLE ARE CHRISTIANS, FAR MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
BUT THE POPE'S APPEARANCE DREW PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS.
SOT RULA ABOUBAKER/LEBANESE MUSLIM
FOR ME HE IS FOR ALL LEBANESE, FOR ALL HUMAN BENGS, HE IS COMING WITH A MESSAGE OF PEACE NOT ONLY FOR ONE RELIGION, BUT FOR ALL HUMANS.
SUNDAY, THE POPE WILL PRESIDE OVER AN OPEN AIR MASS, WHERE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.
Back in the U-S-- The Obama administration revealed how it plans to cut more than 100-billion dollars in spending from the budget.
The cuts will affect everything from government salaries to after-school programs.
Military personnel and the Department of Veterans Affairs will be exempt from the cuts.
The Department of Defense will also be able to shift funds, so that critical military readiness would not be impaired.
The administration did acknowledge that cuts would have negative impacts-- for instance they'll reduce services for military families, and decrease preparation of non-deployed units.
Congress will probably wait to address the cuts until after the presidential election.
If you're frustrated with your bank and considering dropping it altogether, you're not alone...
There are nearly 10-million American households living without a checking or savings account.
That's according to a new F-D-I-C report just released this week.
The report also says at 10 percent-- the South has the largest percentage of "unbanked" residents.
The national average is eight-point-two.
Census data shows nearly 40-percent of the country's poor live in the Southern states-- and experts say that leads to more unbanked residents.
The FDIC report says some of the reasons people don't use financial institutions are a lack of money, high bank fees, or a mistrust of banks.
American Airlines is the latest carrier to lighten pilots' loads with the help of some cutting-edge technology.
They'll soon be able to access manuals and charts on iPads in the cockpit.
The F-A-A approved the use of tablets last year, but American is the first to use them from gate to gate.
The change is expected to save the airline more than a million dollars in fuel alone.
United Airlines has been paperless since last year, and many other airlines have even been using flight apps that do not use wi-fi.
One of Georgia's top schools... plans to close down its journalism program.
Emory University made the announcement this week.
The 160 Students already in the program will be able to finish their courses.
The journalism department director says the 16-year-old program has grown in the past few years... and that the move surprised faculty members.
One of the school's Deans says the arts college has too many departments... and it's stretched to the limit.
Emory also plans to shut down its division of educational studies as well as the physical education and visual arts departments.
Millions of viewers across the United States are tuning into The Learning Channel's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," Staring a family from Wilkinson County.
Honey Boo Boo and her mother... June Shannon... Met several members of the media-- including our very own Austin Lewis.
She has the story.
<Alana Thompson "Honey Boo Boo": WMAZ I love you and you better redneckonze.>
That's Alana Thompson
but you know her better as Honey Boo Boo...
TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo" ... has millions of viewers from across the country.. tuning into the Wilkinson County family every week.
In Macon.. The Alana and her mother, June Shannon, held a press junket...where media from across the state and the Southeast came to see the the pint-sized reality TV star. Shannon says despite the attention...life hasn't really changed that much for the family.
<June Shannon: It hasn't changed that much, Mike still works seven days a week, we still live like everyday people, the only difference is pretty paparazzi is following us on the weekends and we've got tons of fans who come to the house >
But one aspect that *has* changed... Is security
Earlier Saturday... we saw a small group of photographers stationed outside of their McIntyre home...
<June Shannon: We do have a security guy, um it's just for our extra security purpose for us to be able to feel more better. >
But not everyone is star struck by former Toddlers and Tiaras star.... Critics of the reality show say it doesn't portray Wilkinson County in the best light.
<who doesn't mudball in Wilkinson County there is a lot of people who do, who doesn't fart inside their own house, who doesn't burp, who doesn't have fun with their kids, who doesn't spend time with their kids, everybody does that.>
<I mean I didn't say that I represent the whole county. I represent my family, even though we live in Wilkinson County I don't represent the county as a whole. >
Shannon says one thing that they will continue to be... is the same family from Wilkinson County.
<June Shannon: Alana just like the other girls is going to stay in public school. There's rumors that we're going to move to Macon in a million dollar mansion not true. We're going to GMA not true. That we're going to Tattnal Square not true, so it's like we're not, m y kids are going to stay in public school all the rumors you hear unless you hear it come out of my mouth, they're all fake. >
Even though now fans stop to take photos outside of Honey Boo Boo's house...
The family says what she see on the screen is what you get.
<Alana Thompson June Shannon: Are you a celebrity? I don't know. She really don't realize how much famous she really actually is. Yes I do. Oh you do realize. I'm 100 percent famous. Tell'em you better redneckinze it's a wrap. You better redneckinze it's a wrap, yo.>
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
June Shannon said she didn't know if the show will be on for a second season-- fans will just have to tune in and see.
A music festival from the 1970's became a part of Byron history, and today, that history was was put on display.
City Officials and Festival goers were on hand to dedicate a historical marker at a site on US Hwy 41, next to the Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron.
That's where the second Atlanta International Pop Festival was held.
The three-day festival was like Woodstock, featuring the Allman Brothers, B-B King, and Jimi Hendrix.
It brought about half a million people to Peach County.
<I would like for another pop festival to be gave here. When it happened, I was 21. That was one of the greatest time I have had and I seen more people in Byron than I have ever seen.>
<it was a point in our lives that where we was undergoing great changes. It was during the civil rights movement, during the hippie movement, all sort of changes going on, the vietnam war. This is reminiscent of all those things and brings a lot of that stuff to mind. >
Mayor Larry Collins says he hopes that this is the first step for future events to be held at the historical site.
A local outreach ministry in Houston County gave back to the community today with health education and school supplies.
New Life Global Outreach Ministries held their 2nd Annual Back to School Giveaway Bash and Health Screening today at the Houston Mall in Warner Robins.
Different vendors were on site--- including Houston County Healthcare, The Phoenix Center and many more.
The event offered free school supplies, food, music, and blood pressure checks.
There was also a bounce house for the kids.
<it needs to be more positive things happening because there is so much going on now and especially for the young people, the kids because they are getting influenced by so many different things. This is a awesome thing a positive thing, something positive, so this is a must need that constantly needs to be happening. >
Pastor Doretha Rivers coordinated the event.
She says the community can look forward to more events like that one in the future.
A celebration of Native American culture kicked off today at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.
More than 6-thousand people were expected to come out to learn about native american heritage.
The 20-12 Ocumulgee Indian Celebration offered arts and crafts for kids, storytelling and entertainment like singing and dancing.
Some who attended say it gives a first-hand glimpse into early Central Georgia history.
<we been enjoying the music and being able to find out some of what the history is on some of the dream catchers, my husband is a big fan of, the stones, again seeing the face paintings and learning what the things are, you only get to see this history in the books, so you are getting to see it face to face and it's interesting and it's different >
This marks the 21st year the Ocmulgee National Monument has held the event.
The Indian Celebration continues tomorrow from 10am - 6pm.
That is the show for tonight... But we're back again tomorrow at 7... For Weekend Mornin'
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
Have a great night everyone.