Accolades: The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday that Philip Levine, best known for his poems about working-class Detroit, is to be the next poet laureate. (Washington Post)

Starting Again: Syracuse University is involved in a new organization called the Syracuse Philharmonic Society that aims to bring symphonic music back to the city that lost its orchestra to bankruptcy this spring. (Syracuse Post Standard)

Precautions: London theatres cancel performances in response to riots around the country. (The Stage)

Controversy: Officials shut down a controversial art exhibition on Tuesday after a public protest and criticism from President Benigno S. Aquino III over artwork offensive to the country’s Christian majority. (New York Times)

Charity: Sketches by Michael Jackson will decorate the walls of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Jackson’s three children donated a dozen sketches drawn and signed by Jackson. (Los Angeles Times)