Monster Mash: New York approves new skyscraper to rival Empire State; Kevin Spacey to play 'Richard III'
-- Changing skyline: New York's City Council has approved a new skyscraper by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects that will rival the Empire State Building. (New York Daily News)
-- Prestige project: Sam Mendes will direct Kevin Spacey in a stage production of Shakespeare's "Richard III" in 2012 as part of the transatlantic Bridge Project. (Theatermania)
-- Cracking down: Egyptian officials said they will implement strict measures to protect Egypt's cultural and archaeological riches following the recent theft of a Vincent van Gogh painting. (Agence France-Presse)
-- Send in the diva: Bernadette Peters, who is winning raves in "A Little Night Music" on Broadway, has been cast in another Stephen Sondheim revival -- "Follies," at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (Playbill)
-- Gearing up: Venice's prestigious architecture festival the Biennale is scheduled to open on Sunday. (BBC News)
-- Beloved character: The original Kermit the Frog puppet has been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. (CNN)
-- Willing participants: Hundreds of people have applied to spend a month in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry as part of a live experiment. (Chicago Sun-Times)
-- And in the L.A. Times: The Nazi-era Nuremberg Laws are moving from the Huntington Library to the National Archives; music critic Mark Swed reviews Leonard Slatkin and Sarah Chang at the Hollywood Bowl.
-- David Ng
Image: an artist's rendering provided by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects showing the proposed 15 Penn Plaza Center. Credit: Agence France-Presse / Getty Images