Brookline Superette Robbed at Gunpoint; Grannie Needs Booze to Stay With It

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• Two men flashed a "black and silver" firearm and ran off with a "pile of cash" at Coolidge Corner's normally quiet Brookline Superette; they're still at large. [Patch]

• The next time you see Grannie, be sure to pour her a drink: A German study suggests light to moderate alcohol consumption can protect against dementia even in the 75-plus crowd. [Wine Spectator]

• A fraternity hazing ritual sent a University of Virginia student to the hospital when he had to eat "dog food, matzo balls, gefilte fish, and soy sauce." We feel ill just reading about that. [Fox News]

• Movie theaters are seeking exemption from calorie-labeling laws for chain restaurants. Nice try, guys … [NACS]

• High-school heroes: Two 15-year-old girls got Kellog's to pledge that it will try to limit deforestation caused by the palm oil it uses in products like Frosted Flakes and Girl Scout Cookies. [Grist]

• In Japan, "grocery store shelves have been stripped bare, as wary residents brace for the threat of a nuclear disaster at quake-damaged power plants to the north." [St. Catharines Standard]