Joey Vento Undergoes Surgery for Colon-Rectal Cancer; Kids Who Drink Four Loko Are More Likely to Become Alcoholics

• Cheesesteak agitator Joey Vento undergoes surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for colon/rectal cancer. [6 ABC]

• Area high school students working together as the Great Food Fight have collected 64 tons of food to help Philabundance feed the region’s hungry. [KYW]

• On the International Space Station, half the food is American and half Russian; astronauts dine on freeze-dried shrimp cocktail, but very little (crumb-producing) bread, says NASA’s space-food manager. [SmartPlanet]

• An undercover video shot by a U.S. Humane Society investigator shows alleged animal abuse at a Texas egg farm. [CNN]

• Venezuela’s largest privately held company has declared intentions to expand its food production, despite threats of expropriation from president Hugo Chavez. [Canadian Business via AP]

• More bad news for Four Loko and its ilk: A study reveals that teens who consume energy drinks of any type are more likely to become alcoholics. [Healthland/Time]

• On the heels of a 10 percent food-cost increase in China last month, the Chinese government has announced it will provide food subsidies for poor families. [Guardian UK via AP]