Japan’s Grocery Shelves Stripped Bare; Patina Embraces High School Students

• 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]

• Patina Restaurant Group has started a program for high school students with Santee Education Complex and A Place Called Home, to study at its flagship restaurant. [LAT]

• Federal prosecutors say they believe there bis enough evidence to extradite Bruce Beresford Redman, who stands accused of murdering his wife, the owner of Zabumba restaurant. [Daily Breeze]

• Riverside’s Casey’s Cupcakes, which just won the last season of Cupcake Wars, has struck a deal to sell its cupcakes in Orange COunty and Los Angeles Bloomingdale’s stores. [PE]

• Actress Isla Fisher joked about the outdoor grilling obsession of L.A.’s “Koala Mafia.” [Stuff NZ]

• 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 Kellogg’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]

Japan’s Grocery Shelves Stripped Bare; Patina Embraces High School Students