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As fans of

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

know,

Big Boy

never really went away: The

Kansas City Star

reports that

Elias Brothers

has announced plans to purchase 28

Shoney's

(SHN)

restaurants in Missouri and Kansas.

Let's go Krogering for the best of everything, including the price: Southern Californians aren't happily humming the Cincinnati-based grocer's pithy tune as

Kroger

(KR) - Get Report

gobbles up small food companies in Southern California. In the

Los Angeles Times

.

"Kroger is buying

Fred Meyer

(FMY) - Get Report

-- owner of the

Smith's

chain -- to create a grocery powerhouse designed to compete with giant retailers expanding into the supermarket business, like

Wal-Mart

(WMT) - Get Report

," reports the

Albuquerque Journal

.

The Russian government prefers rubles to rutabaga, according to an

AP

report in today's

Chicago Sun-Times

. "The question of sending humanitarian aid to Russia ... will not be discussed," said Deputy Finance Minister

Oleg Vyugin

.

Winemakers' cups aren't exactly runnething over: The

San Francisco Chronicle

reports that "Troubled about lackluster growth in wine consumption, local winemakers are embarking on their first industry-wide advertising campaign."

It's completely un-American, and something has to be done about it, pronto!

Miller Brewing's

(its parent is

Philip Morris

(MO) - Get Report

) shipments are as flat as day-old beer, according to the

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

.

The

Philadelphia Inquirer's

Andrew Cassel brings us a fiscal theory from

Peter Pan

. It's not the peanut butter, but if you wish real hard, things just might get better!

Yeah, I'll have some

Novocain

and some supersized fries to go! A group of doctors has discovered that potatoes, tomatoes and aubergines can prolong the effects of common anesthetics, even if they are eaten several days ahead of time, reports the

Telegraph

.