Grapevine: Kick in the teeth for soccer star

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Zero Intolerance

Children in Florida are now permitted to eat pastries and other food without fear of being kicked out of school by overzealous teachers and administrators.

As we've told you before, the so-called "Pop-Tart bill" was cooked up after a youngster in Maryland was suspended for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed the bill into law, saying students should not be disciplined for actions like -- quote -- "brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item to simulate a firearm or weapon, using a finger or hand to simulate a firearm or weapon, or using a pencil, pen, or other writing or drawing utensil to simulate a firearm or weapon."

Cough It Up

The IRS has been all over the news recently for losing information and e-mails.

Well, now the tax collectors have agreed to fork over $50,000 for leaking taxpayer information.

The payment is part of a settlement reached with the National Organization for Marriage after a donor list containing confidential information was released to a political rival, and then published.

The conservative organization says it is pleased but there is still digging to do.

Quote -- "While...the IRS has been exposed as being responsible for this leak of our confidential information to our political opponents, we believe that the IRS may still be hiding information from the American people"

Kick in the Teeth

Finally, Uruguay soccer star Luis Suarez is facing a possible two-year suspension for allegedly biting an opponent during a World Cup match yesterday.

He has been punished for biting twice before, something 167 lucky gamblers must have known when they placed a bet that the striker would revert to his chomping ways.

The odds were long -- 175 to one -- so the payday is big -- a total pot of nearly $75,000.

A final decision on punishment will be made before the weekend.