By Times Staff
Briefs from around the bay area.
Baker family vacation: a trip to the Brickyard
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will take his family to this weekend's Indy 500. The mayor, who once lived a few miles from the Indianapolis speedway and saw his first Indy race when he was 9, is confident that St. Petersburg will keep its own race even if the Champ Car series and the Indy Racing League ever merge. His reasoning? It's just too popular to eliminate.
Judge allows lawyer for Ronnie One Arm
Ronnie One Arm stood by his lawyer Thursday. Ronald Trucchio - who is charged in connection with a wide-ranging conspiracy including murder, robbery and extortion - told a judge that Joseph Corozzo Jr. is his "most valuable asset" and wants to keep him. That, even though Corozzo is under investigation for witness tampering and obstruction of justice. The judge said okay. Corozzo, son of the reputed consigliere of the Gambino crime family, is "very pleased."
Buddha's back, and boy is he serene
The missing 600-pound gold concrete Buddha is back in its serene spot at the Sakura Restaurant and Steak House of Japan in Stuart. A tipster called the owners with its whereabouts - an office park - after it was stolen over the weekend. Buddha got a ride home aboard a flatbed truck. There are no suspects.
"VFW posts - I've been in a few in my lifetime. I don't know what you go there for other than to consume alcohol for the most part. They do good things in the community. ... But I just don't know that a VFW post and a school should be sharing facilities.''
- Janet Clark, Pinellas School Board member, arguing Tuesday to change contract language as the board considered a measure to let Seminole Elementary and VFW Post 9272 use each other's land for parking.
* Andre Talley stabbed his wife in front of the couple's 5-year-old daughter in May 2003. A story Thursday misstated the gender of the child.
* Comments by then-Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Guy Tunnell about U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and the Rev. Jesse Jackson were made at an agency meeting, not in e-mails. A story Thursday was incorrect on this point.