A few items from over the weekend to make note of:

• Vera Zvonareve has pulled out of the French Open due to an ankle injury at the Family Circle Cup in April.

• Nobel Prize winner Robert Furchgott, a Charleston native died late last week. His work led to a number of breakthroughs regarding cardiovascular disorders, memory loss, and erectile dysfunction.

• Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican and pride of the Nascar dads, was scheduled to wave the green flag in Charlotte on Sunday.

• Traveling arts columnist Howard Kissel is having a blast in Charleston during the Spoleto Festival.

“Dignity is not a word you often see in conjunction with an American city, but it seems inevitable to describe Charleston.”

• South Carolina’s issue with gay tourists is back in the spotlight as other cities, including Baltimore and Seattle, are putting big money into the resilient niche market.

“In times like a down economy, this market is more ready to travel, and we need that,” said David Blandford, spokesman for the Seattle Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.