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    A giant tennis ball promoting the French Tennis Open was suspended beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Thursday. The tennis competition begins Sunday at the Roland Garros stadium, running through June 8. The clay-court event draws the best men’s and women’s singles players each year.

No more cars on Lombard Street

SAN FRANCISCO » San Francisco will temporarily close a popular tourist spot that’s known as the "Crookedest Street in the World."

The city’s Municipal Transportation Agency unanimously voted Tuesday to ban vehicles along a stretch of Lombard Street, the oft-photographed, well-traveled curvy and winding thoroughfare, for four consecutive weekends. The closure begins in late June and includes the Fourth of July weekend.

MTA spokesman Paul Rose says that an average of 2,000 vehicles per day travel on the street during that period.

The temporary closing, at the request of Supervisor Mark Farrell, was in response to complaints by residents wanting to curb the street’s chronic gridlock mostly due to curious tourists, especially during the summer.

The city will evaluate the impact of the temporary closure.

Martha Stewart joins foodfest

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. » Martha Stewart will appear at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival in July, participating in cooking demonstrations and book signings during the July 25-27 event.

The New Jersey native and member of the state’s Hall of Fame will be at the festival’s Breakfast by the Sea, Grand Market and Dinner by the Sea events. Stewart also will participate in The Burger Beach Bash, where she will make the "Martha Burger."


Jay Z’s club takes flight in Atlanta

ATLANTA » Jay Z brought his 40/40 Club to the world’s busiest airport Wednesday, opening the swanky bar’s third location at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

40/40 is open to ticketed passengers, according to spokes­woman Victoria Hong of Dela­ware North Cos., which partners with the rap mogul. The sports bar is in the airport’s Concourse D concessions area.

40/40 restaurant and lounges also are located in Manhattan and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they are known for their live music and sports memorabilia and for attracting sports celebrities and music stars such as Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.

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