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Legendary U Street jazz club Bohemian Caverns will close on March 31, when the current five-year lease on the building expires. Co-owner Omrao Brown says business hasn’t been good, down 20 or 30 percent for two years. The club once hosted jazz giants the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Metro reopened its rail system at 5 a.m. today following a day of cable inspections. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • The chief U.S. district judge retired on Wednesday, the same day a woman accused him of sexual assault. [Post, National Law Journal, NBC News]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s D.C. General replacement plan is drawing scrutiny over ties to developers and high costs as the D.C. Council prepares to hear testimony on it today. [Post]
  • A man who was found last night unconscious on a D.C. highway ramp has died. He had been shot. [Post, NBC4]
  • Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, once wrote a decision that denied D.C. voting rights. [City Desk]
  • The mayor and sports-owner Ted Leonsis on Wednesday announced a new arena football team. [DCist, WBJ]
  • The Watergate Office Building—yes, that one—is up for sale after a multimillion-dollar renovation. [WBJ]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • Ward 7 Race: Candidate Ed Potillo dropped out on Wednesday, as Yvette Alexander and Vince Gray prepare to duke it out.
  • Breadcrumbs Are Food, Too: Many D.C. restaurants use breadcrumb not only for garnish but also flavor.
  • Riverside Transit: The Anacostia River Trail’s planned D.C.-Maryland connector is on track to open this fall.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Shelters could pay off big for Muriel Bowser  [Post]
  • Ed Potillo drops out of the Ward 7 race. [LL]
  • The J. Harvey-Ward 7 feud continues. [IndependentWashingtonian, Pitchfork, Stereogum]
  • Taxi commission allows shared riding for Metro disaster. [Post]
  • LivingSocial shuffles off to the grave. [WBJ]
  • Gene Simmons, arena football guy. [WBJ]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Legendary U Street jazz venue Bohemian Caverns is closing at the end of the month. [WCP]
  • How D.C. inspires local musicians Kokayi, Sara Curtin, and Nag Champa. [DC Music Download]
  • A Q&A with Rare Essence‘s Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson. [Post]
  • Come to our next Luce Foundation Center show, featuring Beauty Pill. [Arts Desk]
  • Bad BrainsR. is suffering from a rare neurological disorder. [Bandwidth]
  • Washingtonian says D.C.’s reaction to PJ Harvey‘s Ward 7 song makes us look like a “cowtown.” [Washingtonian]
  • An interview with Luke Stewart, Graham Boyle, and Mike Abrams about the Union Arts situation. [DC Music Download]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A dozen reuben sandwiches to try [Eater]
  • Critic Todd Kliman is leaving Washingtonian. [Twitter]
  • Where to find St. Patrick’s Day parties, food and drink specials [Washingtonian]
  • A guide to fried chicken [BYT]
  • What is vadouvan, and why is it showing up on so many menus? [Post]
  • Russia House serves Donald Trump’s defunct vodka brand.  [Vice]