Jake Arrieta warms up in Mesa, Arizona, last month. Credit: AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Wednesday, March 2, 2016

  • Weather: The snow disappears, but it will remain cold

After a snowy Tuesday, there won’t be any flurries Wednesday. But temperatures will remain below freezing, with a high of 31 and a low of 26. There will at least be some sun. [AccuWeather]

  • Cubs announce Jake Arrieta as Opening Day starting pitcher

Hopeful Cubs fans are thrilled that 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will be the team’s starting pitcher for the first game of the year. The Cubs will open the season in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels on April 3. [ESPN]

  • The Shrine nightclub finally closes

Since it opened in 2009, the Shrine has attracted a wide array of hip-hop and rap artists, from Drake to Kendrick Lamar to Jay Z to Lil’ Kim. But the nightclub had become infamous in the neighborhood following a string of shootings over the last year. After a man was shot in the head outside the Shrine in February, it was the final straw for the city. [Tribune]

  • Proposed River North sex club isn’t going to open

River North residents went into an uproar in November when a fetish lounge called Galleria Domain 2 submitted a zoning application to open a new location at 356 W. Superior. But the club withdrew the application in February, Chicago’s deputy commissioner of planning and development told DNAinfo Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Cops blame gangs for spike in murder rate

The Chicago Police Department is blaming the dramatic rise in homicides in 2016 on increased gang violence. There were at least 95 homicides in January and February, which is the most recorded since 1999, according to CPD. [USA Today]

  • China’s famous terra-cotta warriors are now at the Field Museum

The thousands of life-size terra-cotta warriors buried with Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang became a world-famous symbol of the nation when they were uncovered by farmers in the 1970s. Now some of the iconic statues are on display in Chicago in the Field Museum exhibit “China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors,” which opens to the public March 4. [DNAinfo Chicago]