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😥 On this date in 1970, Paul McCartney announced the breakup of The Beatles. All four were still in their 20s.

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ğŸŽ§ Sounds like: "There's No Business Like Show Business" by Ethel Merman

Today's newsletter is 949 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Cleveland's big moment

Fans at the Guardians' home opener take in the eclipse. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

It lasted only three minutes and 50 seconds, but Monday's total solar eclipse capped one of the biggest stretches of tourism in Cleveland's history.

The big picture: All eyes were on Northeast Ohio last weekend between the eclipse and the NCAA women's Final Four, with the Wall Street Journal calling Cleveland "The New Center of the World."

Why it matters: Destination Cleveland estimated the Final Four on Friday and Sunday and the eclipse on Monday would bring a combined 200,000-plus visitors to town with an economic impact of more than $50 million.

The latest: The tourism group told Axios it won't have official totals on visitors and impact until at least July.

By the numbers: Both days of the Final Four drew sell-out crowds of 18,200 people to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, according to the Cavaliers. An open practice on Saturday attracted more than 11,000.

  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame did not release specific numbers for its SolarFest, but said Thursday through Monday was likely its best five-day stretch in terms of attendance since the museum opened in 1995.
  • The Guardians' home opener was also Monday, drawing a sellout crowd of nearly 35,000 people to a renovated Progressive Field.

The big picture: Sunday's NCAA championship broadcast between South Carolina and Iowa — which featured numerous shots of downtown — averaged 18.7 million viewers, the most in women's basketball history.

What they're saying: "Being on the path of totality for the solar eclipse has and will continue to deliver big benefits to our tourism economy," David Gilbert, CEO of Destination Cleveland, said in a statement.

  • "Events like this put us in the national media conversation and generate word-of-mouth recommendations — that's marketing we can't pay for."

2. Playhouse Square acquires Greyhound station

Cleveland's Greyhound station. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

The Playhouse Square Foundation last week purchased Cleveland's historic Greyhound Station on Chester Avenue.

Why it matters: The $3.35 million acquisition of the bus terminal and the adjacent land from Twenty Lake Holdings, a subsidiary of Alden Global Capital, paves the way for commercial and residential development by an entity that says it is committed to the building's historic preservation.

What they're saying: A spokesperson for Playhouse Square told Axios that there was limited information to share about the site's plans or the project timeline.

  • "In the meantime, we are committed to respecting the historic integrity of the building and to working with the City of Cleveland and Greyhound to ensure the transition to Greyhound's new base of operations occurs on a timetable that works for all parties," the spokesperson said in a statement.

Catch up quick: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority told Axios in November that it was in talks to relocate Greyhound's bus operation to the Puritas Rapid Station, 11 miles from the current site.

  • Additional departures have also been proposed at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center downtown.

The latest: An RTA spokesperson told Axios that as of this week there were no developments to report in those negotiations.

Go deeper: Greyhound stations are leaving downtowns after sale to notorious investment firm

3. The Terminal: Wholesale headlines

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Sam Randazzo, the former state public utilities chairman who faced criminal charges over the House Bill 6 scandal, has died by suicide. (Dispatch)

⚡️ FirstEnergy customers whose electricity rates skyrocketed last summer should see prices dip this year as the utility is buying wholesale power for less. (

🚂 Norfolk Southern has reached a $600 million settlement intended to offset costs related to the 2023 derailment for the people of East Palestine and surrounding communities. (Axios)

🏢 The new owners of 200 Public Square plan to expand the retail amenities on Euclid Avenue, along with a suite of other building improvements. (NEOtrans)

🍨 Canal Park, home of the Akron RubberDucks, has added something called the "meat sundae" to its Extreme Food Menu. (614 Now)

4. Cavs Corner, Week 24: Dumpster fire!

Bickerstaff has been doing a lot more complaining than coaching. Photo: Chris Coduto/Getty Images

The vibes are anything but immaculate as the Cavs limp and sputter to the end of the regular season.

Record: (46-33); Last week: (46-30).

Weekly slate: Loss at Phoenix (122-101); loss at Los Angeles Lakers (116-97); loss at Los Angeles Clippers (120-118).

The latest: The Cavs were up by 26 points against the Clippers on Sunday before disintegrating, ending their West Coast road trip on a demoralizing note.

The big picture: With only three games remaining in the regular season, the Cavs' tailspin has jeopardized their postseason aspirations.

  • They'll be battling to retain a top six seed in the Eastern Conference this week.

🚫 Weekly winner: Not applicable.

😭 Weekly loser: J.B. Bickerstaff. After the Clippers loss, the team was openly questioning their head coach's defensive strategy in the locker room, which is never a good sign.

  • Barring a miraculous playoff run, Bickerstaff looks like he may be on the chopping block.

What's next: A three-game home stand — all theoretically winnable games — to close out the regular season.

  • Tonight vs. Memphis; Friday vs. Indiana; Sunday vs. Charlotte.

5. 💬 Quote du jour: Guardians lose their ace

Bieber out. Photo: Alika Jenner/Getty Images

"It's just an injury that I'll get past. I'm not the first person, won't be the last."
— Guardians ace Shane Bieber discussing his season-ending elbow surgery during a press conference Monday.

Zoom in: Bieber said he felt soreness during his Opening Day start against the Oakland Athletics on March 28 and against the Seattle Mariners last week.

  • He plans to have Tommy John surgery as soon as possible to begin recovery, which can take up to 18 months, according to Major League Baseball.

Between the lines: Bieber, 28, won the American League Cy Young Award in 2020 and is in the final year of his contract.

Thanks to our editor Lindsey Erdody and copy editors Rob Reinalda and Yasmeen Altaji.

Our picks:

🥩 Sam is not above a cold beer and a "meat sundae" at the ballpark.

✒️ Troy is off getting another tattoo in an attempt to complete his back piece.