Good morning Columbus. What you need to know: Positive or negative news, city riverfront plan, SWAT standoff, it’s tourney time, cashier-less store

Good morning Columbus —

Make sure that story is positive. Or, we want a positive headline on that.

Editors and reporters occasionally get those refrains after an interview, after a meeting and after an event.

Our reply is this: We don’t do positive. We don’t do negative. We do news.

Positive or negative, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. And, of course, most issues are nuanced and complicated, neither all positive or all negative.

The examples of that are all over the place right now — here in Columbus and well beyond.

Here’s a sampling:

Dog kennel proposed. Tonight a large crowd is expected to debate whether a dog kennel that would breed up to 100 small dogs a year should be allowed north of Hope. Click here for all the details.

Complex for the homeless. There’s the story about a proposal to establish apartments for the homeless at the former Faith Victory Church building at 1703 Home Ave. Neighbors certainly want to help the homeless but are concerned about what the apartments might mean for their neighborhood. Story here.

Complaints against police. Then there’s the discussion about how the city handles complaints against the Columbus Police Department are handled after two organizations voiced concerns about the process. Here’s the story.

Pence in Israel. And right now another example is happening on the world stage with Columbus native and Vice President Mike Pence, who is trending on social media for comments he made this morning before Israel’s parliament.

The U.S. will open its embassy in Jerusalem next year, ahead of schedule, Pence announced.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others other gave Pence a standing ovation. Arab lawmakers in Israel’s parliament have been tossed out from the house for heckling Pence.

Super Bowl. Finally, there’s that super matchup on Feb. 4. The Patriots are going for back-to-back Lombardi Trophies.

Positive or negative? Neither? Both? You be the judge.

Here’s what else you need to know today —

Transforming the Columbus riverfront: What should it look like.
Today’s the day when a design group presents a plan for revitalizing the area between the Second and Third street bridges. What’s proposed? Several outlooks of the river, connections to the People Trail system and an in-water recreation park. Want to go to the meeting? Details here.

The Columbus Riverfront project would include overlooks along the East Fork White River, as envisioned by architect Hitchcock Design Group. Submitted | Hitchcock Design Group

SWAT standoff in Columbus.
A man reportedly pointed a firearm at another person on Ross Street Sunday night. Read about it here.

It’s tourney time: Find out where North and East are playing.
The opening week’s pairings are set for the 43rd Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament. Link here.

This store has no cashiers.
You’ll need to go to Seattle to give this a test drive, but Amazon is debuting its artificial intelligence-powered store this morning. By combining computer vision, machine learning algorithms and sensors, Amazon can tell what people have purchased and charges their account. All the details here.

Columbus Instapic from thewinterstein: Winter, you’ve done well, now move along.

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Scarlett Syse is group editor of The Republic. Contact her at ssyse@therepublic.com.