Ariel Worthy

Digital Producer

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Ariel finally made a “big move” 45 minutes down the interstate to the University of Alabama where she studied Journalism and International Studies. During her time in college she interned with Tuscaloosa News, a daily newspaper in her college town. After college, she got her first job back in her hometown with Birmingham Times, a weekly where she served as reporter and editor. Ariel made an even bigger move to Pittsburgh and joined the 90.5 WESA family as digital producer. She is adjusting to experiencing actual cold weather. 

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In front of the Zone One Police Station on Pittsburgh's North Side, a police car blocked the entrance. Its lights were on and a blue wreath hung from its front grill. It was the squad car once driven by Officer Calvin Hall, parked in observance of an End of Watch ceremony to commemorate Hall's death days before.

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Residents from Lawrenceville told Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday that they were happy to see inclusionary zoning coming to their neighborhood. 

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Pittsburgh’s police department had 84 police recruits last year, and according to a yearly statistical report released last week,  only four of them were black. That’s less than 5 percent of the class, in a city where African Americans make up roughly one-quarter of the population.

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Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved adding more inclusive language for the LGBTQ community in its anti-discrimination ordinance. The rule now defines the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression," which weren't previously defined. 

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Bullets that go up have to come down, warned Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. He warned that shooting firearms in the air in celebration during the Fourth of July could have deadly consequences. 

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Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb said the city has largely been on budget for the first six months of the year. Two departments have overspent in their budgets though: the police bureau and the emergency medical services department. They have spent 53 percent and 54 percent of their budget, respectively. 

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After two weeks of door-knocking in Pittsburgh's North Side, Pittsburgh United will hold a community meeting for residents to see if they are eligible for programs in the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Housing Opportunity Fund. 

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A Pittsburgh City Council committee meeting turned tense Wednesday amid discussion about approving a contract between the city's Ethics Hearing Board and two outside attorneys.

The board is seeking to contract with attorneys from two law firms: Rothman Gordon and DeForest, Koscelnik, Yokitis & Berardinelli. The contracts would be worth up to $45,000 combined, and would cover  services rendered during campaign finance hearings earlier this spring as well as future services.

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A colorful makeshift book drop box sat in front of the podium in the lobby of the United Steelworkers building in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday evening. One by one, employees stated their names and positions with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system. They then dropped their signed union cards in the drop box. 

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A Syrian refugee who came to the U.S. three years ago plotted to bomb a church this spring to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq, federal authorities said in announcing the man's arrest Wednesday. 

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved spending $10 million from the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Housing Opportunity Fund on Tuesday.  

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Residents in Allegheny County will have the chance to test-drive new voting machines next month. The county's Division of Elections will host a series of demonstrations involving the voting systems, one of which the county will purchase and have installed for use at its 1,300 polling places in time for next year's presidential election.

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Bobby Wilson toppled Pittsburgh’s District 1 City Councilor Darlene Harris, following a sometimes bitter election fight, likely removing the sharpest critic of Mayor Bill Peduto from the nine-member body. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

The city of Pittsburgh is postponing enforcement of its controversial gun legislation, a move made amid multiple lawsuits surrounding the bills. 

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A handful of candidates are hoping to replace Pittsburgh's District 9 City Councilor Ricky Burgess in next week's primary, but he says it takes years to make the connections he's made over the past three terms. 

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In recent years, Pittsburgh City Councilor Darlene Harris has frequently opposed Mayor Bill Peduto's agenda. But if she's sometimes alone around the council table, she is now in a three-way race for reelection in City Council District 1, north of the rivers.

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"All of those in favor of adult recreational cannabis use in Pennsylvania, raise your hand and please say aye," Lt. Gov. John Fetterman asked a Pittsburgh crowd. 

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The City of Pittsburgh's annual finance report for 2018 was released on Wednesday and it showed that the city had an uptick in employment and gave out less parking tickets. 

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It's just over three weeks before the May primary, and some candidates for city office are facing off with Pittsburgh's Ethics Hearing Board, though they may not all face the board in person. 

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The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police announced Thursday that the majority of its policies are now published online. Those policies include the bureau's code of ethics, use of force policy and its rules on critical incidents, such as police-involved shootings that result in death or serious injury. 

Police Chief Scott Schubert said that the move was part of the bureau's efforts to promote transparency. 

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Pittsburgh City Council approved granting $77,500 to Gabriel Despres on Tuesday, a payment to settle a federal lawsuit Despres filed after former police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich beat him in 2015. Matakovich is serving a 27-month prison sentence as a result of the incident outside Heinz Field.

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Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb has launched a new website that allows visitors to see how and where the city's budget is spent. 

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After months of debate, hearings and protest, Pittsburgh's controversial gun legislation is officially on the books. Mayor Bill Peduto signed gun control bills which, if allowed to go into effect, would ban the use of some kinds of weaponry within city limits. But the city may well have to win a legal standoff with gun-rights advocates before that can happen. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

The Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval Tuesday to gun restrictions proposed after last year's synagogue massacre, inviting a legal challenge by gun-rights activists who have long tangled with the city over firearms.

Teresa Crawford / AP

On March 12, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed a groundbreaking anti-discrimination ordinance to bar discrimination against pregnant women and their partners. The measure had moved quickly – Council passed it two weeks after its introduction – despite providing a significant expansion to existing protections for workers. 

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Two candidates running for the District 1 seat on Pittsburgh City Council, Quincy Swatson and Chris Rosselot, have withdrawn from the race.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday green-lit its controversial gun-control legislation by a preliminary vote of 6-3. 

Keith Srakocic / AP

Pittsburgh City Council amended its controversial gun-control legislation Wednesday, making some provisions dependent on state approval, while adding new language councilors said the city can enforce on its own. 

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

According to the Detroit News, a police video shows that Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner cursed at Detroit police officers and grabbed at one of them during an incident at a Detroit hotel last week. 

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Matt Drozd has announced a bid for Allegheny County Executive. Drozd is County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's only declared challenger so far. 

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