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Students from at least two local schools participated in today’s Global Climate Strike to demand action against climate change. We followed Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) students as they walked to Roxbury at noontime to hold signs.

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We asked one student, sixth-grader Hugh, what he and his classmates hope will happen:

Students from another independent south West Seattle school, Westside School (WSB sponsor), rallied too. Thanks to Jeanne for these next two photos:

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The biggest rally in Seattle was this morning at Cal Anderson ParkThe Seattle Times estimates 2,500 participants – followed by a march to City Hall for an afternoon gathering.

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A homeless encampment on public and private property near NW 46th Street in Seattle. (City of Seattle)

When homelessness and crime upticks in a city like Seattle, people don’t notice to a great degree. But when it happens in a relatively small, peaceful town like Covington, the change is more apparent.

Republican Kristina Soltys is a newcomer to politics, and is taking on an incumbent for Covington City Council. A mom and community activist who’s lived in Covington for well over a decade, she joined the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH to discuss how a growing sense of unease on the streets motivated her to run.

“Well over a decade ago, it (Covington) was just this beautiful, strong, secure non-toxic city, and it was easy to raise your family there,” she said.

“What really awakens a mother, and someone whose parents are in city and someone who works primarily with seniors who are telling you that they don’t feel safe walking into Safeway and Fred Meyer after dark, that hits me in a soft spot,” she continued. “I have done a couple of ride-alongs with our police throughout the night … and it’s these trails one after another where homeless camps are, things you would not have heard of before.”

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For Soltys, it’s not that Covington is becoming a place where gangs roam the streets or anything of the sort, it’s simply that with added growth, the city is not able to handle some of the issues that come with growth, and needs to add more police and take a more aggressive role in solving safety issues.

“At many hours and throughout the night, there’s only one police officer patrolling Covington.

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Vape from an e-cig. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Public Health – Seattle & King County on Friday confirmed another case of severe lung disease associated with vaping.

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A woman in her 30s is now the fourth person in Washington State to have been confirmed with severe lung disease – the second in King County.

Two additional cases in Spokane County, a patient in their teens and a patient in their 20s, were confirmed earlier this week.

Health officials said the woman was admitted to a King County hospital this month after reporting shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

The woman has been released from the hospital and is recovering, health officials said.

“The patient reported vaping THC products purchased from legal pot shops as well as nicotine containing products without THC,” health officials said in a news release.

Public Health officials are investigating the specific devices and products used.

Concerns over vaping continue to ramp up in King County, statewide

“This recent case confirms that the risk for lung injury from vaping and e-cigarette use is ongoing in King County. Youth, young adults and pregnant women should never use e-cigarettes or vape,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said.

More than 500 cases of lung illness, and eight deaths, linked to vaping have been confirmed nationwide, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.