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Lacey is safer than Olympia, study finds

Of the 25 safest cities in Washington state, Olympia ranked 12th while Lacey edged its neighbor to place 11th, according to a company called Safe Home. Safe Home studied FBI and U.S. Census data to arrive at its rankings.

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Defendants plead not guilty to weed-growing charges as raids continue

About a dozen people arrested in connection with a major three-county illegal marijuana grow operation that was broken up by authorities late last month were formally arraigned in Grays Harbor County Superior Court last week. All the defendants entered not guilty pleas. They are among dozens arrested in raids that started Nov. 28 in Grays Harbor, Thurston and King counties. Authorities have seized about 35,000 plants valued at more than $80 million.