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Just a few days before the election, state investigators swooped into the Clackamas County elections office on suspicion of felony-level ballot tampering. A volunteer elections worker is accused of filling in Republican choices for races that voters left blank, though it's unclear whether the number of ballots affected is as few as two—or as many as 200. Clackamas has recently been plagued by elections problems, including in 2010 when the county office accidentally listed two races on the primary ballot that weren't supposed to happen until November. SARAH MIRK

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Should Portland become one of the few cities with guaranteed paid sick leave? Worker advocates are pushing city council to consider an ordinance, similar to measures passed in Seattle and San Francisco, that would require larger employers to let workers accrue paid sick leave. About 40 percent of Portlanders in the private-sector lack paid sick time, which is about the norm for America. We're the only developed, industrialized nation where sick leave is not a right guaranteed by federal law. SM

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Portland's "Working" Kirk Reeves has passed away, say friends of the well-known musician who often played cornet for commuters on the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. Amid rush hour traffic, Reeves, 56, regularly set up a music stand and magic show on an outcropping of curb, instantly iconic in a white tuxedo and Mickey Mouse hat. Reeves moved to Portland in the early 1990s and played quirky gigs around town, including hosting a public access TV show. SM

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