Almost Halfway There: The executive director of the District of Columbia Board of Elections predicts 40 percent turnout for next week’s election, a significant increase over the 27 percent turnout at April’s primary. +5

Where in the World? The Wizards Marcin Gortat, who is from Poland, says there are people in NBA who don’t know where Poland is. Some of the apparently think it is in Africa-2

C’mon: Uber delivered kittens today to the Washington Post, ordered by a couple of employees. Luckily, the security guard at the Post had the good sense not to let the kitties into the building. -2

Mayoral Respect: A PoPville reader describes a creepy man at the Columbia Heights Metro as looking like “Mayor Gray but with more of a goatee.” -1

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