There’s nothing wrong with employee appreciation. But the D.C. Department of Human Services may have picked the wrong day — the year’s hottest  so far — to shut down for an “employee recognition celebration.” WJLA-TV’s Tom Roussey reports that more than 500 gathered at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Panorama Room for the party, leaving phones and offices unmanned at a crucial city agency for most of the day. One woman, calling to clear up an insurance snafu, said she “was on hold for two hours and 34 minutes, before I finally got hung up on.” Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who attended the event, said this morning, “I think if it were revisited … I think it would be done differently.”

In other news:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office again rules Redskins trademark should be canceled (Post)

Residents are having a hard time getting insurance coverage through D.C. Health Link (Post)

In “Mayor for Life,” “there’s only one person Barry can’t grapple with: himself” (Loose Lips)

Among Barry’s least favorite people: Chris Rock, Sulaimon Brown, Harry Jaffe (Loose Lips)

Ken Cummins, aka Loose Lips the First, notes the irony of Barry’s book title (Post column)

Hizzoner thinks the Olympics could build affordable housing (DofDLoose LipsDCist)

Lorie Masters and Karl Racine are thinking about attorney general runs (DofD)

Mark Tuohey: “I could contribute” (WRC-TV)

Can churches help pull families out of shelters? (DofDDCist)

A “mountain” of D.C. real estate debt is coming due (Digger)

A lot of reasons why expanding the Capitol security perimeter is a terrible idea (GGW)

The young and educated are increasingly willing to live on the east side of town (GGW)

Jay Mathews: Replacing Kaya Henderson “would create an unholy mess” (Post column)

Jonetta Rose Barras: Why hasn’t Henderson “pulled out all the stops” to keep Patrick Pope at Savoy Elementary? (Post column)

Three non-teacher DCPS unions ratify contracts (WAMU-FM)

David Catania holds hearing today on special education bills (WJLA-TV)

Guilty verdict in retrial of D.C. man accused of beating elderly vendor (Post)

Council advertises for soccer-stadium consultant (WBJ)

State Department takes another step in Foggy Bottom consolidation plan (WBJ)

While funding remains unsettled, GSA moves to award St. Elizabeths contract (WBJ)

Acting VA chief promises improvements to D.C. center (WRC-TV)

A defense of Muriel Bowser’s decision to wait on debating Catania (Blade op-ed)

More on Courtney Snowden, who is giving up Democratic party post for (Metro Weekly)

Hey, parents: Stop telling this guy where to send his kid to school (City Desk)

The new Frederick Douglass Bridge could be a whole heck of a lot better (GGW)

DDOT makes clear that homeowners can’t commandeer adjacent park space (Hill Rag)

Why a relocation to RFK site could be what finally kills the Redskins name (Express)

Bowl game’s move punched a $300,000 hole in the Events DC budget (WBJ)

ANC overrules neighbors’ objections, votes to allow Xavier Cervera’s new Blagden Alley bar (SALM)

Meanwhile, in bankruptcy case, debtors want Cervera investigated (WSJ)

Want to avoid a #hotcar? Stay away from the 5000 series (Dr. Gridlock)

Metrobus changes take effect Sunday (Dr. Gridlock)

Safeway isn’t cutting it for Mount Vernon Triangle residents (District Source)

Anti-gay-marriage march today on the Mall (WaTimes)

What we’ll miss at the National Zoo’s invertebrate house (GOG)

Kenneth Ellerbe’s farewell will include salmon “enhanced with a lemon dill sauce” (@Tim_Day_DC)