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MPD Considers Change To PSA Boundaries

The Metropolitan Police Department is hosting a series of meetings to discuss proposals to alter the boundaries of the city’s 83 Police Service Areas.

A meeting for the First District, which includes Capitol Hill and surrounding neighborhoods, is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 6 in the First District station, 415 Fourth St. SW.

According to NELink, an electronic newsletter published by residents of PSA 106, the PSA boundaries would be altered to match the 39 neighborhood clusters used by the District for planning and other activities.

The current structure, first introduced in 1997, replaced the 138 beat areas once used by MPD to patrol the city.

Designed to foster community involvement with officers, the PSAs are the smallest division of MPD, which also operates seven police districts and three Regional Operations Commands. The First District encompasses 12 service areas.

Commentary from the meetings will be presented at D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams’ (D) Crime Forum II on May 10 at Scripture Cathedral, 810 O St. NW.

Veterans Project Seeks Asian Pacific Americans

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project will sponsor a lecture by World War II veteran Francis Sogi on Thursday to mark the beginning of Asian Pacific American Heritage month.

Sogi’s presentation will begin at noon in the Mumford Room of the James Madison Building.

A member of the Five-Star Council, which serves as an advisory group for the Veterans History Project, Sogi is also a founder of the National Japanese Americans Veterans Council. He served in both the Military Intelligence Service and the Counter Intelligence Corps.

In conjunction with the heritage month, the Veterans History Project is seeking both Asian and Pacific American veterans to record oral histories.

The project collects interviews from both civilian and military veterans of World Wars I and II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. Information is available at

Museum Celebrates National Space Day

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will mark National Space Day on Thursday with a variety of activities.

The museum will host former astronaut and Ohio Sen. John Glenn (D), along with NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe and Museum Director Gen. Jack Dailey, among others.

An opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. will honor 17 student teams from 10 states for their spacecraft design proposals.

— Jennifer Yachnin

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