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Sunday, December 9, 2007

WHERE: Parts of the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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WHY: Talking newspapers, Supreme golfing and Nixon says, "@#$%*#."

HOW FAR: About 40 miles from start to finish.

Do you want the good news first or the bad?

Let's start with the good: On a recent visit to the Newseum-in-progress, the media-saturated museum that is moving from Rosslyn to Pennsylvania Avenue NW, workers dangled a TV news helicopter from the ceiling of a seven-story atrium. They pried a slab of the Berlin Wall from a plywood case while the curator prepped the Wonkette founder's beaded bedroom slippers. All three will be among the hundreds of artifacts displayed in the 250,000-square-foot institution, which will feature 14 galleries, 15 theaters and two TV studios. The museum is definitely taking shape.

Now the bad news: The world's largest news museum has fallen behind schedule. The opening date now is set for next year's first quarter. But as with politics and weather, one never can be certain.

Until the unveiling, newshounds can still get their fix -- and fill. For example, in October celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck started taking orders at his restaurant, the Source, which resides in the Newseum. A few blocks north, diners can see red (or elephants) at Capital Q, the barbecue joint that catered a party at the 2000 Republican National Convention.

Of course, Washington is a newsy town, full of marquee news outlets, makers and breakers. "Washington, D.C., is the news capital of the country," says Susan Bennett, a Newseum vice president. And come early next year, ABC News will move its Sunday morning show "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" to Studio B in the Newseum. Stay tuned . . .

-- Barbara J. Saffir


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