The Richard M. Nixon presidential library finally has a home. It won't, however, be in San Clemente, where it was to be built on the site of Nixon's seaside Western White House. It will instead be built about 25 miles away in Yorba Linda, Calif., Nixon's birthplace. The decision to build the library there, which was apparently reached several weeks ago in a "handshake agreement" between library and city officials, was confirmed by Nixon's personal assistant John Taylor. The 74-year-old former president reportedly would like the $25 million building to be constructed next to the house where he was born. Nixon was irritated by the four-year delay in getting the library project approved by the San Clemente city council, and in a recent letter to a San Clemente newspaper, he said he appreciated an earlier editorial that blamed a "bumbling city council" for delaying approval of the library project.

Yorba Linda is working quickly to make the library a reality: It's already in the process of purchasing six acres of land from the local school district for $1.3 million and estimates that the library could be completed in a year.

Out and About

Washington is about to get an authentic diner. It's been years since anyone has wanted to build one in this town of expensive, overdone restaurants. But Jeff Gildenhorn, who owns the Fishery and several other food operations in town, has found a New Jersey firm that built some of the great diners of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. He's ordered a stainless steel diner, based on a 1945 model, and Gildenhorn expects it to be in place by early next month at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Morrison Street NW. It will be called the American City Diner, in neon, of course, and will have an "Eats" sign and a neon "Air Conditioned" sign with one of the letters flickering as if it's burning out. But it won't be a place to find sushi or nouvelle anything. There will be authentic grill cooks and real diner food -- meat loaf, eggs, mashed potatoes and coconut cream pie -- and it will be open 24 hours a day. It's an idea that could catch on ...

Jessica Steinbrenner, daughter of the New York Yankees' unlovable owner George Steinbrenner, was married Saturday in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York to Joseph Molloy, a basketball coach at St. Lawrence Academy high school in Tampa, Fla. The bride works for American Shipbuilding, her father's company in Tampa. There were no Yankees at the wedding, unless one counts baritone Robert Merrill, who sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the games and who sang "Ave Maria" at the wedding. Some big-money friends of Steinbrenner did attend, including Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, developer Donald Trump and Broadway producer Jimmy Nederlander ...

Designer Calvin Klein and his wife Kelly were in Middleburg this weekend horse hunting. They ended up buying a Thoroughbred show hunter from trainer Charlie Vascoff, and later in the day the couple celebrated the purchase at Mosby's Tavern with Kelly Klein's father, Tully Rector, who lives in Middleburg ...

There is little love lost between Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Pat Oliphant and Berke Breathed, the creator of the popular comic strip "Bloom County." Last April, when Breathed won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, Oliphant let it be widely known that he considered Breathed's work insignificant and undeserving of the high honor. Last week the young Breathed, who once described Oliphant as his cartooning idol, struck back. He created a "scab" replacement for the Opus character in his strip, who is supposedly on strike. The new character looks suspiciously like Oliphant's Punk the Penguin and Breathed has named him Ollie Funt, who can't make it in the Breathed strip and is envious of Opus' success. Oliphant, who syndicates his political cartoons out of his home here, has been visiting in his native Australia, so it isn't known if he's seen the jab Breathed's taken ...