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Newseum Opening Delayed until 2008

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Newseum Opening Delayed until 2008

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The long-anticipated new home for the Newseum, slated for an October opening, will be a bit longer, according to The Washington Post, which reports it will now be delayed until at least 2008.

"Museum officials confirmed yesterday that, because of what they described as delayed construction deadlines, the $435 million project will not" meet its original opening day, the Post reported.

Charles L. Overby, Newseum chief executive officer, told the Post, "We are aiming for a formal opening in the first quarter of next year. We now have assurances that they will be done by the end of the year. We think they will be done by the end of November. Yet, having been burned once, we are holding up on setting a grand opening."

The Post attributed the delay to the "complexity of the building and the final installation of state-of-the-art electronics that has to be done after the general contractor, Turner Construction, is finished."

"We always knew it was going to be challenging," William Brennan, executive vice president of Turner, told the paper. …

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