The Washington Times is preparing to publish an experimental edition that would be the first afternoon newspaper in the nation's capital in seven years, Times officials say.

The non-subscription edition, which will be sold for 25 cents on the street, will include updated national, international and sports stories, said Ron Godwin, Times senior vice president.

"It's designed to attract the attention of the professional on his way home with news that he hasn't heard about or didn't read about in the morning paper," Godwin said Wednesday.