A Capital Idea?

Despite reports that Mary Tyler Moore was seen strolling out of Annapolis Realty this week with various people in tow -- in the past we have heard rumblings that Moore perhaps is interested in purchasing a house in these parts -- her rep assures us she was only "sightseeing, not purchasing."

So, she's not buying a house here? "Correct," Mara Buxbaum said succinctly. When we called Annapolis Realty, they were just as glib, saying: "We can't talk about that."

Blowing in the Wind

We're happy to report that, right smack dab in the middle of the FBI Web site (and in the middle of a Code Orange), for your reading pleasure is a rather detailed explanation regarding what we dubbed earlier this week "Flag-gate."

"To our surprise," the site reads, "we've had a lot of questions recently about the flags and banners you see flying in this picture of FBIHQ." (Questions? From whom?) The hubbub started when WTOP's Mark Plotkin discovered that one of the flags outside the headquarters did not display the proper number of stars. We learned that it's part of a "historical ceremonial display." But since it's not clearly marked as such, some citizens -- mainly Plotkin -- seemed to have taken offense.

"Since 1975, at the dedication of our HQ building, we have been proud to be part of Pennsylvania Avenue, 'the Nation's ceremonial route' -- our role, to illustrate the development of the Stars and Stripes since 1775. Ten historic flags are flanked on either side by today's 50-star flag, representing the 50 states of the Union," the site explains. Then it offers a flag-by-flag guide, which you are welcome to read at www.fbi.gov.

Though we're positive the FBI has better things to do than to talk about its choice in flags, we do offer thanks for clearing up the situation.

Noted . . .

NBC News gals, watch out. Rob Lowe has his eye on you. When Elle magazine asked the pretty boy "What woman is your guilty fantasy?" the happily married actor confessed: "It used to be Peggy Noonan. She's attractive and has that patrician WASPy thing. Now all I watch is cable news. I've definitely noticed Norah O'Donnell and Campbell Brown." Our only question: Is the peacock network considered cable? . . . While Brit sensation Keira Knightley certainly turns heads to and fro, there's one chap who doesn't turn hers. The 19-year-old stunner, touted as Hollywood's newest star, says neighhhh to the future king of England. "Prince William definitely isn't my type," the actress said, according to London's Daily Mirror. "He's too horsy looking." Well, we bet her model boyfriend, Jamie Dornan, is glad to hear that. . . . And country singer Mindy "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" McCready fell into the hands of the law Thursday when she was arrested in Nashville and charged with prescription drug fraud. She's accused of using a fake prescription to obtain OxyContin pills -- which, thanks to Rush Limbaugh, we've learned is an addictive pain medication.

. . . and Quoted

"So, Mr. Clapton, what do you do for a living to have such a nice car?"

-- British police officer Jim Jackson's query to Eric Clapton when Jackson pulled over the guitar god for speeding in his Ferrari, as reported by the New York Daily News.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

Has Mary Tyler Moore taken a shine to Annapolis? Recent rumblings suggest she may want a house hereabouts.