No Need for a Recount

Everyone saw that the Democrats got stomped, but what was the final score at Thursday night's annual congressional baseball game at RFK Stadium? The Post's Vanessa de la Torre reported a Republican victory yesterday, 19-10, but others (including had it as 19-11.

Tim Johnson, a staffer in the office of Rep. Mike Oxley (R-Ohio), says there was debate after the last inning: "In a game with this many runs, it's like estimating the federal budget," he said in an e-mail. "We use so many players that it gives the scoreboard at RFK fits. So some fans left the ballpark thinking the score was 19-10, my initial scorecard had it at 18-12, and we finally sat down with the staffers in Mr. Sabo's office" -- that would be Rep. Martin O. Sabo (D-Minn.) -- "and arrived at a consensus 19-11. Now I know why it takes so long to agree on highway funding levels. Next year, we're going to use either professional scorekeepers or the Congressional Budget Office."

The game raised $110,000 for the Washington Literacy Council and the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Running of the Camels

Nothing like a good hump down the Mall. Richard, the "sedate" camel featured in yesterday's Style story on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, broke free of his tether Thursday afternoon as wranglers saddled him up for onlookers, a Smithsonian rep said yesterday.

Spokeswoman Vicki Moeser witnessed the event and told The Post's Dan Zak, "I sat there for a moment and thought, 'That looks like a camel.' He just looked funny -- I don't think I've ever seen a camel run."

The camel galloped from the Omani exhibit area at 10th Street all the way to 14th Street near Independence Avenue, where wrangler Doug Baum caught up via golf cart before the camel could negotiate Washington traffic. There were no injuries or damage, and Richard and his pal Ibrahim spent yesterday corralled in the shade.

A Beatle's Stamps of Approval

One more fact to add to seemingly bottomless Beatles trivia: John Lennon shared the boyhood pursuit of many of his generation and kept a stamp album. And it's now in the hands of the Smithsonian.

The National Postal Museum announced yesterday that it has purchased the green-covered album with 565 stamps for an undisclosed sum and will display it beginning in October, reports The Post's Jacqueline Trescott. The flyleaf has the name, address and signature of Lennon, who was probably 11 or 12 when his cousin Stanley Parkes gave him the book.

Lennon added stamps from India, the United States and New Zealand. And someone, probably Lennon, took a blue pencil and drew mustaches on Queen Victoria and King George VI.

"There are people who think stamp collecting isn't cool, and maybe this will cause them to think twice about that. It just doesn't get cooler than John Lennon," said curator Wilson Hulme.

End Notes

* Supermodel Elle Macpherson and her boyfriend, Swiss financier Arpad Busson, announced yesterday they are separating after nine years together. They have two children -- Flynn, 7, and Aurelius Cy, 2.

* Rachel Griffiths, star of HBO's "Six Feet Under," on Thursday gave birth to her second child, according to People mag. She and her husband, artist Andrew Taylor, expect to announce their newborn daughter's name early next week. The couple have a year-old son, Banjo Patrick.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Richard the camel tried to leave the Folklife Festival a little early.