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EXPECTING Maternity chic: Elfin model Kate Moss, 28, and her British magazine publisher beau, Jefferson Hack, 30, will welcome their first child in October.

WEDDINGS Catching some Z’s: Bearded ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, 51, wed actress Charleen ”Chuck” McCrory (Alien Vows), 45, March 23, in Houston. It’s the second marriage for both.

AILING The otherwise robust model-actress Pamela Anderson, 34, said March 20 she is seeking medical treatment for hepatitis C. She says she contracted the liver disease from a tattoo needle she shared with rocker Tommy Lee, 39, during their 1995-98 marriage. In a statement, Anderson said the ex-Motley Crue drummer ”has the disease and never disclosed it to me.” Lee’s reps did not return phone calls.

CASTING I’ll be back…with a new costar. In the Bedroom’s Nick Stahl, 22, will appear with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Warner Bros.’ Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, due in July 2003. Stahl will take over the coveted John Connor role, originally played by Edward Furlong.

DEPARTURES Ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, 37, has left the untitled band he and Rage Against the Machine refugees formed after Rage singer Zack de la Rocha bailed in 2000. The news comes just after the band was picked to play this summer’s Ozzfest tour. Cornell’s manager did not explain the split, but he says there are still plans to release the album the group recorded last year.

ARRESTS Michelle Rodriguez, 23, star of Girlfight and Resident Evil, was arrested March 16 on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting her roommate, an unidentified 22-year-old woman, in their Jersey City, N.J., apartment. A police spokesman says that the actress punched the woman and pulled her hair and that Rodriguez was bitten on the arm. Rodriguez pleaded not guilty and faces a court hearing April 3. Her rep did not return calls.

COURTS On March 19, Steven Seagal’s ex-partner filed a $60 million suit against the 50-year-old action star for allegedly reneging on a four-movie deal. Julius R. Nasso, 49, who cofounded Seagal-Nasso Productions in 1990, claims Seagal came under the influence of a Buddhist spiritual adviser and ditched Genghis Khan, Blood on the Moon, Smash and Grab, and Prince of Central Park. Seagal’s reps have denied the allegations….On March 22, the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, representing physician Elizabeth Bancroft, sued owners of Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, claiming the Oscar venue violates the Americans With Disabilities Act. Bancroft, a paraplegic, says she couldn’t enjoy a 2001 Melissa Etheridge concert because the hall had poor wheelchair access. ”A brand-new venue should be able to accommodate people with disabilities,” says Bancroft’s lawyer. Theater reps didn’t return calls.

DEATHS Opera soprano Eileen Farrell, 82, whose 1961 crossover album I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues topped the pop charts, of circulatory failure, March 23, in Park Ridge, N.J….Production designer Richard Sylbert, 73, who won Oscars for 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and 1990’s Dick Tracy, of cancer, March 23, in Woodland Hills, Calif. His surviving twin brother, Paul, won an Oscar for production design of 1978’s Heaven Can Wait.