Getting Help Roll Call is reporting that Rep. Karen McCarthy (D-Mo.) is seeking treatment for alcohol abuse after an incident Thursday night at the Rayburn House Office Building. The five-term congresswoman fell head-first down an escalator and had to be taken to George Washington University Hospital, requiring multiple stitches to her face. "I deeply regret my behavior," she said yesterday afternoon, "and, as difficult as it is, recognize that my drinking has hurt those who I love and work with. I have hit bottom and I realize I must take action to change." McCarthy's office declined to release details about her plans. . . . Meanwhile, singer Liza Minnelli is checking herself into a "self-help" program in Pennsylvania for her continuing rehabilitation for alcohol and drugs.

Swan Song for Liz

Tomorrow night's Academy Awards show will be Elizabeth Taylor's "swan song on the stage." "I've retired from acting. It doesn't really interest me that much anymore," the sultry legend said in an interview with NBC's "Access Hollywood." The 71-year-old actress has been involved with AIDS awareness since the 1980s when her dear friend Rock Hudson died of the disease. "It seems kind of superficial because now my life is AIDS, not acting," Taylor said.

Powell, Moose Honored A group of African American newspaper owners honored Secretary of State Colin Powell and Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose as their newsmakers of the year yesterday. Jack Oliver, the president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, told The Post's Hamil Harris at yesterday's luncheon at Howard University, "These men are the icons that represent the I-cans in our community." Although "I can" was not the response either honoree gave when asked to attend the ceremony, George Curry, acting executive director of the association, chimed in, "Well, you call them newsmakers, they're out making news!"

End Notes

Keep an eye out for Bill and Camille Cosby Wednesday as they come to town to accept the Uncommon Height Award from the National Council of Negro Women at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Cosbys, who rarely accept awards together, "have demonstrated through their actions the gold standard of what it means to be socially responsible, caring human beings," said NCNW president emerita Dorothy I. Height. . . . A $30 million lawsuit filed last March by former congressmen-turned-CNN contributor Bob Barr against Bill Clinton, James Carville and Larry Flynt for "loss of reputation and emotional distress" and "injury in his person and property" has been dismissed by D.C. District Judge Thomas Hogan. Carville's attorney William McDaniel said he was "very pleased the judge dismissed this lawsuit. It was absurd and bogus from the beginning."

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from wire and staff reports

Colin Powell, left, and Charles Moose, below, were honored yesterday by African American newspaper publishers.Elizabeth Taylor, shown here in 2001, says she's given up acting and will devote her energies to combating AIDS.