Plus: Martha's poncho coming, 50 Cent makes peace, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
March 10, 2005 08:00 AM

ENDED: His voice slightly hoarse, Dan Rather, 73, was all business for the first 20 minutes of Wednesday’s broadcast – his final appearance after 24 years – on CBS Evening News. Then he recalled what he called the most important story of his career – the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He opened the news that evening by saying, “You will remember this day as long as you live.” He thanked viewers at the end of Wednesday’s newscast, then mentioned Sept. 11 survivors, tsunami survivors, the American military, the oppressed, the sick and fellow journalists in dangerous places. “And, to each of you,” he said, “courage.” Bob Schieffer, Rather’s temporary replacement, will sit at the anchor desk as of Thursday. CBS expects to name a permanent anchor team to succeed Rather in the coming months.

OFFERED: By next Tuesday or Wednesday, Lion Brand Yarn will offer on its Web site the pattern for Martha Stewart’s much-admired woolen poncho, which she wore early Friday morning when she left prison. Best of all, the company will place the pattern on its site for free. But those who simply can’t wait until next week can track down the poncho’s knockoff on eBay for $152.50, New York’s Daily News reports. “There’s so much demand for that pattern. Everyone want to make it,” Debbie Stoller, author of Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook, tells the paper.

CALLED: There’s been a truce in the feud between rappers 50 Cent and The Game, with both sides on Wednesday publicly putting to rest a bitter rivalry that had erupted in gunfire last week after 50 kicked Game out of his G-Unit clique for disloyalty. The two platinum-selling gangsta rappers met at Harlem’s famed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to kiss and make up, the Associated Press reports, though both looked as if they’d been shoved into apologies by a stern mother. “We’re here today to show that people can rise above the most difficult circumstances and together we can put negativity behind us,” said 50. Added The Game:. “I’m almost ashamed to have participated in the things that happened in the last couple of weeks.”

VOWED: Actress Rosario Dawson, 25, says she will fight disorderly conduct and obstruction charges stemming from her arrest during the Republican National Convention last year while she was filming the movie “This Revolution.” Dawson refutes the police department’s claim that she refused to move. A Manhattan criminal court judge Tuesday denied Dawson’s request to dismiss the charges and said her trial would begin next week, reports the New York Post.

DIED: Chris LeDoux, 56, a former world champion bareback rider who made his name with such songs about the rodeo life as 1992’s “Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy” (with Garth Brooks), died Wednesday from complications of liver cancer. LeDoux had checked into the hospital this week and was with family and friends at the time of his death Wednesday in Casper, Wyo., according to his recording company, Capitol Nashville. In November, LeDoux canceled several tour dates while undergoing treatment for cancer of the bile duct. He had undergone a liver transplant in 2000 after a lengthy illness.

SENTENCED: Stefan Wohl, a bus driver for the Dave Matthews Band, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the Aug. 8 dumping of 800 lbs. of human waste from his vehicle’s septic tank onto a sightseeing boat on the Chicago River. He was sentenced to 18 months probation and 150 hours of community service, reports AP. Wohl, 42, from Selma, Texas, also was fined the maximum of $10,000, which will be paid to Friends of the Chicago River, a conservation group.