Lawmaker Subpoenaed

In California Case

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.), told the House yesterday that he has been served with a document subpoena in Imperial County, Calif. His announcement, required by House rules, was read on the House floor.

The subpoena was unrelated to a real estate transaction by Cunningham that is under investigation by federal authorities in California.

It was filed by a lawyer representing Imperial County in a lawsuit by a man who claims he was beaten in 2003 by a Bureau of Land Management ranger. The lawyer, Michael R. Capizzi, said he filed the subpoena to get written communications between the plaintiff and Cunningham, who made an inquiry on the plaintiff's behalf. Cunningham has complied with the subpoena.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that the FBI is investigating and a grand jury is looking into the November 2003 sale of Cunningham's Del Mar home to Mitchell Wade, president of the contracting firm MZM Inc.

Cunningham, a member of the subcommittee on Defense Department appropriations, sold the house to Wade for $1.7 million. Wade put the house back on the market shortly after buying it and took a $700,000 loss on it a year after the initial sale.

About the same time, little-known MZM Inc., which is based in Washington, began receiving large government contracts. Cunningham has denied wrongdoing. An MZM spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

Generic AIDS Drugs Get

Tentative FDA Approval

Two generic versions of a major AIDS drug were tentatively approved by the Food and Drug Administration yesterday. The agency said it was giving tentative approval to applications for nevirapine tablets manufactured by Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. in Gurgaon, India, and Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. in Hyderabad, India.

These are the first generic versions of Boehringer Ingelheim's Viramune brand.

The new generic versions will not be immediately available in the United States because of patent exclusivity rules, but the approval means the generic versions meet the FDA's standards and can be used by relief organizations outside the United States funded by President Bush's $15 billion AIDS relief plan.

Nevirapine helps keep the AIDS virus from reproducing. It is used in combination with other antiretroviral agents.

Army Fills Post

Of Demoted General

The Army announced it has filled the job vacated by Col. Janis L. Karpinski, the former brigadier general who was removed from command and reduced in rank as a result of investigations stemming from the Iraq prisoner-abuse scandal.

Army Reserve Col. John E. Cornelius has been assigned to command the 800th Military Police Brigade, based in Uniondale, N.Y. The brigade had overall responsibility for more than a dozen detention facilities in Iraq when the incidents at the Abu Ghraib prison were photographed by military police soldiers.

Cornelius, who most recently commanded the 2nd Simulation Exercise Group, 1st Brigade, 78th Division, in Bristol, R.I., graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1978 and later graduated from the Basic Airborne Course and Ranger School, according to his official Army biography. He joined the Army Reserve in 1983 and among several other assignments served as the brigade operations officer for the 800th MP Brigade.

Top Army officials determined that Karpinski was not directly linked to prison abuse but faulted her for lapses in leadership. President Bush withdrew Karpinski's rank earlier this year.

-- Compiled from reports

by staff writer Josh White

and news services

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.)