Here’s the wrap:

• Cal Ripkin skips an Imus interview. He won’t be the last.

“He didn’t want anyone getting the message that he agreed in any way, shape or form with the comments,” said John Maroon, Ripken’s publicist. “It was the right thing to do.”

• North Charleston gets homicide No. 5.

• More hard news from Iraq. Meanwhile, we’re making threats elsewhere.

• Iran plans book, CD on Britons’ detention, no doubt, followed by a Michael Bay pic starring that kid from Harry Potter.

• The price of mail is going up, but the price of gas should go down … slightly.

• Breaking News: All the interesting 20-somethings of the world are too busy to give up three months of their lives. Real World: Las Vegas is set to return for a curtain call. —GH

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