Back from vacation! Here’s the Wrap:

• The ethics of genetic manipulation is going to the dogs.

Some Labrador breeders are using DNA tests for coat color to guarantee exotic silver-coated retrievers. Mastiff breeders test for shaggy fur to avoid “fluffies,” the long-haired whelps occasionally born to short-haired parents. Next up, geneticists say, could be tests for big dogs, small dogs, curly-tailed dogs, dogs with the keenest senses of smell and dogs that cock their heads endearingly when they look at you.

• Progress or bust in Iraq.

• Today marks 20 years since Reagan said “Tear down this wall.” Turns out his advisors didn’t want him to say it. Oh, if only we had advisers over thinking presidential decisions these days.

• National Guardsmen watching the Mexico border accused of running a smuggling ring.

• North Charleston Sweet Shop robbed at gunpoint. When asked the size of the weapon, the ice cream shop owner said “Like It.”

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