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Paralyzed officer rides bike across U.S.

Originally Published: July 7, 2010
By Gideon Rubin | Special to Page 2

LOS ANGELES -- Oreos dipped in honey and peanut butter got Kristina Ripatti-Pearce across the country.

The former LAPD officer, who is paralyzed from the chest down after a June 2006 shooting, wasn't planning to eat so unhealthily. When she started the Race Across America in early June, the plan was to eat protein shakes and chicken. But just like sleep, she traded in healthy choices for things that would get the job done.

"Pretty much anything that had sugar for instant energy," ...

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