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Paralyzed police officer rides bike across U.S.

Updated: July 7, 2010, 12:15 PM ET
By Gideon Rubin

LOS ANGELES -- Oreos dipped in honey and peanut butter were what 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 on eating badly. 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 ...

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