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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan remembers the Colorado police officer who was killed in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic as loyal, caring and a true friend. She told media outlets that Garrett Swasey was “one of my best friends” as they grew up together practicing figure skating in […]

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