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> BABYLON

Thousands pay tribute to slain police officer

BABYLON (AP) -- Thousands of police officers from New York City and beyond paid tribute Monday to a patrolman shot to death during a botched robbery in Brooklyn, recalling the 22-year veteran as a dedicated lawman and a devoted father of four daughters. Officer Peter J. Figoski, 47, of West Babylon, was responding to a report of an apartment break-in Dec. 12 in the 75th Precinct in the East New York section.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg addressed the officer's family, specifically Figoski's daughters: Carolyn, 16, and Corrine, 14, both in high school, and Christine, 20, and Caitlyn, 18, who are in college upstate.

"As the father of daughters, I understand the bonds you share with your dad, how much you miss him," Bloomberg said in remarks piped through loudspeakers to the thousands of officers lined up outside St. Joseph Catholic Church. "Knowing your father was a hero, however, doesn't make it any easier these days," Bloomberg said. "Knowing your dad was revered in the NYPD doesn't make his passing less painful."

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> SKANEATELES

Suggestive dancing prompts cancellation

SKANEATELES (AP) -- A Central New York school district, fed up with sexy hip-grinding and pelvic thrusts on the dance floor, has canceled its annual Snow Ball this winter.

Skaneateles High School had taken several steps in an effort to stop students from dancing in an overtly sexual style at school dances. Gym teachers taught the waltz, tango and cha-cha. The district switched disc jockeys. The homecoming dance was moved to a larger space, the gymnasium, to give students more room to spread out.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported Sunday that the grinding and inappropriate clothing continued. So the district canceled February's Snow Ball.

Fayetteville-Manlius High School near Syracuse banned grinding at dances in 2006.

Students there are given one warning if they're caught grinding on the dance floor.

Next time, they're sent home.

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