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To Get Kids Across Street, Vegas Deploys ... Leprechaun

City has seen rate of pedestrians killed in crosswalks spike

(Newser) - Las Vegas officials worried about the safety of pedestrians crossing the street did what any municipality might: They stuck a cop dressed as a leprechaun on a street corner by a school for a day, reports 8 News Now . It's actually a lighthearted approach to a pretty serious problem:... More »

Colorado Cops Hunt Lewd Leprechaun

Leaping leprechaun pesters shoppers

(Newser) - Well, it's a day ending in Y, so why not dress up like a leprechaun and hang out in a supermarket parking lot, leaping out from between cars, giving shoppers the finger, and making shooting gestures with your fingers? Colorado cops are searching for just such a character after surprised... More »

Leprechaun Bank Robber Tied to Santa Heist

Pair killed in shootout after St. Patrick's Day job

(Newser) - A man who died in a shootout with cops after robbing a bank dressed as a leprechaun Wednesday had robbed another bank dressed as Santa just before Christmas, investigators say. Police returned fire when David Christopher Cotton and getaway driver Jonathan Skinner shot at them after fleeing the Nashville-area bank,... More »

Ireland Wants Cooler Leprechauns

Dublin museum hopes to restore their 'respectability'

(Newser) - A new museum in Dublin hopes to salvage the image of Ireland's beloved leprechaun. These sprites used to be cool. They were wily, not-so-nice shoemakers who duped suckers into thinking they hit it rich. Now they're kitschy, "top-o-the-morning" creatures of the Lucky Charms variety. "It is a derogatory... More »

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