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Dock Higgenbottom, left, of D.C. rides aboard a Metrobus as Metro Transit Police officer Jaime Lopera stands on patrol by the rear door (Ricky Carioti/WASHINGTON POST)

Washington Monument gets a $7.5 million gift. The D.C. landmark was damaged in the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the East Coast in August. Now, billionaire philanthropist David M. Rubenstein is donating millions to help fund monument repairs.

Robber uses kids to trick elderly victim. Prince George’s County police are searching for a woman who used three young children in an elaborate ruse to rob an 84-year-old woman of several thousand dollars last week.

Stay with PostLocal today for the latest in local news, including the announcement of “My Digital Life,” a new social media education program that will be offered at Virginia schools.

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View Photo Gallery: Protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street waved signs and chanted against a barrier of police on the U.S. Capitol grounds Tuesday, then took their agenda across the city.