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Walter Fauntroy’s long absence hasn’t
shaken his wife’s faith that he’ll return

Dorothy Fauntroy breaks her silence. (Nikki Kahn/The Post)

The spouse of the civil rights icon has been alone, amid financial troubles, since her husband left the country in 2012.

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    Looking for warm weather?
    This may not be your weekend.

    Looking for warm weather? <br>This may not be your weekend.

    We’ll struggle to reach 60 today. The possibility of rain increases during the afternoon.

    Metro transit police look for assailant of 69-year-old man

    Metro transit police look for assailant of 69-year-old man

    Police released a video of a man on an escalator exiting the station at about 1:05 p.m.

    New generation of Civil Rights activist and pastors go beyond protest for social change

    New generation of Civil Rights activist and pastors go beyond protest for social change

    150 black men and youth took part in “Black Men & Boys Day on Capitol Hill“.

    Unseasonably cool evening begins a chilly, showery weekend

    Unseasonably cool evening begins a chilly, showery weekend

    Technically the temperature got into the low 60s in D.C. today, but a fierce northwest wind added a stiff chill.

    Freeze and frost likely for parts of D.C. region tonight

    Freeze and frost likely for parts of D.C. region tonight

    If you’ve recently planted any frost or freeze-sensitive vegetation, you’ll want to cover them this evening to help insulate them from the cold air.

    Taco Bell’s biscuit tacos are a borderline upgrade on the chain’s breakfast options

    Taco Bell’s biscuit tacos are a borderline upgrade on the chain’s breakfast options

    The chain continues to battle for breakfast supremacy with this crumbly fusion bite.

    Big change coming for Third Street Tunnel traffic

    Big change coming for Third Street Tunnel traffic

    Many rush hour drivers will be slowed by the narrowing of an I-395 exit ramp.

    Traffic, transit tips for the weekend

    Traffic, transit tips for the weekend

    It’s a relatively quiet weekend for the D.C. region, but watch for some changes on Metrorail.

    ‘The Water Diviner,’ ‘The Age of Adaline’ and other new movies, reviewed

    ‘The Water Diviner,’ ‘The Age of Adaline’ and other new movies, reviewed

    the water diviner, the age of adaline, adult beginners, little boy, 5 to 7, blackbird, see you in valhalla, new movies, new films, movies, films, new releases, ann hornaday, stephanie merry, michael o’sullivan

    Rest in peace Reston snow pile (Photos)

    Rest in peace Reston snow pile (Photos)

    The Reston snow pile will be best remembered for the joy it brought to others. Until Wednesday.

    The epic volcano eruption that led to the ‘Year Without a Summer’

    The epic volcano eruption that led to the ‘Year Without a Summer’

    The eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 caused catastrophic loss of life and cooled the globe three degrees.

    Lobster on your mashed potatoes? It’ll cost you $35 at Mastro’s, D.C.’s next new steakhouse.

    Lobster on your mashed potatoes? It’ll cost you $35 at Mastro’s, D.C.’s next new steakhouse.

    Even though D.C. already has plenty of steakhouses, restaurateurs keep opening more.

    Current El Niño improves odds for average-to-cool summer in Washington, D.C.

    Current El Niño improves odds for average-to-cool summer in Washington, D.C.

    Based on current trends and global weather patterns, I believe it’s unlikely we’ll see a particularly hot summer.

    D.C. open houses April 25-26

    D.C. open houses April 25-26

    A list of properties in the District that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

    Maryland open houses April 25-26

    Maryland open houses April 25-26

    A list of properties in Maryland that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

    Virginia open houses April 25-26

    Virginia open houses April 25-26

    A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

    Small kitchens are no big deal for local renters

    Small kitchens are no big deal for local renters

    Kristen Russi isn’t cooking any feasts in the efficiency kitchen of her rented 425-square-foot Logan Circle studio. Mastering the art of a diminutive kitchen just takes strategy — and a dash of creativity.

    Earlier troubles on Metro’s Blue Line

    Earlier troubles on Metro’s Blue Line

    Delays on Metro’s Blue Line. Earlier train problem at the Franconia stop.

    Interstate 81 attractions: See parade floats, vintage cameras and Woodrow Wilson

    Interstate 81 attractions: See parade floats, vintage cameras and Woodrow Wilson

    If you’re heading from D.C. to the mountains along the Shenandoah Valley, chances are you’ll be on or near Interstate 81, home of some classic roadside attractions.

    ‘The Water Diviner’ shows the price parents pay in wartime

    ‘The Water Diviner’ shows the price parents pay in wartime

    We’ve all been taught about the “good wars,” but “The Water Diviner” asks if any war is really good enough — not from a geopolitical or ideological or economic standpoint, but from a parent’s.

    Happy 215th birthday, Library of Congress

    Happy 215th birthday, Library of Congress

    Contrary to popular belief, the Library of Congress does not have a copy of every book ever published. They do, however, have a record of every tweet ever tweeted.

    Sunny and chilly again. Spring’s warmth on hiatus until next week.

    Sunny and chilly again. Spring’s warmth on hiatus until next week.

    The wind wil be howling again today. The weekend will be calmer, but not warmer.

    The late-April chill continues into a sunny Friday

    The late-April chill continues into a sunny Friday

    Friday follows a similarly chilly suit, but at least it will be sunny.

    Maryland’s top highway, transit officials resign

    Maryland’s top highway, transit officials resign

    Melinda Peters said she wants to spend more time with her children, while Robert Smith tells reporter he was asked to leave.

    Many protest D.C. schools capital plan

    At budget hearing, many concerned about delays in school modernizations; Grosso says he does not support the plan “as is.“

    Electrifying lightning photos at Iwo Jima

    Electrifying lightning photos at Iwo Jima

    Monday night’s lightning storm in the Washington, D.C. area was something special. These photos make that clear...

    Nightlife Agenda: Big-name DJs, rooftop mimosas and hip-hop bar crawl

    Nightlife Agenda: Big-name DJs, rooftop mimosas and hip-hop bar crawl

    This week’s events include a county fair at a D.C. brewery, an old-school U Street bar crawl and the return of a Sunday rooftop party.

    Video: Cherry blossom season, from frozen buds to fallen petals

    Video: Cherry blossom season, from frozen buds to fallen petals

    Photographer Lorie Shaull decided to document the blossom’s entire life cycle on video. It is magnificent.

    Federal judge rules ‘Killing Jews’ ad can run on NYC buses, trains

    Federal judge rules ‘Killing Jews’ ad can run on NYC buses, trains

    MTA officials were concerned an ad with the quote: “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah” could incite violence.

    About half of new D.C. businesses won’t survive five years

    About half of new D.C. businesses won’t survive five years

    More than 80 percent of new private sector jobs were making up for lost jobs.

    Local Columns

    Courtland Milloy

    Courtland Milloy

    After videos of men who died after police encounters surfaced, trust has eroded — and that hurts everyone.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    At a local barbershop, little surprise at flawed testimony from the FBI’s elite forensic workers.

    Petula Dvorak

    Petula Dvorak

    Florida mailman is part of a wave of homegrown, daffy, sometimes troubled activists descending on D.C.

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    Baltimore protests take confrontational turn

    The city became the new center of demonstrations over police actions after a man’s death.

    Flower power

    Leesburg’s 25th annual Flower and Garden Festival draws 30,000.

    One poignant funeral for eight who died together

    Hundreds on Maryland’s Eastern Shore mourn a father and his seven children, all killed in a carbon monoxide accident.

    Big pitch for McLean boy hurt in sledding accident

    Bensten Schone, 6, was critically injured in a sledding accident in January.

    The secret lives of bees

    The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s “Native Bees” program gives nature lovers a closer look at the pollinators.

    A parade for D.C.’s Emancipation Day

    It marks the 153rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Washington.

    Gyrocopter lands on West Lawn of Capitol

    A pilot said to be a mailman from Florida was arrested after landing the one-person copter.

    A vigil at Ford’s Theatre, 150 years after Lincoln’s death

    Living historians recreated the scene from April 14, 1865, when the 16th president was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth.

    Our Washington

    From waterfronts to monuments, Post photographers share their favorite D.C. spots.

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