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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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    D.C. area forecast: Showers and clouds wane, but a bit of a chill remains

    D.C. area forecast: Showers and clouds wane, but a bit of a chill remains

    We’re still on the cool side today and tomorrow, but with increased sunshine and gradually warmer temperatures through midweek, and just a couple chances for light showers.

    After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent

    After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent

    Fans at an Orioles game were briefly asked to remain inside the stadium after a protest over a police-custody death left six unoccupied police cars damaged.

    Washington region flirts with the freezing mark as April nears its end

    At Baltimore’s airport early Saturday, the thermometer read 33 degrees.

    John D. Steinbruner, scholar of foreign and defense policy, dies at 73

    John D. Steinbruner, scholar of foreign and defense policy, dies at 73

    Dr. Steinbruner directed the Brookings Institution’s foreign policy studies program from 1978 to 1996.

    A basketball star, a ton of marijuana and a reputation destroyed

    A basketball star, a ton of marijuana and a reputation destroyed

    Jason Miskiri’s point guard play and his restaurant drew admiration. Then he pleaded guilty to drug dealing.

    D.C. homeless women get makeovers that prompt gasps and selfies

    D.C. homeless women get makeovers that prompt gasps and selfies

    The makeover was designed to encourage homeless women to transform themselves inside and out.

    Bruce Alger, firebrand Republican congressman from Texas, dies at 96

    Bruce Alger, firebrand Republican congressman from Texas, dies at 96

    Mr. Alger spent 10 years in the U.S. House as one of its most avowedly conservative members.

    2 delegates criticize Fairfax proposal to protect transgender students

    2 delegates criticize Fairfax proposal to protect transgender students

    Case law shows that only the General Assembly has the authority to create protected classes, they say.

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

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

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

    As Baltimore mayor, critics say, O’Malley’s police tactics sowed distrust

    As Baltimore mayor, critics say, O’Malley’s police tactics sowed distrust

    Former Baltimore mayor, who is weighing a White House bid, reduced crime with “zero-tolerance’ approach.

    Rowing: T.C. Williams, Washington-Lee win at the Charlie Butt Regatta

    Rowing: T.C. Williams, Washington-Lee win at the Charlie Butt Regatta

    ROWING | The Titans avenge their second-place finish from last week, and the Generals upset St. Albans.

    A few Va. Senate races expected to have wide-ranging impact

    A few Va. Senate races expected to have wide-ranging impact

    Both parties working especially hard on a half-dozen contests that could sway overall control.

    John Guevara takes Republican nomination in Fairfax supervisor race

    A political novice, Guevara edged out two experienced candidates in race to replace retiring supervisor Frey.

    Softball: Nine-run rally lifts No. 2 O’Connell past No. 3 Lake Braddock

    Softball: Nine-run rally lifts No. 2 O’Connell past No. 3 Lake Braddock

    SOFTBALL | The Knights score all their runs in the seventh inning to come back and beat the Bruins in a 9-3 road win in Burke.

    Can a tolling and transit deal fix I-66 after decades of failure?

    Can a tolling and transit deal fix I-66 after decades of failure?

    Arlington’s opposition to widening is now complicated by the state’s embrace of the county’s ideas.

    ‘Free range’ advocates urge parents to let children walk home alone on May 9

    ‘Free range’ advocates urge parents to let children walk home alone on May 9

    Children are to play at a Silver Spring park, then walk home unsupervised, to support the parenting philosophy.

    Washington-area obituaries of note

    Washington-area obituaries of note

    Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

    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.

    Broad Run, Tuscarora communities join together to remember

    Broad Run, Tuscarora communities join together to remember

    The Spartans and Huskies honored Madison Small and Adam Fortune during Friday’s girls’ soccer game in Leesburg.

    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.

    D.C. police identify man who died in shooting on Thursday in Northeast

    Victim was Charles David Hatcherson, 49, of Southeast Washington.

    Lions remain atop Howard County

    Lions remain atop Howard County

    BOYS’ LACROSSE | Howard improves to 12-0 as Scott Bruner scores six goals in a 17-6 home win over county rival Glenelg.

    Alexandria mayoral candidates agree: Don’t sell off City Hall, Market Square

    Alexandria mayoral candidates agree: Don’t sell off City Hall, Market Square

    Three Democratic candidates have their first face-off in the hotly contested race.

    Richard Corliss, Time magazine film critic, dies at 71

    Richard Corliss, Time magazine film critic, dies at 71

    Mr. Corliss was a wide-ranging and prolific critic during his 35 years at the weekly magazine.

    Is slab of blacktop a D.C. landmark?

    Is slab of blacktop a D.C. landmark?

    Some NW residents say a Spring Valley parking lot is crucial to a shopping center’s historic status.

    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“.

    In Ward 4, candidate repeats proven strategy of knocking on doors

    In Ward 4, candidate repeats proven strategy of knocking on doors

    D.C. Council hopeful Brandon Todd is making his face known — following the lead of Fenty and Bowser.

    Teacher’s aide in Montgomery County charged with sexual abuse of minor

    Teacher’s aide in Montgomery County charged with sexual abuse of minor

    Robert Otis Wilson worked as a paraeducator at Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring.

    Baltimore police cite missteps in arrest of Freddie Gray; Hogan asks for calm

    Baltimore police cite missteps in arrest of Freddie Gray; Hogan asks for calm

    Officials said the 25-year-old was not seat-belted in the police van and was not offered medical attention.

    The e-mails fly over One Newark, the controversial N.J. city school plan

    The e-mails fly over  One Newark, the controversial N.J. city school plan

    Congressman said he’s waited a year for reply from superintendant Cami Anderson. She responds.

    Local Columns

    John Kelly

    John Kelly

    Readers say old cars can get you where you want to go, even if it’s only in your imagination.

    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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