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Sports: Ice, Hoops And Rackets

The Stanley Cup finals are set, the NBA playoffs feature a thrilling matchup between Texas and Oklahoma, and the French Open, uh, opens. Host Scott Simon catches up on the week in sports with NPR's Tom Goldman.

Delayed At The Airport? They're Working On It

The FAA is hoping to make some delays a thing of the past. It's developing what it calls "NextGen" technology to modernize the air traffic control system, transforming it from radar to GPS-based technology.

Chicago Ward Gives Budgetary Power To The People

The alderman in the 49th Ward became the first elected official in the country to hand over the purse strings to his constituents in 2009. Three years later, the "participatory budgeting" experiment is still attracting new residents to planning meetings.

Tenacious Prosecutor Leaves Chicago A Little Cleaner

After more than a decade busting corruption, Patrick Fitzgerald is stepping down. The federal prosecutor, known as "Eliot Ness with a Harvard degree," went after the Gambino crime family, al-Qaida and even the White House — not to mention two former Illinois governors who are now in jail.

Can May Polls Predict A November Winner?

Pollsters often ask: "If the election were held today, who would you vote for?" The fundamental problem is that the election is not being held today. But while a lot will change between now and November, strategists say campaigns use early polling to help shape a winning message.

Putting The Post-Deployment Family Back Together

When a parent returns from deployment, fitting back into the family can be struggle. National Guardsman Kevin Ross says, after coming home from Iraq, he talked to his three kids like they were soldiers. But with the help of a new study, he's learned to change his approach — and it's made a big difference.

S.D. Tribe Poised To Take Back Part Of Badlands

Federal officials are about to join hands with a tribe in South Dakota in a proposal to make part of the Badlands National Park the first ever tribally-run national park in the country. The agreement comes after years of sometimes bitter land disputes over the south unit of the Badlands. The largely undeveloped swath of steep bluffs and mud buttes is sacred place to some Native Americans who don't believe the land belongs under federal control or ownership. The move towards tribal management could set a precedent for other tribes in the United States to take over control of national parks elsewhere.