Astronauts must wait another day
Bad weather is delaying the return of three astronauts from the International Space Station. The astronauts were scheduled to land in a Soyuz capsule in central Kazakhstan early today. But fog and freezing rain prevented Russian rescue helicopters from flying to the touchdown site. NASA's Kevin Ford and Russians Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin will stay at the space station for at least another day. They've been in space for nearly five months. The astronauts had already climbed into their capsule and were waiting to close the hatch when Russian officials called off their departure at the last minute. Their return trip is now set for Saturday. Three other astronauts will remain at the space station.
Boston Phoenix shutting down
The Boston Phoenix, one of New England's oldest alternative newspapers, is shutting down after 47 years because of a long-term decline in advertising revenue. The newspaper has ceased print publication and is cutting 40 jobs immediately. Executive editor Peter Kadzis says it will publish its last online issue next week and will eventually shed 10 more jobs. Publisher Stephen Mindich said Thursday that sister publications in Providence, R.I., and Portland, Maine, will remain in business because their local advertising markets sustain them. Mindich owns the Phoenix Media/Communications Group that also runs the online radio station wfnx.com. He says the alternative rock station "will not continue as it is."