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Rolling Stone cover of Tsarnaev draws rebukes

BOSTON -- Rolling Stone's new cover featuring a glamorous photo of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is generating controversy, with several retailers, including CVS and Walgreens, announcing yesterday that they will not carry the issue.

The cover of the Aug. 1 edition has a photo in which Tsarnaev looks more like one of the rock stars that usually grace it than a suspect in the April 15 bombings at the finish line that killed three and wounded more than 260.

A preview on the magazine's website says the story by contributing editor Janet Reitman traces how "a bright kid with a charming future became a monster." Rolling Stone editors said the story falls within the traditions of journalism and the magazine's commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage.

The cover was ill-conceived at best and reaffirms a message that destruction gains fame for killers, Boston Mayor Tom Menino wrote in a letter to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner.

"The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, although I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them," Menino wrote.

Lauren Gabler, who ran her fourth Boston Marathon this year, said she at first thought the Rolling Stone photo was of a model or rock star and was surprised when she realized it was Tsarnaev. Gabler had finished the race and was two blocks away headed to brunch when she heard and felt the explosions. She was unhurt.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the bombings. -- AP

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