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Add Roche Bros., Wegmans, Tops, Stop & Shop, Rite Aid BJ's Wholesale Club, and Costco to the list of retailers refusing to sell the latest issue of Rolling Stone, which features accused Boston Marathon bomber Jahar Tsarnaev on the cover. The reason: the cover photo has been seen by many as making the accused terrorist look like a rock star, and the social media world has erupted in protest.

CVS, Walgreen and Tedeschi Food Shops had already said they would not sell the issue.

Tsarnaev is accused of carrying out, with his brother, two separate bombings during the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 260. The brother was killed before being apprehended. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges related to the bombing.
KC's View:
ou'll see in "Your Views" that we got a lot of email on this one.

I'm in the media business, so I'm never happy when stores say they won't carry this magazine or that newspaper. But I understand what's happening here, and am sympathetic to the stores and consumers having this reaction.

I gather that the actual story is a good one. I haven't read it yet, but I plan to. But I still think that while there is a legitimate rationale for the way the story was played on the cover - this was a normal, even innocent-looking kid who turned into something extremely difficult to understand - maybe Rolling Stone could've played it differently. I wonder if anyone in the magazine's offices was personally affected by the bombing, maybe through the loss or injury of a loved one. If they had been, that cover might've looked a little different.