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July 18, 2013

Rolling Stone cover draws heated response

Tyiana Clarke took one look at the August cover of Rolling Stone magazine and shook her head.

“That’s crazy,” the 23-year-old Methuen resident said. “I don’t think that should be on any newsstand.”

The magazine cover is a full-page image of the face of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The photo is part of an investigative profile on Tsarnaev, which is running in the issue. Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, in connection with the attack April 15 that left three people dead and more than 260 wounded.

There was major backlash to the cover yesterday as many stores announced they would not be selling the magazine.

“CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect,” said a post on CVS’s Facebook page. “As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.”

Tedeschi Food Shops, based out of Rockland, Mass., made a similar decision.

“Tedeschi Food Shops supports the need to share the news with everyone, but cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone,” the company posted on Facebook. “With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don’t mix.”

The company also posted the cover on its Facebook page with a circle and a red line through the photo.

But outside Target and Market Basket in Salem, most thought the magazine shouldn’t be on the shelves at all.

“The only place his picture should be is in the obituary column,” said Bill Petrick, 72, of Lawrence.

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