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Boycott increases on controversial Rolling Stone cover of Boston bombing suspect

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Rolling Stone says its cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev falls within the traditions of journalism and the magazine's commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage.

The cover is a photo in which Tsarnaev looks more like a rock star than a suspect in a bombing. A preview on the magazine's website says the story traces how "a bright kid with a charming future became a monster."

Rolling Stone editors say in a statement that Tsarnaev is in the same age group as many of its readers, making it important for the magazine to examine the complexities of the issue.

The edition isn't scheduled to be released until Friday, but that hasn't slowed the controversy.

Both the CVS pharmacy chain and Walgreens say they won't carry the magazine.

Response on social media has been mixed, with some supporting the story and cover display, but many condemning the editorial choice made by the magazine.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.

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