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Rolling Stone Facing Backlash After Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Featured On Cover

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Massachusetts residents are reacting with outrage Wednesday after "Rolling Stone" magazine decided to put one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspects on the cover.

Inside the issue, "Rolling Stone" uncovers new details about the night Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured. As he was hiding in the boat in Watertown, Massachusetts police negotiators told him his old wrestling coach had made a public plea for him to surrender. Police said reminding him of his old life was what convinced him to surrender.

The magazine reports Dzhokhar once hinted that the thought the 9/11 attacks could be justified. He allegedly told a friend who wanted to meet older brother, Tamerlan, "no, you don't want to meet him."

The magazine claims Tamerlan Tsarnaev once told his mother he felt like there were "two people" inside him. She believed religion would cure him.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke out about the decision to portray the alleged bomber on the cover.

"Why would they publicize a guy who destroyed people's lives? it doesn't make sense to me," Menino said.

"I understand the substance of the article is not questionable, it is very good reporting, but the cover is out of taste," Gov. Deval Patrick said.

Some local residents vowed to stop reading the magazine.

Also in response to the cover, CVS Corporation says it will not sell the current issue of "Rolling Stone" magazine in its stores.

Critics say the magazine is glamorizing terrorism. Its Facebook page is being inundated with comments and, now, there's a Boycott Rolling Stone campaign on Twitter.

In a blog entry, "Rolling Stone" says the feature may explain why Tsarnaev and his brother were linked to radical Islam.

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