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'Rolling Stone' Issue Shunned by 7-Eleven

July 19, 2013

Finding a copy of Rolling Stone featuring a cover story on accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at Austin-area stores might be hard to do.

H-E-B, the dominant grocer in Central Texas, confirmed this afternoon that its stores won't be stocking the controversial issue, which some say glorifies Tsarnaev.

It joins several other regional grocers across the nation that have announced similar plans.

Also this afternoon, a 7-Eleven spokeswoman said the chain's company-owned stores won't be carrying Rolling Stone. It is "strongly recommended" that franchisee-owned 7-Eleven stores do the same.

Rolling Stone will also be unavailable at two of that nation's largest drugstore chains, CVS and Walgreens, according to the Associated Press.

Editors of the magazine issued this response to the controversy on Rolling Stone's Facebook page: "Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."

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