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Rolling Stone sellers pass on Tsarnaev issue

By: Megan Wood megan.wood@gazette.com
July 19, 2013 Updated: July 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm
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If you were looking for a copy of August's Rolling Stone Friday, you probably came up empty-handed.

Many national retailers announced as early as Wednesday, that the issue, which features Boston Marathon murder suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, was insensitive to the victims. They declined to sell it.

"We asked our folks that are in the Boston area how they felt about it," said Margaret Chabris, 7-Eleven public relations director. "We needed to be sensitive to them and their customers. They felt strongly about not selling it, so we all agreed."

Chabris said there are both company-operated and franchised stores in Colorado Springs. The company is strongly encouraging franchised stores to not sell it as well. In a statement issued Wednesday, Rolling Stone defended the cover, saying it "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."

In Colorado Springs, Barnes & Noble on Briargate Boulevard stocked the issues. Eight other major franchised stores, including King Soopers, Safeway, WalMart and Target, had none on their shelves Friday morning. Local employees could not confirm whether the stores would sell the magazine this month.

Walgreens and Albertsons both indicated that stores across the country, including Colorado Springs, would not offer it. An Albertson's customer service employee working at the store on Centennial Boulevard said all stores received an email that morning with the decision not to sell.

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