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Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty on 30 of 30 Counts, May Face Death Penalty

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokjar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 of 30 counts for which he was charged in the bombing which killed three people and wounded more than 200, the Boston Globe reports:

RollingstoneTsarnaev, 21, who prosecutors said was a self-radicalized Muslim bent on striking a blow against America, now faces a second phase of his trial in which a jury will decide whether to sentence him to death. The second phase will begin next week.

...Prosecutors argued that Tsarnaev carried out the crimes in a “heinous, cruel and depraved manner” and that he deserves the death penalty. He was convicted of all 30 crimes he was charged with, including 17 that carried the possibility of a death sentence.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for just over 11 hours before rendering its verdict, after hearing the lawyers’ closing arguments early Monday.

Thomas Menino, Deval Patrick Criticize 'Rolling Stone' as Magazine Defends Bomber Cover

Rolling Stone released a statement preceding its cover story on Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after thousands called for a boycott of the magazine and stores pulled it from shelves.

RollingstoneWrote the magazine's editors:

"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."

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who published a letter to Jann Wenner, felt differently:

“Your August 3 cover rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment. It is ill-conceived, at best, and re-affirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their 'causes'."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick also commented:

"I haven't read it, but I understand the substance of the article is not objectionable, it's apparently pretty good reporting. But the cover is out of taste, I think."

Facebook support for a boycott of the magazine more than doubled in the past few hours, as more than 101,000 have weighed in.

Stores, Fans Boycott 'Rolling Stone' Over Cover Featuring Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


Rolling Stone is facing huge backlash over its decision to feature Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarvaev on its August 2013 cover, the NY Daily News reports:

Boldly labeled "The Bomber," the teenaged Boston Marathon bombing suspect's portrait is splashed across the upcoming issue’s cover, usually reserved for rock stars and celebrities.

Tens of thousands have now vowed to boycott the magazine on a related Facebook page since the magazine debuted their controversial cover with many calling its decision "shameful," “sickening” and "glorifying" of an accused killer and terrorist.

More than 11,000 have additionally stormed the magazine’s direct Facebook page with angry comments and hundreds of others have slammed a related article on the magazine's website — some vowing to cancel their subscriptions.

The Facebook page calling for a boycott currently has more than 50,000 supporters.

Stores everywhere are dropping the issue, Boston Magazine reports:

On Wednesday afternoon, as the outrage continued to swirl on social media, the owners of Tedeschi’s posted a statement and the above photo, indicating that they would not be placing the issue on their store shelves because they didn’t want to shed light on Tsarnaev, and call attention to his actions based on his portrayal on the cover. “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. With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don’t mix,” the company said in a statement on their Facebook page.

Similarly, CVS chains will also hold off from promoting the Tsarnaev cover. In a statement from the company, representatives said they couldn’t support Rolling Stone. “CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. 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.”

Boston Bombing Victim and Man Who Helped Save Him Throw Out First Pitch for the Red Sox: VIDEO


Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston bombing, and Carlos Arredondo, the man who assisted at the bomb site and was photographed pushing Bauman to safety threw out the first pitch for the Red Sox last night. Needless to say, it was an emotional moment.



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Jon Stewart Continues His Mockery of CNN's Boston Coverage: VIDEO


One segment (last week) wasn't enough to contain the manic, "sandlot football" reporting from CNN on the Boston bombers.


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London Marathon Runners Hold Moment of Silence for Boston Marathon Victims: VIDEO

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Participants in the London Marathon today observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston marathon, and wore black ribbons in their honor.

CBS News:

Moments before the majority of runners set off on the grinding course, announcer Geoff Wightman used the loudspeakers to ask for silence. He described marathon running as a global sport that unites runners and supporters in every continent in a spirit of friendship.

"This week the world marathon family was shocked and saddened by the events at the Boston Marathon," he said as he asked the people gathered to "remember our friends and colleagues for whom a day of joy turned into a day of sadness."

As those gathered responded to his call, the only noise that could be heard was the buzz of helicopters and the beeping of a truck.


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