Rolling Stone's cover story about the Boston Marathon bomber just got the magazine yanked out of nearly 2,000 7-Eleven stores, and more could follow ... TMZ has learned.
The omnipresent convenient store is joining the national outrage over the mag's upcoming issue with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, and an investigation into his life leading up to the bombing.
A rep for 7-Eleven, Inc. tells TMZ it "will not sell the Aug. 1 issue of the Rolling Stone magazine in its company-operated stores."
There are 1,700 company operated stores -- and another 5,900 franchised stores. The rep says they'll also urge those franchise owners to pull the issue.
Yesterday, CVS, Walgreens, and Stop & Shop all said they will not sell the issue either.
Boycotting Our Cover is a
Boycot of the Constitution
7/17/2013 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bostonians upset by the new Rolling Stone cover -- featuring Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- need to grow up and learn from the tragedy that rocked their city ... according to the magazine's editors.
The editors just released a statement, saying their hearts go out to the Boston bombing victims -- but "the cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's longstanding commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage."
The statement continues, "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."
In other words, we're exercising our 1st Amendment rights to investigate a terrorist -- so, stop burying your heads in the sand, people.
As we reported, CVS and the Boston-based Roche Bros. supermarkets have boycotted the latest issue of the magazine because of its controversial cover ... saying it's disrespectful to the victims.
Boycotting Rolling Stone
Over Boston Bomber Cover
7/17/2013 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Boston supermarket chain Roche Bros. is also boycotting the magazine -- a rep tells TMZ, "When Roche Bros. learned of the cover for the current issue of Rolling Stone, we chose not to offer that product for sale in our stores. We join with our customers and neighbors in focusing on the recovery of the victims and our community."
Walgreens and Stop & Shop have also boycotted the magazine.
CVS apparently believes the First Amendment has limits ... because the pharmacy chain just announced it won't hawk the latest issue of Rolling Stone, featuring Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.
A rep for CVS says "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."
So we gotta ask ...
Boston Bombing Suspect
I'm Not Guilty
7/10/2013 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev insists he wasn't the one behind the horrific explosions in April that killed 3 people and injured 260 more -- pleading not guilty today in Boston federal court.
19-year-old Tsarnaev pled not guilty to 30 counts total -- including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill.
Federal prosecutors are currently deciding whether to pursue the death penalty for Tsarnaev. FYI, there is no death penalty in Massachusetts, but since Tsarnaev is facing multiple federal charges, the death penalty is on the table.
Dzhokar's brother Tamerlan -- who was believed to have committed the atrocity with him -- was killed three days following the bombing in a shootout with police.
Dzhokar remains in custody.
Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect
Courtroom Showdown Begins
7/10/2013 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has just arrived to federal court -- in a plain white van -- where he will be arraigned for the April 15 attack.
According to WHDH in Boston, Dzhokhar's van was accompanied by a motorcade -- presumably to keep the bomber safe.
Prosecutors believe Dzhokhar and his scumbag brother executed the horrific Boston Marathon bombing, which killed 3 people -- including an 8-year-old boy -- and injured more than 260 others.
The families of the victims are also expected to appear in court.
Story developing ...
Boston Bombing Suspect
Pressure Cooker 'Is Way Too Heavy to Carry'
5/14/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An ardent supporter of the "Free Dzhokhar Tsarnaev" movement fervently believes the Boston bombing suspect is innocent -- and among her points of defense ... a pressure cooker bomb is "way too heavy" to carry around in a backpack.
Sarah Cook called in to "TMZ Live" yesterday to explain why Dzhokhar is innocent, claiming the mainstream media is unfairly turning the public opinion against the 19-year-old without reporting all the facts.
But Sarah's defense is holier than Swiss cheese -- and her worst argument ... Dzhokhar couldn't have carried a pressure cooker bomb in his backpack because they're "way too heavy."
The interview's pretty great ... so we gotta ask ...
Heartthrob to the
5/12/2013 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Not everyone hates Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- in fact ... and disgustingly ... there's an ever-growing legion of teen girls who think he's kind of a babe.
Using the hashtag #FreeJahar, thousands of teens have been tweeting their support for the younger of the two bombing suspects, says the NY Post.
The paper spoke to one girl who said she planned to get one of Dzhokhar's tweets -- "If you have the knowledge and the inspiration, all that’s left is to take action" -- tattooed on her upper arm.
Another girl -- who tweeted last month "Yes i like Justin Bieber and i like Jahar but that has nothing to do with why i support him. I know hes innocent, he is far too beautiful" -- told the paper she feels "like he’s my brother."
There's a Facebook group dedicated to freeing the alleged terrorist that has more than 6,000 followers.
Other sites and message board threads dedicated to Dzhokar boast fan fiction ... and even fantasy sex scenes.
Yo, Mark Wahlberg!
'Funky Bunch' Reunion
Spot ... Available Now
4/26/2013 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hey, Mark Wahlberg ... about that Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch reunion you said you were down to do -- someone's now offering up a venue for the highly anticipated event ... TMZ has learned.
The music and youth group, Boston City Singers, is holding a benefit for bombing victims this weekend ... and they've extended an open invitation to Mark and his crew.
The group's director Melissa Graham tells us ... "We would be honored to join with Mark and the Funky Bunch in a concert to help us all heal from the atrocities of the Boston Marathon terrorists."
There's a connection here -- the Dorchester-based group says it's received generous funds from the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation -- so they'd welcome him with open arms.
The event's going down Saturday at St. Mark's Church (appropriate) -- which doesn't give Wahlberg a ton of time to get his choreography together.
We've reached out to Mark's people, but no word back yet.
Fingers crossed, Boston.
I'd Reunite w/ the Funky Bunch
... FOR BOSTON!
4/24/2013 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Feel it, FEEL IT ... Mark Wahlberg just told TMZ he would REUNITE with The Funky Bunch to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Wahlberg -- who was born and raised in Boston -- was leaving T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA this morning when he told us he's totally game to get the gang back together for a BMB fundraiser.
Fun Fact -- T.C. Williams High was the inspiration for the movie "Remember the Titans."
We already know The Funky Bunch would be down to perform -- back in March, they told TMZ a reunion show would be "amazing."
And now that reuniting could actually raise money for a good cause??
LET'S DO THIS MARKY MARK!!!
in Boston Marathon Bombing
4/22/2013 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has just been hit with federal criminal charges for the Boston Marathon bombing ... and if convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced moments ago ... the 19-year-old has been charged with the following counts:
-- One count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death.
-- One count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.
According to officials, Tsarnaev could face up to life in prison or the death penalty if convicted.
Officials say Tsarnaev had his initial court appearance today from his hospital room ... where he is being treated for wounds sustained during a shoot out with police in Watertown, Mass.
He Took Cues from
4/21/2013 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a big fan of "Breaking Bad" ... praising the show for teaching him how to dispose of corpses.
Since his capture Friday ... a lot of information is surfacing about the 19-year-old Chechan college student who helped mastermind a deadly attack on the Boston Marathon and led police on a massive manhunt.
Turns out Dzhokhar was a fan of violent TV shows ... in particular "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad."
He tweeted earlier this year ... "Breaking Bad taught me how to dispose of a corpse."
As TMZ previously reported, his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan -- who was killed by cops during the manhunt -- was deep into hip hop.
Dzhokhar remains in police custody, in serious condition and unable to speak.
Boston Bombing Suspect
Following Deadly Attack
4/20/2013 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before leading cops on a city-wide manhunt, Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was busy partying it up with friends in a college dorm room ... this just two days after his deadly attack on the Boston Marathon.
The bombs went off on Monday and while law enforcement pored over photos searching for a lead, Tsarnaev went back to his dorm at UMass Dartmouth and acted like a regular non-terrorist college kid, according to the Boston Globe.
He reportedly slept in his dorm, went to the gym and then partied Wednesday night with pals from his intramural soccer team. A student source told the paper, "He was just relaxed."
The 19-year-old even tweeted before the shin-dig ... "I'm a stress-free kind of guy."
But by Friday, Tsarnaev's face was plastered over every media outlet, the UMass campus went into lockdown mode, his brother -- the other bombing suspect -- had been shot dead and Tsarnaev was finally captured ... after an intense stand-off with police, which left him wounded.
He remains in serious condition.
Boston Marathon Bombing
Ex-Champ Micky Ward:
Dead Suspect Was No Friend of Mine
4/20/2013 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Legendary fighter Micky Ward wants to make it clear to the world ... he has NO relationship with dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev -- despite a photo which reportedly shows them arm-in-arm.
Micky's agent tells TMZ he's been hammered with calls ever since the 2006 photo was posted on a local Boston news site.
We can't confirm it's actually Tamerlan in the photo, but it sure looks like him. Nonetheless, a rep for Micky -- whose life was chronicled in "The Fighter" -- says, "It was just like any random person who came up to Micky and asked him for a picture."
The rep adds the former New England Golden Gloves champ had no professional or personal association with Tsarnaev.
As we previously reported ... Tsarnaev had high hopes about making the US Olympic boxing team.
By the way, the news site has removed the photo ... but won't say why.