Rolling Stone’s Lame Defense Regarding Their Cover of the Boston Bomber

Rolling Stone misses the point here. Nobody is upset that they did a story on Tsarnaev. They’re upset because they put a glam shot of him on their cover.

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. –THE EDITORS

There’s a growing list of stores that are refusing to sell this issue.

Mother Testifies in Trial of Next-Door Neighbor Who Killed Her Son

From Gawker:

Patricia Larry, whose 13-year-old son was shot and killed by their 76-year-old neighbor John Henry Spooner, who thought the boy was stealing a gun, testified yesterday in Spooner’s trial.

Larry recounts how Spooner shot her son, Darius Simmons, directly in front of their home. Spooner, a 76-year-old white man, shot Simmons, a 13-year-old black teen because he says he suspected the teen had broken into his home and stolen a gun.

Spooner shot the young man in his chest in front of Larry. Simmons was unarmed and Larry says he did nothing to provoke the shooter. Yesterday, she spoke to the jury:

“I turned around, Mr. Spooner was standing there in front of Darius. He got a gun, and he pointed it at Darius.” Larry said she inquired why “he had that gun on (her) baby. He told Darius that he’s going to teach him not to steal. And he shot him.”