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'Rolling Stone' draws criticism for Boston Marathon bomber cover

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An iconic photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono this is not.

Rolling Stone has drawn major criticism after revealing this week’s magazine cover to be none other than accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On its website, Rolling Stone (who didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for comment) says the accompanying story is a “deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber [Dzhokhar] Tsarnaev. [Writer Janet] Reitman spent the last two months interviewing dozens of sources – childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case – to deliver a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.”

A monster with a music magazine cover photo that many bands would, err, kill for. Many are saying the photo glamorizes him as some kind of rock star to be idolized, with a pin-up ready soft-lighting picture that many on Twitter are comparing to an old photo of Rolling Stone regular Bob Dylan. The Today show weighed in on the controversy this morning, pointing out that the cover bares a striking resemblance to an old Rolling Stone cover of Jim Morrison. Savannah Guthrie pointed out that there is a bit of a precedent for Rolling Stone toying with controversial political images: The magazine had Charles Manson on the cover in 1970.
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'New York Times' editor calls Larry David's Boston Marathon bombing op-ed 'insensitive' and 'unfunny'

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a satirical piece in which Larry David imagines how his fawning mother might have defended him if he had been the Boston Marathon bomber. The article, inspired by Zubeidat Tsarnaeva’s vehement denial that her own sons were behind the bombing, ruffled a lot of feathers — which led New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan to address the piece on her blog this afternoon, effectively writing that she thinks the Times shouldn’t have run it.

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Very good vibrations: Mark Wahlberg would reunite with the Funky Bunch for Boston fundraiser

Is sweat comin’ out your pores yet?

Here’s some news that’s good like Sunkist: Important Actor Mark Wahlberg — a.k.a. Marky Mark, shirtless Bush I-era heartthrob — has indicated to TMZ that he’d be willing to reunite with his ’90s hip-hop group The Funky Bunch — a.k.a. Scottie Gee, DJ-T, Ashey Ace, and, most importantly, Hector the Booty Inspector — for a fundraiser benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Neil Diamond leads Boston's Fenway Park in 'Sweet Caroline'

Good times never seemed so good, although after this harrowing past week the citizens of Boston might be forgiven for believing they never would.

As the city recovered from the horrific marathon bombing and massive manhunt for the perpetrators that shut down the city on Friday, a surprise moment of good cheer and relief happened yesterday as the Red Sox played a hometown game against the Kansas City Royals.

Fenway Park’s tradition of playing Neil Diamond’s crowdpleasing Sweet Caroline was lead by the man himself.

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Bradley Cooper pays a visit to Boston bombing victim

Bradley Cooper isn’t content to just idly sit around Boston waiting for the production of David O. Russell’s American Hustle to resume in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt. Friday, he decided to pay a visit to Jeff Bauman, Jr., the 27-year-old who lost both of his legs below the knee as a result of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Julian Edelman, a wide reciever for the New England Patriots tweeted a photo of the visit, showing a dapper-looking Cooper smiling with Bauman, clutching a football, and Edelman.

According to People, the Oscar-nominated actor was also present at President Obama’s interfaith service tribute to victims.

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Amy Poehler talks Boston tragedy
Stephen Colbert honors Boston’s history of unshakable strength in his opener — VIDEO
Jon Stewart to Boston: ‘Thank you for … solidifying my belief in humanity’

Dropkick Murphys raise $100K for victims of Boston bombings

Boston-based punk band Dropkick Murphys has raised nearly $100,000 for the victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings by selling a tribute T-shirt through their website.

On the front of the shirt, “For Boston” is written above the city’s skyline, while the back features the official city seal and a note from the band, reading, “Thank you, to all who purchased this shirt. All proceeds go to the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings. Love, Dropkick Murphys.” READ FULL STORY

Several sports teams honor Boston -- VIDEO

Many professional sports teams have put aside competition and rivalries to stand in support of Boston following the bombing at the Boston Marathon. The New York Yankees, a huge Boston Red Sox rival, played ”Sweet Caroline” — a Boston tradition — in their game Tuesday. The stadium also displayed the logo of both teams and read ”United We Stand.” The Cubs, Braves, Marlins, and several other teams also played the Neil Diamond song. Watch the Yankee’s tribute here:

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Stephen Colbert honors Boston's history of unshakable strength in his opener -- VIDEO

Back with a new episode last night, Stephen Colbert took a moment before he started the show to say that his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Boston. He then gave a passionate speech about all of the ways Boston has proven its strength, citing Aerosmith’s longevity and the pilgrims being so tough they had to buckle their hats on. ”Here’s what I know, these maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston, but all they can ever do is show just how good those people are,” he concluded.

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Jon Stewart to Boston: 'Thank you for ... solidifying my belief in humanity'

After a repeat episode on Monday, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show returned on Tuesday night and it was inevitable — and for devotees of Stewart, a necessary catharsis — that he addressed Monday’s marathon bombing in Boston. Stewart didn’t delve too deeply into the tragedy, but opened the show with a heartfelt tribute to the city that is often positioned as one of New York’s biggest rivals. “I’m just going to say this to Boston: Thank you. Thank you for once again in the face of inhumanity inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country,” Stewart said. “New Yorkers and Boston obviously have kind of a little bit of a competition, often times the two cities accusing each other of various levels of suckitude. But it is situations like this that we realize that is it clearly a sibling rivalry and that we are your brothers and sisters in this type of event.”

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Matt Damon shares memories about Boston Marathon

Before yesterday’s Boston Marathon took a tragic turn when explosions near the finish line claimed the lives of at least three people and injured over 170 more, Matt Damon published an essay reminiscing about watching his father and his brother run the marathon.

The Massachusetts-born actor called the race “a sporting spectacle like no other, overwrought with nerves and excitement” in an excerpt of the essay, which was posted on the Boston Globe’s website on April 14, one day before the bombings in Boston. The full essay is in a book published earlier this month that marked the 125th anniversary of the Boston Athletic Association, which sponsors the marathon. READ FULL STORY

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