Freedom fighter or terrorist? Tomorrow in El Paso, Texas, Luis Posada Carriles goes on trial in federal court on charges related to a 1997 hotel bombing in Havana that killed an Italian tourist. The 82-year old Posada is a staunch anti-Castro militant embraced as a hero by Miami's Cuban exile community. NPR's Greg Allen reports.
In addition to the wounding of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of federal judge John Roll, five others were murdered and at least 12 more wounded. Host Liane Hansen takes note of some of the other victims of Saturday’s mass shooting in Tucson.
On Jan. 10, 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union, after South Carolina and Mississippi. Eight other states would soon follow, igniting the bloodiest war in American history. Weekend Edition commentator and Florida native Diane Roberts explores why the Civil War still has such a hold on the Southern imagination.