Exhibit tells story of Freedom Rides

The Louisiana Law Library, housed in the Louisiana Supreme Court building, is presenting a six-panel display telling the story of the Freedom Rides.

The exhibit, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with the PBS history series “American Experience,” will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 30.

Chief Justice Bernette Johnson said, “This exhibit tells the important story of the brave, nonviolent protesters who defeated Jim Crow laws in interstate commerce. In 1961, over 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in an effort to force the federal government to protect the civil rights of the protesters.”

The Law Library is on the second floor of the Supreme Court building, 400 Royal St.

Free oral cancer screening to be offered

LSU Health New Orleans faculty and medical students will conduct a free oral cancer screening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at Perino’s Home and Garden Center, 3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, the potentially life-saving screening involves an examination of the oral cavity and neck, as well as counseling about risk factors for oral cancer. Participants will be referred for follow-up where warranted.

The program is led by Dr. Rohan Walvekar, a head and neck surgeon at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.

The LSU Health New Orleans team diagnosed two early-stage oral cancers at a screening held in August. If oral cancer is caught when the disease has not spread beyond the original tumor site, the five-year survival rate ranges between 75 percent and 93 percent, depending upon which tissue is affected.

Treatment for very early-stage oral cancer may require only minor surgery.

The major risk factors for oral cancer are smoking and the use of tobacco products, drinking alcohol, especially together, and prior cancer in the region.

For more information about the screening, call (504) 568-4785.

St. Charles Parish holds lunch for veterans

St. Charles Parish will host its annual Veterans Day luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling.

All veterans residing in St. Charles Parish are invited to attend.

Entertainment will be provided by the popular local band Vince Vance & the Valiants and the National World War II Museum Victory Belles vocal trio.

For information call (985) 783-5182.

Weather Service to train SkyWarn volunteers

The National Weather Service will conduct a SkyWarn training session beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center, 15045 River Road, Hahnville. The event is open to the public.

SkyWarn is a voluntary program developed by each National Weather Service Office in which volunteers serve as storm spotters for the NWS and local emergency management programs. The goal is to help deliver timely severe weather warnings.

Basic SkyWarn training sessions last between one and two hours. They cover the definition of severe weather, safety topics, terminology, climatology, safely observing and identifying severe weather, and reporting severe weather events to the local emergency management office and NWS office.

Training in severe storm identification comes from the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge office.

The NWS needs real-time reports of hail size, wind damage, flash flooding, heavy rain and tornado development in order to effectively warn the public. Even though new technology allows meteorologists to issue warnings with more lead time, spotters will always be needed as a link between radar indications of severe weather and on-the-ground information.