the MU School of Medicine's class of 2018 thanks family, friends and mentors

At the urging of Linda Headrick, senior associate dean for education and professor of medicine, the MU School of Medicine's class of 2018 turned around and acknowledged the contributions of family, friends and mentors at the conclusion of the White Coat Ceremony at the Missouri Theatre on Friday.

Kimberly Hoffman adjusts Emily Wein's hair

Kimberly Hoffman, associate dean for learning strategies, adjusts Emily P. Wein's hair after being coated during the class of 2018's White Coat Ceremony at the Missouri Theatre on Friday. John Gay, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and associate dean for curricular improvement, left, would straighten the recipient's coats once donned before Interim Dean Les Hall, right, would shake their hand and pose with them for a picture.

Marc Borenstein speaks to School of Medicine class of 2018

Keynote speaker Marc Borenstein, professor, program director and chair of the MU Department of Emergency Medicine, speaks to the the School of Medicine's class of 2018 during its White Coat Ceremony at the Missouri Theatre on Friday. "You've got to keep your nurses with you," Borenstein said. "This is a team sport."

Alison Martin goes through staging directions with class of 2018

MU School of Medicine Director of Admissions Alison Martin, left, goes through staging directions with the class of 2018 prior to the White Coat Ceremony at the Missouri Theatre on Friday.

Elizabeth Hobbs and John Clay to marry in May 2015

Elizabeth Ruth Hobbs and John Russell Clay plan to marry in May of 2015 in Washington, Missouri.

Evelyn and David Ewing's hand-stitched quilt survives fire

A few of Evelyn and David Ewing's possessions that survived a fire that claimed their home sit in Steve Schnarr and Melanie Cheney's driveway on Thursday. The quilt was a wedding gift that was hand-stitched by Evelyn Ewing's grandmother. "She used to do it 24/7," Evelyn Ewing said of her grandmother's quilting. "She'd do it in the living room watching Days of Our Lives."

David Ewing looks through photo album

David Ewing looks through a photo album that was lightly charred in the fire that caused $80,000 in damage to his home. Ewing found the albums in a chest that was beneath a pile of clothes. He thinks the clothes protected the photos and the chest from the fire and the water used to extinguish the blaze.

Evelyn and David Ewing sit in hotel room

Evelyn and David Ewing sit in their hotel room Thursday. They've been staying at the Residence Inn since a fire destroyed their home Tuesday. In the fire, the couple lost 15 sewing machines, a few guitars, four computers and their two cats, Gypsy and Miller.

David Ewing holds handmade wooden box

David Ewing holds a box that survived the fire that destroyed his home and most of his possessions. He and his wife, Evelyn Ewing, are staying at a hotel until they can find a new place to live. The box was made from wood Evelyn Ewing's father had been drying to make bows. None of which survived the fire.

NBA referee Violet Palmer plans marriage to partner

In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, Memphis Grizzlies coach David Joerger, right, speaks with referee Violet Palmer during the first half of a game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. Palmer, the first woman to referee an NBA game, says she will marry her longtime female partner this week.

Oscar Taveras celebrates a homer

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras points to the sky as he reaches home plate following his two-run homer against the San Diego Padres in the second inning Thursday in San Diego. The Cardinals won 6-2.

Fisher talks with Rams general manager

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, right, talks with Rams general manager Les Snead during training camp at the team's practice facility on Saturday.

Chiefs safety Berry at training camp

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry keeps Anthony Fasano from catching a pass Wednesday during training camp.

Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections

This photo from 2010 shows chickens Sparks, Md. The Obama administration announced Thursday rules that would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors by about a fourth. But those that remain will focus more on food safety, rather than quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens. There would also be more inspectors checking to make sure facilities are clean.

Charles Beck, Jeanette Keeler talk to representatives at Project Homeless Connect

Charles Beck and Jeanette Keeler, an MU student pursing a master's degree in social work, talk to representatives from organizations offering services to homeless Columbia residents at Project Homeless Connect. Beck talked to representatives from the Social Security Administration and the Daniel Boone Regional Library while at the event Thursday at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street.

Michael 'Mikey Mike' Misslin fills bag with hygiene supplies

Michael "Mikey Mike" Misslin fills his bag with the free hygiene supplies he received at Project Homeless Connect on Thursday. Misslin said he liked that all the services were consolidated into one place, making them easier to access for community members in need.

Shay Whitley cuts Artemio Ramirez's hair

Artemio Ramirez gets his hair cut by cosmetology student Shay Whitley during Columbia's Project Homeless Connect on Thursday at the Missouri United Methodist Church. Ramirez has been living in Columbia for two months. He became homeless two weeks ago.

FROM READERS: Hot air balloon flies over home

Missourian reader John Hall submitted this photo of a hot air balloon flying over his house in Columbia.

Esa Murray relaxes in his new apartment

Esa Murray lies on the mattress of his new apartment on Wednesday. Murray, a veteran of the Iraq War, was among dozens of homeless veterans placed into individual apartments as part of Operation: Reveille. Murray has been homeless on and off for the last four years. He has been living in and out of a hotel rooms and the Mississippi riverfront without a tent.

Marsha Knudsen reads aloud

Marsha Knudsen reads a piece she wrote titled "Ready or Not" on Tuesday.