Haitians watch the L.A. County Search and Rescue working at a collapsed building in downtown Port-au-Prince, Jan. 16, 2010. Weak walls allow for a "pancake collapse" like this one, one engineer says.
President Obama greets Norm Eisen, the White House's ethics czar, in January 2009. Obama used a recess appointment to give Eisen, a friend from law school, the job as U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic just before Christmas.
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Erin Ryan, daughter of the late Rep. Leo Ryan, spoke with StoryCorps at NPR's Washington headquarters this week. She had dinner with her father the night before he left for Jonestown.
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