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Mask sewing tutorials abound on YouTube. (Kathy Braidich / YouTube)

An active community of sewers in Chicago and across the U.S. has stepped up to the challenge of making cloth masks to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

In this April 15, 1970 photo made available by NASA, a group of flight controllers gather around the console of Glenn S. Lunney, foreground seated, Shift 4 flight director, in the Mission Operations Control Room of Mission Control Center in Houston. (NASA via AP)

Apollo 13’s astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years ago. Even when their oxygen tank ruptured two days later — on April 13.

In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, abortion rights demonstrators including Jaylene Solache, of Dallas, Texas, right, rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

The coronavirus outbreak has fueled attempts to ban abortions in some states, but providers where the procedure remains available report increased demand, often from women distraught over economic stress and health concerns linked to the pandemic.

In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event for Obama Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo / Vincent Thian, File)

When We All Vote, a nonpartisan voting initiative, says Americans should have greater access to voting by mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration.

Watch the April 13, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

The 20-acre West Ridge Nature Preserve is temporarily closed. (John Iwanski / Flickr)

An influx of visitors has made social distancing difficult, so the preserve was padlocked over the weekend. Nearby, Rosehill Cemetery has also closed its grounds to the general public.

A still image taken from a video showing the demolition of the Crawford Power Generating Station smokestack in Little Village on Saturday, April 11, 2020. (Alejandro Reyes / YouTube)

Chicago is investigating the demolition of a former coal plant in Little Village and halting additional work at the site following an uproar over the smokestack’s implosion, which sent a plume of fine powder all over the neighborhood.

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Chicago Public Schools students are now back in the classroom — virtually, that is. Students officially began remote learning Monday, but many people argue that nothing can replace time in the classroom.

Josh Blue, a vice principal at English Schools Foundation Kennedy School in Hong Kong, speaks with “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, April 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

Chicago Public Schools has just started its remote learning program, but schools in other cities have been holding virtual classes for weeks. We speak with a Palatine native who is the vice principal at a school nearly 8,000 miles away.

(U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)

Patients who have recovered from the coronavirus can help those struggling to fight the disease, as part of a clinical trial just launched by University of Chicago Medicine – the first trial of its kind in the area.

Chicago musician Dave Specter speaks with WTTW News outside Delmark Records.

It makes sense that a veteran Chicago blues and jazz musician is on the city’s oldest blues and jazz record label. We visit Dave Specter and Delmark Records for a look back — and forward.

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What Illinois social service agencies are doing to mitigate the risks seniors face during the pandemic.

New statewide totals: 22,025 cases, 794 deaths

A small business in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

Between March 1 and April 4, the state received 513,173 initial unemployment claims, surpassing the total number of claims filed in 2019, according to Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

The partly demolished site of the former Crawford Power Generating Station, which was active from 1925 to 2012. (WTTW News)

The Little Village community has already been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19. Now, residents are fuming about the demolition of a smokestack that gave rise to a plume of dust and particulate matter that wafted through the neighborhood.

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