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Early in 2020, Apple appeared to be caught in a horrible bind. The initial spread of the coronavirus shut down the factories in China that assemble its iPhones and also closed retail stores in a country that ranks as the company’s second biggest market. Things looked even bleaker in March after the global pandemic shoved the U.S. economy into a deep downturn. Since then, Apple has managed to shine amid the gloom, putting it on the cusp of becoming the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion. 

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COVID-19 hit the company full force, but it’s still standing and should be able to continue operating through 2021, even if the 7 parks that are currently open were forced by health concerns to close.

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Workers at the Allentown Municipal Golf Course say they haven't seen flooding this bad in over 14 years and now the business along with many others are picking up the pieces from the damage.

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· Neighbors Home and Garden Center in Hellertown to close for good after 30 years in business

· Morrison Healthcare on 250 S. 21st Street in Easton will close June 30.

. Dollar General opens at 1167 MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township

· Tower Health Urgent Care to open new location at 1050 East Philadelphia Avenue in Gilbertsville on Wednesday, March 18

· The Flying V food truck plans to open a brick-and-mortar location at 201 Third Street in Bethlehem this summer

· Bow Wow and Meow, a pet store at the Mountainville Shopping Center in Allentown, to close March 20

· Domaci, a Bethlehem-based home furnishings retailer, will be moving from its current location at 21 E. Third Street to the forthcoming Riverport Market at 17 W. 2nd St. in South Bethlehem later this year.

· KidsPeace Clinical Director Dominick DiSalvo appointed to governor's task force studying the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system

· PPL named a 2020 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, after earning perfect score on Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index

· Chad Paul to retire as president and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania

· Jean-Claude Dubacher has been appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of B. Braun Medical Inc.

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