Kelly Kandah, who owns a cupcake bakery that was one of the hundreds of businesses attacked and ransacked during recent riots, says she’s been receiving threats for cooperating with law enforcement officials investigating those responsible for using peaceful protests as cover for violence.
Kandah, who owns Colossal Cupcakes in Cleveland, Ohio, said she’s received notes and messages threatening to loot, ransack, and burn down her store if she reopens.
“She said she also received complaints that her cooperation with investigators is ‘unfair,’ that she shouldn’t be cooperating with the FBI and that what she is doing is ‘against the cause, which I’m actually absolutely for the cause, but it’s upsetting people that I would involve the police over something such as property.’”
She and her staff hid in the back of the store, hoping to protect themselves and the shop’s expensive bakery equipment while rioters broke the store’s windows and ransacked the dining room.
“My family built it up, [I] listened to it get absolutely destroyed,” she said in an interview last month. “That whole time we were locked in there … I just listened to everything getting shattered and crushed.”
In a follow-up interview Monday, Kandah said that, while the rioting has ended, the violence has not.
“I was showing some of the damage and I was leaving, a friend and myself, and someone walking by approached us and said, ‘When the store rebuilds, when you rebuild this, I’m going to come back and destroy it again and you.’ He kept walking and was gone,” she said.
Headed to The Markets
Stock futures recovered earlier losses after White House trade advisor Peter Navarro clarified that the U.S.-China trade deal is not over.
As of Monday evening stateside, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures was near flat, implying a Tuesday opening gain of around 58 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures also pointed to a flat open for the two indexes.
“My comments have been taken wildly out of context,” Navarro said in a statement. “They had nothing at all to do with the Phase I trade deal, which continues in place.”
President Donald Trump also tweeted that the existing trade deal remains in place.
Earlier in the session, Dow futures had dropped about 400 points. Futures plunged after Navarro’s Monday interview on Fox News’ “The Story.”
On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 153 points, or 0.6%. The S&P 500 also registered a gain, climbing 0.7%.
The Nasdaq Composite was the outperformer, rising more than 1%, thank to helps from mega-cap technology companies. The close marks a record close of the technology heavy index, its 20th of the year. Shares of Apple ticked up 2.6% and shares of Microsoft rose nearly 3%.
While stocks started the week on a strong foot, it came under thin trading. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), which tracks the broader market index, traded more than 67 million shares on Monday. That’s well below the ETF’s 30-day volume average of 105.01 million.
“The message today may be that the virus and the bull market can coexist,” Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, told CNBC. “Despite back to back days of Covid19 cases above 30,000 over the weekend and ongoing reports of hot spots, the stock market managed to post a strong gain. Market action seems to suggest that investors expect the economy to continue improving in the months ahead even though the country is likely to experience spotty or temporary spikes in the virus.”
What’s Trump Up To?
The libs and the press are going to hate this…
President Trump sat down for a lighthearted Father’s Day-themed video interview with his son Donald Trump Jr., who promptly “went there.”
“Before you leave office, will you let us know if there are aliens? Because this is the only thing I really want to know. I want to know what’s going on. Would you ever open up Roswell and let us know what’s going on there?” Trump Jr. asked in the video produced by Trump’s presidential campaign.
“So many people ask me that question,” the president said. “There are millions and millions of people that want to go there, that want to see it. I won’t talk to you about what I know about it but it’s very interesting. But Roswell is a very interesting place with a lot of people that would like to know what’s going on.”
When Trump Jr. pushed his father on whether he will ever declassify information about Roswell, the president said, “I’ll have to think about that one.”
Reports of UFOs have circulated for years. Earlier this year, the Pentagon declassified footage showing “unidentified aerial phenomena” of military encounters with other aircraft that behaved in a way that one pilot told the New York Times was “like nothing I’ve ever seen.”
Trump is epic at baiting his “haters!”
This is Interesting
Archaeologists have discovered a huge 1.2-mile-wide ring of Neolithic shafts near Stonehenge in southern England.
Experts led by the U.K.’s University of Bradford report that the shafts are up to 32.8 feet wide and 16.4 feet deep. The structures have been carbon-dated to 2500 B.C.
Up to 20 shafts have been identified, but archaeologists think that, originally, there may have been more than 30.
The shafts form a ring around the “super henge” at Durrington Walls, a much larger Neolithic monument than Stonehenge. Super henge is located about two miles from Stonehenge and is 15 times larger than its famous counterpart
“The area around Stonehenge is among the most studied archaeological landscapes on earth and it is remarkable that the application of new technology can still lead to the discovery of such a massive prehistoric structure which, currently, is significantly larger than any comparative prehistoric monument that we know of in Britain, at least,” said Professor Vince Gaffney of the University of Bradford.