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Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Instead, the court found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of the lesser charge of kidnapping and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Then and Now: Saad Shoe Repair

In 1909, 15-year-old Eli Saad arrived nearly penniless in Spokane. His older brothers Paul and John had started the Saad Bros. Shoe Repair, Pool Room and Cigars in 1906, and he soon joined the business.

Front & Center: Saving soles, one shoe at a time

Greg Ressa, owner of Ressa’s Shoe Service, discusses his introduction to shoe repair, how footwear’s evolution has changed his business, and which brands he most admires.

Then and Now: Unique Building housed Saad’s

Eli Saad was born in Beirut around 1885. Members of the Saad family always called themselves Syrian, because in that era, Beirut was part of Syria. In 1909, he arrived nearly penniless in Spokane. His older brothers Paul and John had started the Saad’s Bros. Shoe Repair, Pool Room and Cigars in 1906. Eli joined the business and they moved to the northeast corner of Main and Wall in 1910. In those early days, there was usually a barbershop in the building to capitalize on men waiting for Saad’s “quick shoe repair.”

The Dirt

Saad’s moves to new location Saad’s Shoe Repair will move out of NorthTown Mall and lease 1,100 square feet in the nearby Northtown Office Building at 4407 N. Division St.

Downtown shoe repair institution has closed

Two untimely deaths have closed the doors of one of Spokane’s longest-enduring downtown businesses. Saad’s Shoe Repair shut down its store at 215 N. Wall St. at the end of November, said Larry Alfano, owner of the business.

Beloved employee of Saad’s dies at 77

Every once in a while, a customer at Saad’s Shoe Repair will drop off a pair of shoes to be fixed and forget to pick them up. Most of the forgotten pairs eventually get donated to local churches or other charities.

Education Notebook: Center collecting shoes for students

The Mission Community Outreach Center, 1906 E. Mission Ave., is helping students in need get ready for the school year with its Back to School Shoe Drive. New shoes for children in kindergarten through 12th grade will be collected through Aug. 5. The center’s goal is to collect 400 pairs of shoes.