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News Article | October 31, 2016
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WUXI, China, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The World IoT Expo is held from October 30th to November 1st, 2016 in Wuxi. The expo is jointly hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and Jiangsu Provincial People's Government. Jointly supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Global Standard 1 (GS1) and Auto-ID Labs, it is the largest and highest scale national-level exposition of the Internet of Things sector in China. The China International IoT Expo has been held annually since 2010, and has become widely known over the past six years. This October, approved by the CPC Central Committee and State Council, it was renamed as the World Internet of Things Exposition. Compared with previous years, this year's event will boast a larger scale, higher-level participants and more advanced technologies. With numerous exhibits and upgraded technologies, the event fosters a new beginning for the Internet of Things Exposition. With the theme of "Create IoT Era, Share Global Intelligence", this expo consists of various activities including the IoT Wuxi Summit, the main exhibition of IoT applications and products, the China National College Innovation Competition of IoT Applications and the 4th Meeting of the Governing Group of Wuxi National Sensor Network Innovation Demonstration Zone. The IoT Wuxi Summit invited guests from home and abroad, such as the president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Zhang Xiaogang and deputy secretary-general of ITU Malcolm Johnson, to deliver keynote speeches. The speakers also includes Khalil Najafi, professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division at the University of Michigan; Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, founder and head of the MIRALab Research Laboratory at the University of Geneva; Alain Crozier, head and chief executive of Microsoft Greater China Region; Wu Hequan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Wang Jian, chief technology officer at Alibaba; Zhang Shunmao, the president of Huawei Marketing and Solutions and Liu Haitao, chairman of World Sensing Net Group (WSN Group). In addition to an IoT competition for college students and a job fair, the event also includes a press conference for releasing the construction plan for a world-class "Internet of Things town" to promote the development of Wuxi's IoT industry. The IoT Wuxi Summit has the following features: More than 3,000 guests from 23 countries and regions attended the exhibition, including 10 ministerial leaders, and 24 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, directors of international associations, the inventor of the COMS integrated circuit and the founder of MEMS Research Center in Singapore. Participants also include senior managers from State-owned companies such as China Railway, State Grid, Sinopec, PetroChina, Aviation Industry Corporation of China. In addition, professors from MIT, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, University of Washington, University of Geneva of Switzerland, Tsinghua University are also in attendance. Managers in charge of technology at overseas companies including IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Bosch, GE, Nokia, NTT, SK Telecom, ARM, Kaspersky, Honeywell and Tesla Motors, as well as domestic ones, including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Huawei, Lenovo, Inspur, Haier, Midea, Foxconn, Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, JD.com, Qihoo 360 and Neusoft will also take part in the event. With its exhibition area expanded to 50,000 m2 from 32,000 m2, the expo accommodates 489 exhibitors who will demonstrate technology applications and practical cases to visitors with interactive displays. Companies participating in the Expo include IBM, Siemens, OMRON, ARM, Infineon Technologies, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, XCMG, China North Industries Group Corporation, Aisino Corporation, Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com, AsiaInfo, Hikvision and Lenovo.


News Article | October 31, 2016
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WUXI, China, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The World IoT Expo is held from October 30th to November 1st, 2016 in Wuxi. The expo is jointly hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and Jiangsu Provincial People's Government. Jointly supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Global Standard 1 (GS1) and Auto-ID Labs, it is the largest and highest scale national-level exposition of the Internet of Things sector in China. The China International IoT Expo has been held annually since 2010, and has become widely known over the past six years. This October, approved by the CPC Central Committee and State Council, it was renamed as the World Internet of Things Exposition. Compared with previous years, this year's event will boast a larger scale, higher-level participants and more advanced technologies. With numerous exhibits and upgraded technologies, the event fosters a new beginning for the Internet of Things Exposition. With the theme of "Create IoT Era, Share Global Intelligence", this expo consists of various activities including the IoT Wuxi Summit, the main exhibition of IoT applications and products, the China National College Innovation Competition of IoT Applications and the 4th Meeting of the Governing Group of Wuxi National Sensor Network Innovation Demonstration Zone. The IoT Wuxi Summit invited guests from home and abroad, such as the president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Zhang Xiaogang and deputy secretary-general of ITU Malcolm Johnson, to deliver keynote speeches. The speakers also includes Khalil Najafi, professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division at the University of Michigan; Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, founder and head of the MIRALab Research Laboratory at the University of Geneva; Alain Crozier, head and chief executive of Microsoft Greater China Region; Wu Hequan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Wang Jian, chief technology officer at Alibaba; Zhang Shunmao, the president of Huawei Marketing and Solutions and Liu Haitao, chairman of World Sensing Net Group (WSN Group). In addition to an IoT competition for college students and a job fair, the event also includes a press conference for releasing the construction plan for a world-class "Internet of Things town" to promote the development of Wuxi's IoT industry. The IoT Wuxi Summit has the following features: More than 3,000 guests from 23 countries and regions attended the exhibition, including 10 ministerial leaders, and 24 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, directors of international associations, the inventor of the COMS integrated circuit and the founder of MEMS Research Center in Singapore. Participants also include senior managers from State-owned companies such as China Railway, State Grid, Sinopec, PetroChina, Aviation Industry Corporation of China. In addition, professors from MIT, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, University of Washington, University of Geneva of Switzerland, Tsinghua University are also in attendance. Managers in charge of technology at overseas companies including IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Bosch, GE, Nokia, NTT, SK Telecom, ARM, Kaspersky, Honeywell and Tesla Motors, as well as domestic ones, including China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Huawei, Lenovo, Inspur, Haier, Midea, Foxconn, Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, JD.com, Qihoo 360 and Neusoft will also take part in the event. With its exhibition area expanded to 50,000 m2 from 32,000 m2, the expo accommodates 489 exhibitors who will demonstrate technology applications and practical cases to visitors with interactive displays. Companies participating in the Expo include IBM, Siemens, OMRON, ARM, Infineon Technologies, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, XCMG, China North Industries Group Corporation, Aisino Corporation, Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com, AsiaInfo, Hikvision and Lenovo.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC, a premier criminal defense law firm located in Tucson, Arizona, is pleased to announce that Firm Partners James Nesci & Joseph P. St. Louis recently presented at the NACDL and NCDD’s 20th Annual DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity Seminar. The event entitled, “High Gear Defenses for Getting to Victory Lane” was held from September 21-24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The national seminar drew in over 350 attorneys from across the country to discuss the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize trial success regarding DUI and drug defense. Nesci lectured on legal ethics within two sections entitled, “Hollywood Squares Ethics” and “The Cure for Bad Breath 2.0: Lecture and Demo”. St. Louis presented a closing arguments section entitled “SEC vs. PAC 12 Summations: Compare and Contrast” along with Attorney John T. Kirk. Tucson DUI Lawyer James Nesci is a partner at Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC. He is the current Dean of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), where he has also served as a sustaining member and regent. He has lectured across the country on numerous criminal defense topics including: cross-examinations, field sobriety testing, blood alcohol calculations, source code litigation, and trial tactics. Nesci authored four editions of “Nesci’s Arizona DUI Defense: The Law & Practice”, and he was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by Woodward/White. He is also rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest attainable peer rating. Additionally, Nesci is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Arizona State Bar Association, and the Pima County Bar Association. Tucson DUI Attorney Joseph P. St. Louis is a partner at Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC. St. Louis is the only lawyer in the state of Arizona certified as a specialist in both criminal defense and DUI defense. He is a regent, sustaining member, and serves on the faculty of the NCDD. St. Louis also frequently presents at legal education seminars throughout the country. He has been named to the “Best Lawyers” in Arizona and New Mexico by Super Lawyers, and he maintains an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating on Martindale-Hubbell. Woodward/White listed St. Louis as a “Best Lawyer in America” for the practice area of DUI defense. St. Louis is a past-president of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and he is a member of the Arizona State Bar Association, the Pima County Bar Association. Additionally, he is a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The criminal defense law firm of Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC is located in Tucson, Arizona. The veteran DUI attorneys have over 50 years of combined legal experience. Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC successfully handles cases pertaining to DUI’s, drug charges, felonies, aggravated assault, domestic violence, and armed robbery. The firm represents clients located throughout Southern Arizona including the counties of Pima, Maricopa, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Pinal, Yuma, and Graham. For more information call 520-777-0235 or visit http://www.azdefense.com to schedule an initial case review to discuss your legal matter.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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Husson University announced today that WHSN 89.3 FM took first place at the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards. This prestigious national collegiate media organization recognized the station’s 2015 live broadcast of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Premature Burial” as the Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Show of the Year. “Our students and faculty are what make the annual “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” broadcast so successful,” says Mark Nason, manager of communications and internships at Husson University’s New England School of Communications (NESCom). “This award stands as a testament to the quality learning experience we make available to our students. With modern broadcast equipment and knowledgeable, experienced faculty members, NESCom’s radio production program is regarded by many as the best in Maine.” The College Media Association’s (CMA) Pinnacle Awards honor the best college media organizations and individual work. The contest is open to student work produced by any college media organization during an academic year. The awards, presented at the Fall National College Media Convention, recognize achievements by college TV and radio stations, online media outlets, magazines, newspapers and yearbooks. In winning this first place award, WHSN 89.3 FM prevailed over similar programs at much larger universities. Second place went to West Virginia University’s (WVU) “Moose in the Morning.” The Fall 2015 enrollment at WVU’s main campus is 28,776. Fall 2015 WVU System enrollment is 31,514. Third place went to WZIS-FM at Indiana State University (ISU). Total enrollment at ISU during the fall of 2015 was 13,584 students. Husson University, by comparison, is much smaller. Fall 2015 enrollment at Husson was 3,420 students. Husson continues to grow. In Fall 2016, Husson University enrollment was 3,682. “Our radio program is just as good, if not better, than those at larger colleges and universities,” continued Nason. “The individual attention NESCom students get as part of their education is one of the reasons why so many of our graduates go on to achieve career success after graduation.” The live radio broadcast of Poe’s “The Premature Burial” was performed as a live 1940’s-style radio drama from the stage of the Gracie Theatre. It featured a cast of Husson University students and local area residents. Members of the audience got to see everything that goes into the creation of a live radio drama – including the terrifying sound effects. “The Premature Burial” by Edgar Allan Poe is about a man who randomly falls into a death-like trance. As a result of this condition, he’s afraid that he’ll be mistakenly declared dead and subsequently buried alive. He becomes obsessed by this fear. To protect himself, he refuses to leave his home and builds an elaborate burial chamber with equipment that will allow him to signal for help in case he finds himself entombed accidentally. Then, one day, he awakens in pitch darkness in a confined area. Despite his precautions, was he buried alive? In past years, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” has received accolades and recognition from a variety of organizations. Recognition for past productions includes: “The Cask of Amontillado” 2011 – Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts - Honorable Mention Student Audio Comedy or Drama category “The Fall of the House of Usher” 2012 - BEA Festival of Media Arts - First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category 2013 - College Media Association Pinnacle Awards - Finalist - Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Pit and the Pendulum” 2013 - Maine Association of Broadcasters - Second Place Locally Produced Program category “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 2014 - College Media Association Pinnacle Awards - First Place - Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program 2014 - BEA Festival of Media Arts - First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category 2014 – College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards - Finalist Best Special Broadcast 2014 - Maine Association of Broadcasters -Third Place Locally Produced Program category In reflecting on the success of the live radio show, Husson University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan remarked, “Members of the public and our campus community who attend these live broadcast have seen, first hand, why the New England School of Communications at Husson University is regarded as one of the region’s leading educators of media professionals. The professional quality of our students and the broadcast is impressive.” Completed in October of 2009, the Gracie Theatre is Husson University's center for the fine and performing arts. This beautiful new 500-seat theatre is quickly earning a reputation as one of Maine’s premier performance venues. In addition, The Gracie also serves as a learning platform for students from the New England School of Communications in digital audio, sound mixing, set design and construction, lighting, acting and electronics. For more information, visit GracieTheatre.com The New England School of Communications (NESCom) at Husson University offers Bachelor of Science degrees in communications technology, mass communications, and entertainment production. Within these degrees, students may choose from concentrations in audio engineering, live sound technology, video production, web media, entertainment production, journalism, marketing communications, radio broadcasting, and sports journalism. NESCom specializes in communications and provides students with a hands-on experience that gives them the education and skills needed for today's job market. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.


News Article | February 17, 2017
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Tom Barton Attorney at Law, has defied convention in the Henry County DUI criminal defense market with the release of its new 24/7 face-to-face free consultation service. Now all people who were charged with DUI can take an advantage of the service. — Tom Barton, an experienced DUI lawyer, understands how critical this decision is for the client’s future and for their family. He has been representing clients faced with a criminal charges for over 20 years across Georgia including Fayette, Butts, Rockdale and the surrounding counties. So as a welcome breath of fresh air, Tom Barton will instead absolutely grantee a professional straight to the point DUI legal advice. Tom Barton chose to make this move because he believes all clients have right to be instantly protected and satisfied . Click Here to read his case results The best defense when faced with any DUI arrest, whether it is happened before or not, is to contact a lawyer skilled in drunk driving defense as soon as possible. Attorney Barton is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense and the Defense of Drinking Driver’s Network. For both state and federal criminal court representation, an aggressive and honest attorney and an experienced trial lawyer, the client can count on his representation. For more information, please visit http://www.bartonduilaw.com/


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The DuPage County criminal defense law firm of Ramsell & Associates, LLC announces that Founding Attorney Donald J. Ramsell has been selected as a 2017 Illinois Super Lawyer in recognition of his outstanding work in the criminal law arena. This year marks Ramsell’s 11th Super Lawyers designation since 2005. Super Lawyers is an attorney rating service spanning over 70 practice areas, which highlights the top attorneys in each state based on a high degree of client service and peer acknowledgement. Only the top five percent of attorneys in Illinois are named Super Lawyers each year. DuPage DUI Lawyer Donald J. Ramsell is the founder and managing partner of Ramsell & Associates, LLC. Throughout his legal career, Ramsell has defended over 10,000 DUI cases. He is Board Certified in DUI Defense, and is a Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). In 2016, Ramsell authored a legal publication entitled, “Illinois DUI Law and Practice Guidebook.” To date, he has authored over 30 publications related to DUI law. Ramsell is a past president of the DuPage County Bar Association, and the DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Additonally, he is ranked as a “Top DUI Lawyer” on Avvo based on exceptional client service and peer recognition. Ramsell has been featured as a legal analyst on numerous media outlets including: 20/20, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and various radio shows and podcasts. Ramsell & Associates, LLC, founded by Attorney Donald J. Ramsell, has represented the rights of indiviuals in DuPage County for over 25 years. The firm has successfully defended over 13,000 drivers since its establishment. The team of dedicated Illinois attorneys at Ramsell & Associates, LLC handles a wide variety of criminal charges including: DUI defense, drug crimes, property crimes, traffic violations, white collar crimes, juvenile offenses, and expungements and sealing. Ramsell & Associates, LLC represents clients throughout DuPage County including the towns of Wheaton, Naperville, Carol Stream, and Glen Ellyn. For more information call 1-800-DIAL-DUI or visit http://www.dupage-dui-attorney.com today.


NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 6, 2016) -  Texas A&M University quarterback, Trevor Knight was named the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient at the National Football Foundation's Annual Awards ceremonies press conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City today by the award's namesake, Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Danny Wuerffel. The Wuerffel Trophy, presented by the All Sports Association, is college football's premier award for community service. It is presented to the college football player (Football Bowl Subdivision) who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. "Trevor Knight has consistently demonstrated selfless acts of community service throughout his college career," said Wuerffel, whose own college and professional football career embodies the level of humanitarian and community service work the Wuerffel Trophy aspires to honor. "Being an inspiration to others on and off the field is what this trophy represents. We are honored to add Trevor to our distinguished list of Wuerffel Trophy recipients." Knight helped lead the Aggies to a 8-4 record in 2016, after transferring from the University of Oklahoma and earning his undergraduate degree in business administration. He is currently enrolled in the Mays Business School at A&M. At Oklahoma he was a 5-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member, 7-time Sooner Scholar and an Academics All-Big 12. After leading three mission trips to Haiti while at OU, Knight was the driving force to set up a similar mission trip at A&M this year. Additionally he has participated in countless local community service efforts with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, local churches, schools and other organizations in Norman, Oklahoma and College Station, Texas. Knight is a two-time Wuerffel Trophy nominee. The Wuerffel Trophy is named after Wuerffel, who is one of the most decorated players in football history at the University of Florida. In 1996, he not only led the Gators to win their first national championship as quarterback, but also went on to win nearly a dozen awards that year including the coveted Heisman Trophy. Wuerffel has received many honors since 1996, including induction into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great," the Gator Football Ring of Honor and election into the College Football Hall of Fame; however he says one of his greatest professional achievements has been the work he has accomplished for inner-city church leaders as executive director for the nonprofit Desire Street Ministries. "To leverage the use of your talents, your time and the influence you have on others for the betterment of humanity is always an incredible challenge," said Wuerffel. "I think in so many ways, how we care for those who are hurting and on the margins and fringes of society ultimately defines who we are." As 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient, Knight will be interviewed on ESPNU and ESPN3 during "The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show," at 6 p.m. EST Dec. 8, prior to The Home Depot College Football Awards Show at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. Knight will be formally presented with the Wuerffel Trophy at the All Sports Association's 48th Annual Awards banquet on Feb. 10 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. University of Miami head coach Mark Richt will be the keynote speaker at the event. For available corporate sponsorships contact: Tom Brassell, Executive Director, (850) 585-5512. To learn more about The Wuerffel Trophy, visit www.wuerffeltrophy.org. ABOUT THE WUERFFEL TROPHY: The Wuerffel Trophy is college football's premier award for community service. The All Sports Association, based in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, presents the Wuerffel Trophy to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best exhibits exemplary community service, along with qualifying academic and athletic achievement. As the trophy namesake, Danny Wuerffel, former Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida who had a six year career as quarterback in the National Football League, embodies the three categories of the award: community service, academics and athletics. Past winners of the Wuerffel Trophy include: Ty Darlington, University of Oklahoma (2015); Deterrian Shackelford, University of Mississippi (2014); Gabe Ikard, University of Oklahoma (2013); Matt Barkley, University of Southern California (2012); Barrett Jones, University of Alabama (2011); Sam Acho, University of Texas (2010); Tim Hiller, Western Michigan University (2009); Tim Tebow, University of Florida (2008); Paul Smith, University of Tulsa (2007); Joel Penton, Ohio State University (2006); and Rudy Niswanger, Louisiana State University (2005). The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association, which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. For more information, go to www.NCFAA.org and www.wuerffeltrophy.org.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - November 30, 2016) - With statistics showing an increase in driving under the influence (DUI) charges during the holiday season, attorneys with The Oswalt Law Firm are providing Arizonans with tips for finding a qualified attorney to handle a DUI case. "There's no denying Arizona has the nation's strictest laws for DUI. Penalties for being caught -- rightly or wrongly -- range from overnight stays in jail to up to four (4) months in prison just for the first charge. Additional charges can result in years of prison time. That's why selecting the right attorney for representation is the best bet for getting penalties reduced or expunged," explained one Oswalt Law Firm attorney. Tips For Selecting The Right DUI Attorney Search for an attorney who is certified to handle DUI cases. Web sites for the State Bar of Arizona (www.azbar.org) or the National College for DUI Defense (www.ncdd.com) provide searchable data bases for online readers. Both sites allow for the input of details of their own situation before being provided with a list of nearby certified attorneys. Personal recommendations from friends or family members who have completed litigation for a DUI charge can also be helpful. Interview prospective attorneys. Before selecting an attorney, interview them either on the phone or in person. Specifically, ask about their experiences in defending DUI cases and how many they have handled successfully. Other good questions to ask include: Make sure the attorney is licensed. Only a licensed attorney can represent you in court. Do not fall for false assurances. Straightforward and trustworthy attorneys will be honest about the chances of prevailing in court. For more information about DUI laws in Arizona, visit oswaltlawyers.com or call (602) 225-2222. About Oswalt Law Group: With offices in Phoenix, Tempe and Peoria, The Oswalt Law Group provides professional criminal representation for those who are charged with all types of offenses, including DUI, homicide, theft, sexual offenses and fraud. The firm is dedicated to providing aggressive and quality representation regardless of the charges made.


News Article | December 6, 2016
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BRADENTON, FL--(Marketwired - December 05, 2016) - Dylan Moses, a senior at IMG Academy, has received the national high school Butkus Award® honoring the nation's top high school linebacker. The high school Butkus Award was presented as a surprise during a team banquet by its namesake, legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, and his son Matt, before players, coaches and family. Moses won the Butkus Award after leading his team to a perfect 12-0 record, playing the best competition in the country. At 6-2, 225 lbs., Moses recorded 116 tackles during the Ascenders' perfect season where they held nationally ranked opponents to 9 points a game. He grew up in Baton Rouge and was star athlete in Louisiana before transferring to IMG Academy for his senior year of high school. The committee said: "Moses is a prototype linebacker with rare speed and exceptional knockback body power. He's been a force the last four years since he arrived in high school and is consistently impactful wherever he lines up. He has immense potential, and his future looks extremely bright. This year's linebacker class was one of the strongest in the last decade and included many exceptional football players." Last year's high school Butkus Award winner was Caleb Kelly, Clovis West High School, Calif., who now plays for the Oklahoma Sooners. The 2016 collegiate Butkus Award was presented to Reuben Foster of Alabama. The 2016 pro Butkus Award, won the past two years by Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, will be presented in early 2017. The Butkus Award® selection committee is comprised of football coaches, recruiters, talent scouts and journalists who study football talent yearlong. Selectors are asked to recognize qualities that defined Butkus' career; toughness, on-field leadership, competitiveness, football character, and linebacking skills. Selectors and criteria are posted at www.thebutkusaward.com. Created in 1985, the Butkus Award® is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. In addition to honoring top linebackers, the Butkus Award helps spread the word about the I Play Clean® initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 22 most prestigious awards in college football with 722 years of selection excellence.


News Article | December 5, 2016
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BIRMINGHAM, AL--(Marketwired - December 04, 2016) - The 32nd annual collegiate Butkus Award® honoring the nation's best collegiate linebacker was presented today to Reuben Foster, a senior at the University of Alabama. The bronze trophy was presented in-person by its namesake Dick Butkus and his son Matt as a surprise at a team banquet here, following Alabama's SEC championship Saturday. Foster received 77 points in the Butkus Award voting, becoming the fourth Butkus Award winner from Alabama, matching Oklahoma. Past Alabama winners; C.J. Mosley in 2013, Rolando McClain in 2009, and the late Derrick Thomas in 1988, who later joined Mr. Butkus in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Runner-up was Zach Cunningham of Vanderbilt with 56 points and Jarrad Davis of Florida with 32 points. Rounding out the top five were LSU's Kendall Beckwith and Iowa's Josey Jewell. Those receiving write-in votes included Alabama's Ryan Anderson and Shaun Dion Hamilton, Ohio State's Raekwon McMillan and UCLA's Jayon Brown. The selection committee stated: "Reuben Foster is a complete linebacker with the instincts, closing burst, explosion and on-field leadership traits that set the tone for the nation's top defense. He is a fearless striker who plays the game with intensity and passion. The way he uncoils on contact and the way his teammates gravitate toward him are both reminiscent of Mr. Butkus. After finishing second to Jaylon Smith in the high school balloting four years ago, Foster distinguished himself in this year's collegiate class." The Butkus Award® selection committee is comprised of football coaches, recruiters, talent scouts and journalists who study football talent yearlong. Selectors are asked to recognize qualities that defined Butkus' career; toughness, on-field leadership, competitiveness, football character, and linebacking skills. The 2015 collegiate Butkus Award winner was Jaylon Smith (now Dallas Cowboys). A 2016 high school winner will be named soon, and a 2016 pro winner will be named early in 2017. Created in 1985, the Butkus Award® is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. In addition to honoring top linebackers, the Butkus Award helps spread the word about the I Play Clean® initiative which encourages teens to eat well, train hard, and play with attitude instead of resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 22 most prestigious awards in college football with 722 years of selection excellence.

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