Fort Belvoir service dog pairing program abruptly shut down; Trump says U.S. trade with China ‘one-sided and unfair’

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, Nov. 9.

The Warrior Canine Connection service dog pairing program housed at Fort Belvoir and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was suddenly shut down without reason on Oct. 27. The Warrior Canine Connection executive director said that to his knowledge, there were no apparent problems with the program—like a dog biting someone or issues with staff members.

Though President Trump has said that the United States-China trade relationship is “a very one-sided and unfair one,” calling for the U.S. to “change its policies,” Trump said “I don’t blame China. Who can blame a country that is able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens?”
(The Washington Post)

Virginia College Application Week is Nov. 13-17, during which participating students from 66 high schools will be urged to submit one or more college applications. Some of the 41 postsecondary institutions participating will waive application fees and offer on-site acceptances.

Reston Hospital Center (1850 Town Center Parkway) was recently named a Level II Trauma Center, a distinction that has not taken place in Northern Virginia in over a decade. Now one of the state’s 19 trauma centers, Reston Hospital Center will welcome trauma patients in need of immediate care.
(Reston Now)

Now that local media outlet DCist has been shut down, Rachel Sadon, the former editor-in-chief, will publish a Washington, D.C., news links roundup on ARLnow every day.

Manassas’ Weems Elementary was one of 13 schools awarded the Virginia Governor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education. Over 120 schools were nominated.
(What’s Up Woodbridge)

Jordan Baird, the 27-year-old popstar son of Manassas’ The Life Church leader, faces seven counts of indecent liberties with a child plus one count of sexual offense with a minor via computer. All of these alleged incidents took place with one The Life Church attendee. Baird will appear before a Prince William County Circuit Court jury Jan. 8-10.
(Prince William Times)