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05/31/16: El Faro; LEARN Jax; First Coast Success; Women's Wednesdays

El Faro

There’s still a lot to learn about the tragic loss of the El Faro.

The Jacksonville-based cargo ship that sank last October at sea during Hurricane Joaquin, killing all 33 people on board.

Two weeks of hearings recently wrapped up looking into the cause of the El Faro disaster.

And it was a sometimes contentious proceeding, with one investigator called the sinking "a colossal failure" of management before he apologized and took back the comment.

Investigators do want to confirm what mistakes were made, and also explore ways to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.

We recap the hearings with Jacksonville maritime attorney Rod Sullivan and WJCT News reporter Ryan Benk.

LEARN Jacksonville

A recent partnership between the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and the University of North Florida's Division of Continuing Education is providing local residents the opportunity to access LEARN Jacksonville, the non-credit, personal enrichment offerings at UNF, through their neighborhood YMCAs this summer.

Edythe Abdullah, interim dean of the Division of Continuing Education at UNF, and Felina Martin, director of healthy living innovations at the YMCA, join us with the details.

First Coast Success

In this month's edition of First Coast Success, the Daily Record's Karen Mathis profiles former Mayo Clinic executive and community leader Madeline Scales-Taylor.

Women's Wednesdays

Women’s Wednesdays, a unique speaker series in St. Augustine featuring some of the fiercest women of the First Coast, begins this week.

Kelly Youngs, founder of She Is Fierce and Women’s Wednesdays, joins us with a look at who is coming up in the series.

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.