Madeline Fox

Palm Beach County Reporter

Madeline Fox covers Palm Beach County for WLRN. Her reporting focuses on income inequality, opioid addiction and treatment, and immigrant communities.

She previously reported on foster care, mental health and welfare programs for KCUR's Kansas News Service. Her reporting revealed chronic issues with the state's underfunded mental health services, understaffed state agencies and opaque decision-making on policies affecting the most vulnerable Kansans.

Coming to WLRN is a homecoming of sorts. Madeline's first hands-on radio experience was as a WLRN intern, where she covered everything from parades to protests to presidential residences. Her interest in radio began in infancy, though – Oregon Public Broadcasting, then her local NPR station, played on the car and kitchen radios for most of her childhood.

She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and international studies.

Madeline spends her free time listening to podcasts, likes volunteering at local libraries, tries not to kill her houseplants and takes ballet classes whenever she can (she's a mediocre, but enthusiastic, ballerina).

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Saturday, November 30th

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Black Friday has traditionally been a big-box store experience. Families pore over ads and pick out the items they’re going to run for as soon as the doors open, some as early as Thanksgiving Day itself.

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In the background of their morning television program, observant CBS and NBC viewers might have glimpsed a wooden replica 1920s steamboat. 

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The FBI’s most recent data, for 2018, shows the number of hate crimes logged by the FBI in Florida holding fairly steady – 141 total hate crimes, down from 145. But it follows a 50 percent increase of hate crimes in the state from 2016 to 2017.

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It was a beautiful Tuesday morning at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The sun was sparkling off the clear blue water, a light breeze was stirring through the native trees and plants, and – notably – children in matching polos were bouncing up and down with excitement about climbing the historic red tower.

“Look at all of them in their little red shirts,” said Jamie Stuve, who oversees the lighthouse area’s historical functions as the president and CEO of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. “They love it, that makes me so happy.”

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A celebration of veterans’ contributions and sacrifices outside Greenacres City Hall for Veterans Day hit repeatedly on the psychological, as well as the physical, wounds that soldiers bring home.

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The city of Delray Beach wants to make sure its elementary school students read at grade level.

It kicked off its eighth annual “Delray Reads” event at Plumosa School of the Arts on Thursday morning with the school choir singing to volunteers about how important it is to "Read, Read, Read."

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Palm Beach County has a bustling craft beer scene – more than a dozen breweries span the area between Tequesta and Boca Raton.

Now it’s adding a new self-serve taproom featuring beers from across the county, state and country. 

John Macatangay, the founder of Delray Beach-based Hopportunities, envisioned it as a German-style beer hall – part community gathering place, part watering hole, part event area and part art gallery.

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Planned burning for Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach started Monday.

The prescribed burning season will run through the end of May for the Okeeheelee Park Natural Area and through the end of October for Okeeheelee Park South – seven months and nearly a full year, respectively.

Greg Atkinson, Palm Beach County’s parks operations superintendent, said that long period is normal, and doesn’t mean residents should expect nonstop flames and smoke – park officials typically conduct fewer than 10 burns, lasting six to eight hours each, per year.

Courtesy of Clifford Ross

In South Florida, hurricanes are a force of destruction, a driver of change and a fact of life.

All those qualities also make hurricanes a good catalyst for art. The power of hurricanes on the surf inspired the work of artist Clifford Ross, whose exhibit “Waves” will open at the Boca Raton Museum of Art on November 5th.

Brian Bohlman / Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

Toxic blooms of red tide are the scourge of Southwest Florida’s sea turtles, who often find themselves stranded onshore or killed after ingesting too many of their deadly brevitoxins.

But researchers and wildlife veterinarians around the state are finding that what treats toxicity in humans – namely, a treatment used for drug overdoses – also works on the four-legged flippers.

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A public meeting Monday night in Jupiter about the Brightline/Virgin Trains’s northward expansion turned tense as residents voiced concerns about noise, construction closures and unforeseen costs.

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Updated at 8:00 p.m. of Oct. 13, 2019.

Boca Raton Police said the person injured in an incident at the Town Center Mall around 3 p.m. Sunday appears to have been injured while fleeing. Police said the man hit his head, apparently on the push bar of a door. They found blood and hair on the door where he appeared to have been hurt. 

He was transported to Delray Medical Center, and his injuries are not life-threatening.

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The Palm Beach County Library System will stop charging overdue fines October 1st.

Now, instead of being dimed each day you fail to return your latest page-turner (no, really – the fee per item per day is $0.10), fees will be assessed only when the book is out seven days past its due date – when  the library marks it lost and charges you to replace it.

If the book is returned after the one-week mark, the library will waive that replacement charge. If it really is lost or damaged, though, the patron is responsible for paying the replacement cost.

Matias J. Ocner

Colombian president Iván Duque will speak Saturday morning at Florida International University’s Wertheim Theater.

The speech comes on the heels of Duque’s escalating condemnation of the Venezuelan regime.

At the U.N. General Assembly this week, the U.S. and Latin American countries denounced Venezuela for aiding criminal groups in Colombia.