Dan Brown, The London Free Press

I do a bit of everything for The Free Press. I edit copy, write columns, report, and blog on lfpress.com. I've been with the paper — which I delivered as a kid growing up in Poplar Hill — since 2005. My main passions are pop culture and local personalities, and I also do a weekly column about graphic novels. Like what you read? Got a beef? Send me an e-mail at danbrown@postmedia.com or tweet me at @DanatLFPress. I look forward to hearing from you!

Stories

Opioid abuse problem peaks in London area

Ontario’s opioid drug epidemic has reached staggering levels, the problem worse in parts of Southwestern Ontario than anywhere else, some experts say.

Fields of green winter wheat lay exposed around the London region, but farmer Jay Robson says no harm is being done at the moment. Robson says the wheat crop is dormant, and while farmers would prefer snow cover to protect it from extreme cold, no actual crop damage is occurring. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)

Farmers cool with warm spell

Ontario’s farmers aren’t worried that the extended balmy streak we’ve had in the last week — which is expected to continue into next week — is going to hurt this year’s crops.

Mike Talbot (Supplied photo)

Ont. man, 28, dies while vacationing in Thailand

A young London-area man has died from unknown causes while on vacation in Thailand. Mike Talbot, 28, was pronounced dead Tuesday morning in a hospital in Patong.