Dan Haar is a columnist. He joined The Courant as a photographer after graduating from Wesleyan University. After nearly ending Larry Bird’s career with an errant monopod, he covered Suffield and East Hartford. On the business desk, Dan reported on the economy and jobs, manufacturing, biotech and telecom before a stint at the state Capitol. Since 2001 he has toggled between roles as a columnist and the business editor. He has won awards and rewards for all this, including the opportunity to walk across Connecticut in the summer of 2014, writing and photographing. He lives in West Hartford with a daughter in college.

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Jeff Jacobs: BC Win Caps Emotional Night For Wethersfield's Tyler Murphy

Jeff Jacobs: BC Win Caps Emotional Night For Wethersfield's Tyler Murphy

September 17, 2014

It was, Tyler Murphy said, a day to remember. "And it was," Murphy said, "a night I will never forget. It's hard to put into exact words how special it was. I've never experienced anything like it."

  • Hartford's Ballpark 'Partnership' Would Cost Taxpayers More Than City Bonding

    September 12, 2014

    From the first moment when Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra pitched a plan for a Rock Cats ballpark, city-issued bonds were the mayor's preferred way of raising the money. Segarra thought that made the most sense and he was right.

  • Annie's Takeover Tests Principles Set Forth By Its Connecticut 'Inspiration'

    September 10, 2014

    As Wall Street mulls an $820 million takeover of Annie's Inc. by General Mills, the soul of the natural food company remains on a farm in Hampton, Conn., and that raises a question.

  • TEST - The Soul Of A Food Company In Transition

    September 9, 2014

    As Wall Street mulls an $820 million takeover of Annie's Inc. by General Mills, the soul of the natural food company remains on a farm in Hampton, Conn., and that raises a question.

  • Covidien's 3,100 Employees Could Fare Well In Mega-Merger

    September 5, 2014

    What will happen with Covidien and its 3,100 Connecticut employees if a proposed, $43 billion takeover by Medtronic Inc. goes forward?

  • Billions In Wheat Exports From Stamford? It's True!

    September 3, 2014

    If you saw the press release from the U.S. Department of Commerce on exports Wednesday, you would think the Bridgeport-Stamford metro area had a great year in 2013 — $11.1 billion in shipments to foreign countries.

  • Sentiment In Hartford Stadium Neighborhood: Play Ball!

    July 25, 2014

    Hartford would appear to be divided by the Rock Cats stadium plan if you follow the political winds at city hall.

  • On Canton's Antique Row, Ghosts And Other Concerns

    July 22, 2014

    In Canton, near the town green, the contrast between The Junk Shop and The Blue House a few doors away is striking.

  • Closing Notes Of Ovation Plant: Memories And Music

    July 21, 2014

    NEW HARTFORD — The last guitar was long gone by late-morning Friday at the Ovation Instruments plant. Just about everyone had said farewell a few weeks earlier, when production stopped.

  • Is The Bush Family Coming To Litchfield County?

    July 17, 2014

    There are many fans of George W. and Laura Bush in North Canaan, a place that's more rural, remote and Republican than most of Connecticut.

  • Why Malloy Must Pay For Part Of Rock Cats Plan

    June 26, 2014

    For those of us who follow economic development in Connecticut, it seems odd to see the Rock Cats saga unfolding without Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

  • Personal Income Gain In State Outpaces Nation

    June 24, 2014

    Connecticut residents, though not necessarily the bulk of us, saw accelerating income growth in the first three months of 2014, outgaining the nation as a whole for only the second quarter since the start of 2013.

  • In A Yale Experiment, A Hairless Man Grows Hair

    June 24, 2014

    Kyle Rhodes visited Dr. Brett A. King at the Yale School of Medicine late last summer, seeking help for a severe case of psoriasis.

  • Haar: Last-Minute Ploy Quietly Exempted UConn Police From State Rules

    May 8, 2014

    A measure buried deep in a last-minute, 326-page bill at the state Capitol Wednesday night exempted the UConn police force from state hiring rules, allowing the university to create its own job classifications that could lead to more pay for officers.

  • Democrats Using Gun Control As Weapon; Did McKinney Waver?

    April 17, 2014

    It's clear that Connecticut's post-Newtown gun control law will play a loud role in the legislative campaigns as Second Amendment advocates attack supporters, predictably. But Democrats are also using the issue as a weapon against anyone who hints at opposition.

  • A Better Mood At State Capitol, But Is It Real?

    February 6, 2014

    The mood was decidedly better Thursday than in recent years at the state Capitol, with sunlight splashing down on a row of former House speakers and the governor promising money for teachers, doctors, college students and poor children, even a little for regular taxpayers.

  • Haar: In Oval Office, Leonardi Tries To Defuse Obamacare Issue

    November 21, 2013

    Two big issues dogging the rollout of Obamacare have come into focus this week as the Connecticut insurance commissioner met with President Obama on the sticky question of insurers dropping health plans, and the state's exchange gave a breakdown that shows not enough young adults signing up.

  • A Law And A Cause Hit The Airwaves As Obamacare Marketing Begins

    June 17, 2013

    Nearly 10 percent of the state's residents have no health insurance, and Kevin Counihan and Jason Madrak have a good picture of who they are and even where they live.

  • The 21-Page Health Exchange Application Form: Not A Burden

    March 26, 2013

    Back when I was in high school, I was sprung free for three months to work full-time at the county court house, where the boss gave me a thigh-high stack of forms people had to fill out. Cut this down to a few pages, he said. It's too much red tape.

  • Region's Firearm Factories Invested Heavily To Build AR-15

    March 11, 2013

    It doesn't take long to see the effects of massive investment at the Connecticut factories that make the AR-15 military-style rifle.

  • America's Rifle: Rise Of The AR-15

    March 9, 2013

    When his son turned 14 a year ago, Jonathan Hardy bought the teen a gift that was both a coming-of-age badge and a hot item: an AR-15 rifle.

  • Malloy's Gun-Ban Logic Flawed

    February 21, 2013

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is pushing a plan to ban military-style rifles outright. Connecticut's firearms industry executives will say it jeopardizes thousands of jobs and does nothing to improve safety.

  • Gun Makers Walk Fine Line At Hartford Hearing

    January 28, 2013

    They have been largely silent these past six weeks as the debate over gun control has grown nastier. But they are the elephant in the firearms room, and Monday they came together publicly for the first time anywhere since the Newtown tragedy.

  • Funeral Home Director In Newtown Looks Back On A Week of Crisis and Support

    December 22, 2012

    After Dan Honan finally finished the unspeakable task of laying to rest 11 first-graders in five days, he sat and tried to put it in perspective at the same hardwood table where those children's families had made plans no one should ever make.

  • The Healing Power Of Pie

    December 21, 2012

    Among the countless contrasting scenes of hope amid despair in Newtown this week, Thursday in the middle of town was as stark as it gets: Hundreds of mourners lined up at the Honan Funeral Home, a doleful black line in the waning light of the seventh day.  A few doors down across the street, Beth Howard handed out slices of apple pie to anyone, an energetic spirit in a red wool coat, spreading healing cheer one paper plate at a time.

  • At Florists And Nurseries, Hearts and Workloads Are Heavy

    December 20, 2012

    NEWTOWN — Flowers and wreaths. They are the living, fragrant markers that hold together a community in mourning, in public and sacred spaces, at funerals, in houses all over Newtown and beyond. Wherever there is grieving, there are carefully arranged flowers and wreaths.

  • As Weapons Ban Movement Grows, Some Perspective Is In Order

    December 18, 2012

    If the reactions of the past three days hold up, we're likely to see some kind of ban on assault weapons or on the ammo magazines of the sort used by the Newtown shooter.

  • UConn/Courant Poll: The Rising Virtue Of Careful Grocery Shopping

    September 28, 2012

    Rick Sharr was visiting the home of a friend — a well-off friend — when he noticed lots of bulk items such as paper goods bought from super-discount stores.

  • A Bakery's Journey From Darkness To Light

    November 5, 2011

    It was lunchtime at Nardi Breads Inc., but no one was thinking about eating in the dark, cold cavernous commercial bakery — not on the seventh day without power, the seventh day of wondering how the 103-year old business would survive.

  • Sham Death Penalty Is A Costly Luxury For State

    November 29, 2010

    Three years after his heinous crime, Steven Hayes received the death penalty sentence.

  • Pratt Union Faces Tougher Fight

    September 23, 2009

    Ten years ago exactly, Philip Root was fixing jet engines in East Hartford, with 25 years on the job, when word came down that his unit was shutting down.

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