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9:58am

Thu June 5, 2014
Business

Haitian connection integral to upstate couple's business model

Stephane Jean-Baptiste and Yve-Car Momperousse at home in Ithaca, New York
Credit Jim Day/WXXI

Many new startup companies end up running their new business out of their homes, and that's the case for Stephane Jean-Baptiste and Yve-Car Momperousse who live and work in Ithaca, New York.

Their sustaining business model relies heavily on their relationship with the land and people of Haiti.

As you’ll see, they’re aiming to be both successful and socially-responsible entrepreneurs, and help in the re-building of the island nation devastated by the 2010 earthquake.

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11:00am

Mon July 9, 2012
Tech

Climbing robots take on dangers of high-elevation work

International Climbing Machines president Sam Maggio demonstrates his company's climber.
Matt Richmond WSKG

International Climbing Machines (ICM) has its headquarters in a shabby warehouse on the outskirts of Ithaca.

The workshop is hardly bigger than a three-car garage. Metal shelves filled with spare parts line the walls, and in one corner there’s enough space for company president Sam Maggio to show off his device.

It’s called a climber.

“We simply put a vacuum motor, a standard industrial vacuum motor, on the body of the climber and that establishes a vacuum in the chamber that’s in the center of the climber,” says Maggio.

That vacuum keeps the 25-pound robot stuck to the wall while it climbs, just like Spiderman. But the robot doesn’t look like Spiderman. It looks like a sump pump with a two-foot long metal body and rubber tracks on either side.

Workers operate it with a Playstation controller.

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10:32pm

Thu April 19, 2012
Election 2012

Ron Paul visit to Cornell draws thousands

Congressman Ron Paul's speech at Cornell drew thousands of enthusiastic supporters.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Ron Paul’s presidential campaign came to Cornell University Thursday ahead of next week’s all-but-decided New York Republican primary.

Congressman Paul’s speech felt less like a Republican presidential stump speech than half-lecture and half-rally cry.

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2:31pm

Fri December 30, 2011
Energy

Cornell power plant enjoying benefits of being off coal

Plant manager Tim Peer stands near Cornell University's new gas-powered turbine.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Since early 2011, Cornell University has been getting almost all of its heat and power from natural gas.

No longer do they have to truck in 65,000 tons of coal from Kentucky and West Virginia. No longer do they buy most of their power from the grid.

The $82 million transition to natural gas has shuttered the soot-covered corner of the plant where coal used to be turned into heat.

A new, natural gas-powered section, with its computerized emissions monitoring, shiny pipes and modern control room, feels like a break from the past as soon as you walk in.

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12:41pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Energy

Tompkins governments hold unofficial fracking hearing

Participants in Thursday night's hearing lined up outside Ithaca's State Theatre.
Matt Richmond WSKG

The final public hearing on hydrofracking in New York was held Wednesday in New York City, but an unofficial hearing in Ithaca on Thursday still drew a large crowd.

It started with a small rally outside the State Theater. Commenters lined up around the block, waiting to say their piece. Members of the local Occupy movement gathered in Ithaca's "Commons."

Not a single pro-fracking sign could be found.

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