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Datebook: January 4 – Tallest Building in the World Opens 2 Years Ago

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The Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is currently the tallest manmade structure in the world, at a soaring 829.84 m (2,723 ft). Construction began in September 2004 and the building officially opened on 4 January 2010. It is part of the “Downtown Dubai” development project. The total cost for the building was about US$1.5 billion. The entire downtown is estimated to be US$20 billion. Office space in the Burj is US$4,000 per square foot; an apartment there will cost you US$3,500 per square foot. There’s plenty of availability, too, since Dubai’s property market went the way of the rest of the world, much of the building remains vacant.

It’s Wednesday, January 4

Land Between the Lakes is now accepting applications for the 2012 seasonal camping program. Applications for sites in Hillman Ferry and Piney Campgrounds must be turned in by Friday, and the application deadline for all other sites is January 13th. Find the form at Click on “See & Do,” then click on Camping.

Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton will be closed until February 27th, when it will reopen with the “Spring-Easter 1907” setting celebrating Katharine Garrett’s sixth birthday. Adsmore will also be closed on Sundays during 2012.

An exhibit of Kids Art opens at the Janice Mason Art Museum on Friday with a reception from 4 to 6. The juried exhibit, which features the work of local primary and elementary school students, runs through February 12th. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4 and on Sundays from 1 to 4.

Tomorrow at noon hear the first episode of The Hidden World of Girls with Tina Fey. Find more programming information, as well as more community events, online at

the morning cram [We’ll always have Iowa edition]

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Mitt narrowly squeaks out a win in Iowa, now on to his neck of the woods.

NPR reports Romney and Santorum split the lion’s share of Iowa votes, so now Iowa residents can throw off their sense of political superiority and face the fact that they have to live in Iowa.

Kentucky~   Kentucky State parks will stay open through winter.Stumbo wants coal money to head to the University of Pikeville. The State of the Commonwealth is tonight.

Tennessee~  State GOP leaders look at redistricting. The Voter ID law faces its first legal challenge.