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This Haunts Me: JD and the Straight Shot vs. the NY Knicks

Owner James L. Dolan's cringey vanity project may be one of the biggest obstacles to the Nicks's success.

Once upon a time the New York Knicks were considered a real basketball team.

Led by Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing from the late '80s to the year 2000, the team was a genuine rival for the likes of the '90s Chicago Bulls, making 13 consecutive playoff appearances and making it to the NBA Finals in 1994 and 1999.

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Interview: Jewel Reflects on Her Expansive Legacy and Today's Mental Health Crisis

The singer re-released her iconic debut Pieces of You last Friday in honor of it's 25th birthday

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When Jewel Kilcher released Pieces of You 25 years ago, her priorities remained as resolute as they are now.

An Alaskan-born teen living on the streets of San Diego, she developed a local following thanks to a slew of captivating live performances around the city. Record labels soon approached with lucrative deals, one of which offered her a million-dollar signing bonus, but she turned them all down.

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Jewel Releases Iconic Live Performance of "Angel Standing By"

The performance will appear on the "Pieces of You" reissue due out this Friday

In preparation for her highly anticipated 25th anniversary reissue of her 12x platinum debut album, Jewel released a charismatic and previously unreleased live rendition of her hit single "Angel Standing By."

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Jewel and husband Ty Murray are breaking up after sixteen years together and six years of marriage.

The singer broke the news via a blog post on Wednesday, saying she and Ty have thought long and hard about how best to handle it.

"My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce. Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together," she said. "For some time we have been engaged in private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than with malice."

Jewel and Ty got married in 2008 with a small, intimate ceremony in the Bahamas. They have one child - son Kase Townes, who will be three next week.

"Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son," Jewel continues. "Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents – we wish only what is best for our son."

To read Jewel's full statement, click here.

Today, we celebrate the 39th birthday of "You Were Meant For Me" folk crooner Jewel. Of course we all know her as the beautiful singer/songwriter/actress/poet who once had a very memorable guest stint on 7th Heaven. There are, however, two key aspects of Jewel that have become synonymous with her character. One is her teeth...

 

 

...and the other is the fact that she once lived in a car. That's right! Prior to becoming folk music royalty, 18-year-old homeless Jewel Kilcher lived out of her car in San Diego. We're glad she had enough "Intuition" to know it was well worth any mobile malcontent.

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Jewel is not the only celebrity to have once called their car home. In honor of her birthday, here are the most famous examples of celebrities who were forced to slum it curbside.

1. Jim Carrey

When the Ace Ventura actor was just a teenager, his entire family took janitorial jobs and lived out of a Volkswagen camper

 

2. Hilary Swank

Swank and her mother lived out of a car for about eight weeks when they first moved to Los Angeles for Swank's acting career. Two Oscars later, Swank is living much...swankier.

 

3. Drew Carey

The funnyman lived out of his car for 18 months while trying to earn a spot on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. Not only did he get the chance to perform his stand-up set, but he was invited to Carson's couch after.

 

4. Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim and her mother left her abusive father when she was 8-years-old. "There was a time when my mother and I were living out of the trunk of her car."

 

5. Tyler Perry

When he was an unknown playwright in Atlanta, Perry was forced to live out of his car after one of his projects flopped.

 

6. Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil's experience living out of a car with his father as a teenager has certainly aided his ability to counsel those in need.

 

7. Debbie Reynolds

The Singing in the Rain star was forced to shut down her Las Vegas movie museum and live out of her Cadillac in the '90s due to financial problems.

 

8. William Shatner

1969 was not a good year for Shatner: Star Trek went off the air and he and wife Gloria Rand divorced. Before finally finding other work, he lived in a camper.

 

9. Suze Orman

Before becoming a financial guru, Orman cut trees and lived out of her car in Berkley, CA.

 

10. Colonel Sanders

KFC-EO Colonel Harland David Sanders slept in the backseat of his car with his wife while trying to convince restaurants to use his special fried chicken recipe.

 

11. Kelly Clarkson

After pre-Idol Clarkson's Los Angeles apartment burned down, she slept in her car and showered at the gym.

 

12. Jim Morrison

The Doors frontmas lived on rooftops, couches, and cars in Venice Beach, CA before lighting people's fires (musically).

 

13. Sally Jesse Raphael

According to her autobiography, the talk show host lived in her car for a time. We wonder if she still wore those iconic red glasses...

 

14. David Letterman

Yet another talk show host who was car-bound for a time! Before making it big, Letterman lived out of a red 1973 Chevy pickup truck.

 

15. Danny Bonaduce

The comedian/child star/TV and radio personality was still signing autographs while living in a car by a dumpster in the '80s.

 

16. Sam Worthington

"I was living in a car before I signed up for Avatar," claims the Australian actor.

 

We hope these tales of vehicular vitality inspire you to persevere, regardless of the shape of your teeth or the size of your hands...

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We thought it was a big deal yesterday when Kelly Clarkson was announced as a new personality on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, but it turns out Kells was actually small potatoes. She's on there, sure, but sure are seven other new super-famous people, as NBC has now added two celebrity assistants for each of their four lead mentors on the show. Kelly joins Miranda Lambert in helping out Lambert's hubby Blake Shelton (third wheel, anyone?) while Cee Lo gets a boost from Ne-Yo and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Adam Levine is lent a hand by Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke (dream team!) and Christina Aguilera gets to yodel-off with Jewel and Lionel Richie.

We're not sure what the exact number of records sold between the 12 stars now involved with The Voice is, but conservative estimates puts the number somewhere in the 3 to 5 kajizillion range. Let it never be said that NBC wasn't doing its absolute damnedest to protect its investment with its only real hit of the last 12 months—if the show falters in its second season, it certainly won't be for lack of networking. Plus, they're only about three pop stars away from being able to do a full-on "We Are the World" redo—that 30th anniversary is only a couple years away, you know.

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