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Names in the News - May 15, 2007

Staff Report • May 15, 2007 at 12:09 PM

NASHVILLE - Josh Turner didn't think his spiritual song "Me and God," which is nominated for an Academy of Country Music award, would ever be recorded.

"I never thought it had any commercial value," the 29-year-old Turner said recently. "It was a song I wrote for myself, almost like a journal entry."

"Me and God," recorded as a duet with bluegrass great Ralph Stanley, is among the nominees for vocal event of the year at the 42nd annual ACM awards, to air tonight on CBS (8 p.m. EDT).

Turner wrote the song about five years ago. He played it for Stanley backstage at the Grand Ole Opry one night and asked him to sing on it. He said the veteran gave the song an added dimension.

"It's a song about my relationship with God, but then you have this guy over here who just turned 80 and has such a history in the world of bluegrass and country and roots music and who also has a relationship with God," Turner said.

Stanley sings: "I am weak, and he is strong. Me and God. He forgives me when I'm wrong. Me and God. He's the one I lean on when life gets hard. Me and God."

Stanley, who began performing in the 1940s with his brother, Carter, in the Stanley Brothers, was recovering from heart surgery when he recorded it.

"The verse he sang was perfect for the time period. It was really reflective of what was going on in his life at the time," Turner said.

Turner's nominations also include single record of the year for "Would You Go With Me."

Reba McEntire will again host the awards show, which is held in Las Vegas.

LOS ANGELES - Leonardo DiCaprio's neighbor is charging him with an offensive foul, claiming the actor excavated the neighboring property without permission and damaged plants and hedges to build a basketball court at his home.

Legal papers filed last week in Superior Court by Ronald and Joan Linclau said the construction weakened a hillside and left their deck and pool in danger of collapse.

The lawsuit seeks at least $250,000 in damages. DiCaprio "failed to exercise ordinary care ... in making the excavations and failed to take reasonable precautions to sustain the adjoining land ... in its natural state," the suit claimed.

A DiCaprio spokesman, Ken Sunshine, said the lawsuit "is totally without merit."

The lawsuit claimed DiCaprio ignored warnings that he was trespassing on the property, located in the hills above Sunset Boulevard.

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