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Midnight Writer

Written by Marlene Dryden The Allman Brothers Band spent so much time around these parts in the late ’60s and early ’70s, it’s common to hear locals claim to having known them — or at least having seen them play. Some may even swear they smoked with Duane, or shot with Gregg — whatever. It certainly seems plausible. Gregg Allman’s new best-selling memoir, “My Cross to Bear,” details his drug use, sexual exploits and metamorphosis from awkward teen into one of the best blues-rockers of all time — and it gives credence to any Northeast Florida wannabe trying to boost …

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Get Up, Stand Up

Written by Susan Cooper Eastman Lydale Richardson learned about the Civil Rights Movement from his grandparents. When protesters in Georgia and Mississippi had to go into hiding because the Klan was trying to kill them, some came to Leonard and Eliza Atwater’s Northwest Jacksonville home. The Atwaters also gave money to the NAACP to bond demonstrators out of jail. And they became prominent figures on the local Civil Rights scene. Asked if he remembered the Atwaters, Jacksonville Civil Rights pioneer Alton Yates says, “I will never forget them as long as I live.” So there was plenty that Richardson, 29, …

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