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December 30, 2008 3:23 PM

Boise woman reflects on broader meaning of the presidential election

Though her father lived to 104 - almost long enough to witness Barack Obama's rise - Yvonne McCoy saw him cry only once. Henry McCoy’s tears fell on an autumn day in 1960, when he told his youngest child he could not vote for John F. Kennedy because he was a black man and lived in Petersburg, Va.

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