Beaten Mayor Heads Back to Work

Mayor Tom Barrett was beaten Aug. 15

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    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett lost teeth and had his hand broken during an attack earlier this month.

    Milwaukee's mayor is back at work while continuing to recover from a beating after he confronted a metal-bar wielding man near the state fair.

    Mayor Tom Barrett's chief of staff said the mayor attended a meeting with city department heads Monday. He's planning to work shortened days all week.

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    The 55-year-old mayor suffered gashes to his head and face, smashed teeth and a fractured hand after responding to a grandmother's cry for help Aug. 15 near State Fair Park.

    Speaking from his home last week, Barrett said the situation got "very, very ugly, very, very quickly."

    Prosecutors said 20-year-old Anthony J. Peters was arguing with the grandmother because he wanted to see his 1-year-old daughter. They said he beat Barrett with a metal bar when the mayor tried to intervene.

    Peters is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors in the attack.