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Milwaukee mayor has permanent damage to his hand

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says doctors have told him he'll have permanent damage to his right hand from an attack last month.

Barrett tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he can eat an apple again after dental work that replaced two teeth and capped another. But he says doctors don't think he'll be able to make a fist with his hand. Barrett has 10 pins in his fractured index and middle fingers.

A 20-year-old man beat Barrett with a tire iron after the mayor intervened in a domestic dispute. It happened Aug. 15 after the mayor left the Wisconsin State Fair with family.

The man, Anthony J. Peters of Milwaukee, has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect in the incident.

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