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SINGER’S CREDITORS SAY PETS SHOULDN’T COME FIRST

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A bankrupt man shouldn't be spending thousands of dollars to keep his pet penguins happy. Or so Wayne Newton's creditors say.

"In spite of his bankruptcy status, Newton has, among other things, spent almost $75,000 repairing the pond at his home for his pet penguins, over $76,000 on jewelry," said Jennifer Smith, a lawyer for one of Newton's creditors.Smith said Wednesday talks would continue with Newton's lawyers until a June 29 hearing on the bankruptcy in Reno, Nev.

Newton filed for bankruptcy protection in August 1992, listing estimated debts at $20 million.

Since then, the creditors' lawyers allege Newton has refused to make payments on his debts, despite $12.3 million in gross earnings.

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