Morning Headlines: Subbing for Tulo, the Closing of the Victorian Playhouse, Jay Leno at Ellie Caulkins, and More

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March 22 2011, 9:27 AM

Targeting Johns: Detective Brent Struck paints a grim picture of the prostitution trade in Denver, saying girls as young as 12 are forced to see five to 20 clients a day. A new bill by state Senate President Brandon Shaffer aims to reverse the trend by creating fines up to $10,000 for anyone caught soliciting, patronizing, or arranging meetings with prostitutes (Denver Post).

Sans Tulo: Excitement for the Colorado Rockies is high this year, thanks largely to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Who would fill in, though, if Tulo went down? MLB.com takes us through several scenarios.

Chin Up: Tonight Show host Jay Leno will be in Denver later this year, headlining the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in a benefit for the Zarlengo Foundation, which helps families raising kids with disabilities. Tickets go on sale Friday (Denver Business Journal).

Curtain Call: "Something's got to give, and it can't be me anymore," says Victorian Playhouse owner Wade Wood, who'll be shutting down the 76-seat community theater, the oldest one west of the Mississippi River (Denver Post).

Cycling Denial: Organizers of the Quiznos Pro Challenge called in some of the state's biggest politicos to bring the race through the Colorado National Monument in 2012. It didn't work (Denver Post).

Tax Lesson: Less than a month after Democratic state Senator Rollie Heath proposed asking voters to support raising more than $1 billion in taxes to help the state avert its budget woes, the proposal is dead (Denver Daily News).