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For Thursday, May 19, 2011

LAST UPDATED: 6:26 p.m. HST, Aug 5, 2011

Take me out to the UH ball game

The University of Hawaii's baseball season isn't officially over — the Rainbows conclude their regular season starting today with a four-game series at New Mexico State — but season home games ended Sunday, racking up home-attendance figures not seen since 1995.

The team's 9-8, ninth-inning comeback victory over San Jose State on Sunday featured almost 3,600 people in the stands, bringing the season average to 2,230 fans through the turnstiles and 3,409 tickets issued.

"The energy in our stadium this year was tangible, and that made it a really fun season from that standpoint," said Coach Mike Trapasso.

It helped that the team has been playing well. Its record so far is 30-21. Another factor was the lowering of some ticket prices. Everybody likes a good deal, and few deals are better than watching UH baseball at Les Murakami Stadium.

Homelessness plan finds a home

The rollout of the governor's 90-day plan to confront homelessness has met with a hopeful response, particularly from the social service agencies that deal with this issue daily. The outcome should become clearer in coming months, but at the very least, it's good to see focus on a problem that's had sporadic attention.

Cynics might say it's mainly the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in November that's placed the hammer over our heads. But if that drives a good result, hey, we'll take it.

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