The new page is quite attractive.
The news applet is cute, catchy, and utterly impractical. By all means
keep it, but put a button labled "Headlines" right next to it, for those of
us who get seasick trying to read a moving target. (This would be a link
to a page with a list of (stationary) headlines, each of which would itself
be a link to the corresponding story.) Also, note the misspelling of
Riachrd Rielhe's name.