The "Latest Forum Topics" and "Latest Web Articles" seem to be "out of sync" in terms of space usage on the main page...eg. 5 topics vs. 20 articles, a few hrs. of time lag before being cycled off the page vs. 4 days of articles, approx. an inch of space to forums vs. about 6 in. to articles.
Retaining at least the day's newly started topics would be helpful in terms of viewing/replying and possibly attract more users to that area of the site. Adding the time/user to the last addition of a topic might also be helpful.