got a bunch of suggestions
1) Could it be possible to remove the description under the article names so they'd take less space? Or maybe make it a user controlled setting if he wants a detailed desc or not.
2) Also could it be possible to remove entirely the "Today's Featured Articles" section on the front page? Or again, make it a user controlled setting...
3) for example, you could have a "close" button in the corner of each "window" on the front page that would let people remove some sections they don't want to see. The problem will probably lie in making the other window fill the new empty space in a correct way.