I know the aim of the site news on the bottom of the front page is so people can read it, but could we possibly specify a cut-off point for the text with a link to dynamically expand the area to show a full message?

The reason I say this is, with longer news posts being placed there it stretches that section of the page and doesn't keep it looking uniform. An example is you set a limit to 4 critique and 4 stream messages, yet the current site news is double that. All that wasted space where you could have another 4 critique/stream messages.

As always this is just a suggestion and I just wanted to put it forth.