could be possible to feed the "News" bit (i.e. release notes in this case) from a dedicated RSS on fts3-service.web.cern.ch?
As in release notes, blog entries, conference sessions... anything we mark with the right tag/flag
I would also put it inside a nice box, perhaps, so it stands out from the background.
The idea is of showing that sort of thing there is great, though. I like it a lot.