I've been using Hybrid News for some time now, but in it's near default form. Really liking Hybrid News, but wanting something a little more unique, I decided to build a custom child theme of Hybrid (using Hybrid News as my base).
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the result. One of my readers commented "awesome site. Easy to read - not too many eyecandy distractions, etc." Nonetheless, have a look and let me know what you think!