I finally made the switch from Options / Shadow theme to Hybrid and my Hybrid-News version of the Shadow child theme. I spent all night doing the main part of the customization only to then realize I didn't use the newest version of Hybrid-News, so it is a mix of versions 0.1 and 0.2.
I'm still not sure about my color of blue used on links and I should probably change the slider control colors... what do you think?
A big thanks again to Stormrider for the breadcrumb coding in another thread.
Please let me know if you spot any problems.