Created a cool news and event widget on the homepage of atlantic.edu that displays both the current news stories as well as a listing of the events listed on their calendar for a given day. It’s housed in a tabbed interface that let’s both exist without taking up very little browser real estate.
The news and event are being pulled from their respective web apps MySQL databases via a simple PHP script. The front end widget is based on the YUI TabView component. I’ve used this component much in the past, it’s really slick. The whole desgn if based on progressive enhancement so it’ll still deliver the info to older browsers too.