Before you see this, I want to disclaim that I'm not in charge of design here in any capacity and also have no power nor ability to change it myself.
Having said that, I downloaded the HTML and CSS files of the front page and am taking a crack at making it look better. I love web design, and I've always been good at it. In my first class therein, we were to use Dreamweaver. An hour on that crap and I said screw it and aced the course by hand coding the HTML and CSS in TextEdit. Anyway, this is a work in progress, and again, I've no power to implement it, but this is AppleInsider with NO changes made to the HTML file whatsoever (I had to reroute the CSS pointer and chose to change two images), just to prove the power of CSS in making even the most convoluted HTML look good, and to show how easily said changes could be implemented.
Click for larger, and perhaps open two tabs at once and click between this and the site proper. The changes are subtle, but I think they work. The ads and top carousel won't load properly when you're running off a local HTML file, so excuse their absence in the screenshot.