Let's just wrap the news into an iframe then. If actually fetching the news takes so long or makes things needlessly complicated, then let's not fetch it and display it in a straightforward manner instead; after all it's an added bonus for those who are to lazy to visit the coppermine home page frequently. On setups where both the webserver as well as the visitor's browser can't access the internet (i.e. on genuine intranets without external access), the impact of running outdated copies of coppermine usually is less serious. I'm not saying that they should not upgrade, but I say: let's forget about them as far as displaying the news from the coppermine home page is concerned. If they have no internet access in the first place, the fallback methods will probably be restricted as well.