Second issue: Maybe I should post this under a different heading. However, it may be related, so I won't for now.
I had put a space at the top of the middle column to push the Google AdSense block down just a bit so that its top would line up with the headline type on the left and the heading in the extreme right column.
When I did that, I had 1 mini question mark at the top of the Google AdSense block and one at the bottom of it.
I removed that paragraph space code from the top and now both little question marks are at the top of the column AND the Google adblock is riding too high.
So, second question, how can I insert a spacer to push the Google AdSense adblock down a bit so it lines up with the heads on either side of it?