> What I can't figure is the validator tells me that a tag is improperly placed but I never put a tag there ie:
No need for notepad. Use the validator, check the box that says "Show source", hit "revalidate" and right, right, right down at the bottom of the page you'll see all the code for the page on numbered lines.
WordPress does add tags. If you're using either the visual editor or the text editor it'll add
<p> tags. But it's not the
<p> tags that are the problem. The validator can't necessarily tell what the root problem is and so it'll tell you everything that's wrong.
In fact what's going on with that first error is that the paragraph starting "In Feb. 2004 I tried the Atkins diet" and the list of links that follow are wrapped in
<h4></h4> tags. If you look at the code it's pretty obvious (at least to the half-trained eye). In fact that error seems to crop up again and again, so I presume it's in your template and not a problem with your posts. (In case you don't know you can't have a paragraph inside a heading.)
There are h5's doing the same kind of thing.
Ah, so you found out my true identity! Enjoy the site! (I should really be looking for the code error that's making it display wrongly in IE, but I'm scared even to start looking). I did, however, finally upgrade it to 2.2.2 this afternoon.
Oh, and the boxes are gray to me, so I was confused. They are funny, but that also might be a validation thing.