Ok, I have my new theme working the way I want, almost. The problem I am having is that h3 and links are showing some of the same behavior, and I haven't had any luck altering my style.css to get the desired result.
My h3 is #FFFFFF, on hover #FFFFFF with underline, and visited #FFFFFF.
My links are #339966, on hover #000000 with underline, and visited it is #FFFFFF. This is a problem because visited links disappear into the white background.
I tried manipulating the style.css, but I couldn't get this right without screwing up my <h3>. I'm no css whiz, and I appreciate your help with this.