Hope you can release the news module soon.
I will try this alpha and feedback later.
good, I tried it, looking forward to integrate it when it's done.
I have fixed security on the Downloads module. You will now be able to view it as an anonomous user. and if you haven't already figured it out you can use admin/admin to log in as admin as see the admin functions of the downloads module. I will update the alpha download for the Alpha Downloads module to 0.2(alpha) with some fixes in it. Including some security fixes (the security is not completely done yet).