Again, I understand your disappointment, and I would like to reiterate that we are digging deep to find a fix for this issue.
For the Alfred News problem you mentioned, sorry but the previous version has a bug. If you update to the latest version (1342. It is on staged rollout at this point, so you might not be able to download it just yet), you'll see that once you have chosen to collapse the cell, it won't appear again.
I really hope this helps. We do our best to listen to user feedback and improve how Alfred works, but some things take time.