ok... i have hunted and picked apart the database all evening and i am coming up empty here. the only place i can find what appears to be what this information is being pulled from is in the table pp_cache. all of the information in the table though is correct... there are no problems as far as i can tell.
i made a half hearted attempt to see if i could isolate the problem, and exported the entire database, and dropped it into a dummy install of 5.1x (believe it was 5.13... not positive)... and it worked fine. so the only conclusion i can come up with is something in the coding. ive since redownloaded a fresh copy from this site... then reuploaded all files three times just to make sure.. i keep coming up with the same issue.
i cant be the only one experiencing this problem if thats the case... i dont have any hacks installed... its all a clean basic install with vb3 integration. ive tried turning off integration... and that had no effect.
i really dont want to lose my sidebar... it was the number one reason i bought this program as opposed to some of the open source solutions... so anything at all that you can suggest, please do.