Noticed theres a few comments on the news stories. I think it would be a good idea to link it to the forum instead.
Perhaps each news story can generate it's own thread, so from the main story page theres a link to that thread. Thus people get sent to the forum, which will lead to much greater discussion on it, and it can work the other way around.
People see these auto generated threads, get hooked by the title, and follow the link in the thread to the news home page (which not many people seem to read - I suspect they come striaght to the forum).
It's on a few forums I know of, so there must be something ready to impliment.