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Two column DIV...Dynamic Content

I know how to create columns using divs.  What I'm needing to find out is how to create columns with dynamic content.

Example, a Wordpress widget that shows posts from a category with thumbnails, title of the article and date but broken into two columns so that the oldest is at the bottom of the right hand column, and the newest shows up at the top of the left column.
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I apologize for disappearing for a few days ... I had a project drop out of the sky that required my full attention.

I thank you all for your feedback so far but I think I should have been perhaps more specific.  Rather than speaking in generalities, what I need truly is a specific solution.

This is the widget I need to have in two columns:

      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-category-posts-list/

Could I get help to specifically edit this widget in order to achieve a two column layout, where most recent post is in the top left column and the the oldest post is in the bottom right column?
The site is not allowed to provide any code for any kind of academic work.
My opinion is either do it from the scratch which is not a big deal or use WordPress itself, which is  easy since no codes required.
If you do it from scratch I will provide the help I can. But editing this widget will be something  ugly which I don't recommend.
wdfdo1986...

I'm not a coder.  I can edit and tweak code, but I'm primarily a designer so I wouldn't be able to do this from scratch.  As for Wordpress, I don't know how to edit code within Wordpress to give me the desired effect with this or any other post widget.

I'm kind of surprised there is no plugin/widget available that allows for a two column dynamic post list scenario though.  I can't be the first person to need it.

At any rate, I'll take whatever help I can get. :)
You don't need to do any code changes for WordPress usage.
You can install WordPress and use it
No coding required.
Simple as that. If you are not a coder that's the way to go.

WordPress is called a CMS (Content Management System). You can use any kind of CMS for this purpose. eg. :- joomla, wordpress, etc. It should be chosen based on your requirements.
If you are choosing WordPress here is a good tutorial to start with
http://richardmuscat.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/using-wordpress-as-a-cms-step-by-step-tutorial/

You can install plugins/widgets using few clicks and you can use those multicolumn things.

Try to play around and ask further questions you have.
No, I mean I use Wordpress quite a bit but I haven't found a solution for configuring a latest posts widget (specifically the one I linked to) so that it lays out as two columns and I need that layout because the position of the widget will be in a custom widget position above the homepage latest posts excerpts and such and having them spread across like that wouldn't look good.  So I want it split into two columns.
Okay I have a possible work around that might make things easier.

I could place the same widget side by side and then configure the widget on the right to ignore the 5 most recent posts.

So I'll modify my existing question.  :D

How can I edit the code to instruct the second instance to ignore the five most recent posts?  The effect would be the same.