Sorry for the poor title, but the proper terms escape me.
Essentially, I want to know how to display posts in a hierarchical fashion like is currently used on the home page of this site (http://www.css-tricks.com). For instance, the most recent post up top, full-width of the content area, with the second and third most-recent posts below it in a 2-column fashion.
I have been searching EVERYWHERE, and I can’t find it. I’m no WordPress/Loop whiz, but I’m pretty confident I can figure it out if someone can just point me in the right direction.