i'm using jquery to crossfade images... after much searching i found a script that works for me... capable of displaying images at 100% width of container (height is not set therefore remains variable to width) and remain partially overlapped by nav bar...

the only problem i face... since height is not set... the div's below the rotator are hidden behind the images... i cannot realize how to get the text to appear below the images... here's a look at the code... any thought's or ideas would be greatly appreciated:

HTML Code:
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script> 
<script type="text/javascript">
function theRotator() {
    $('div.rotator ul li').css({opacity: 0.0});
    $('div.rotator ul li:first').css({opacity: 1.0}); 
function rotate() {    
    var current = ($('div.rotator ul li.show')?  $('div.rotator ul li.show') : $('div.rotator ul li:first'));
    if ( current.length == 0 ) current = $('div.rotator ul li:first');
    var next = ((current.next().length) ? ((current.next().hasClass('show')) ? $('div.rotator ul li:first') :current.next()) : $('div.rotator ul li:first'));
    next.css({opacity: 0.0})
    .animate({opacity: 1.0}, 1000);
    current.animate({opacity: 0.0}, 1000) 
$(document).ready(function() {        
    $('div.rotator ul li').fadeIn(1000);
<style type="text/css">
BODY {color:#000;overflow:hidden;}
#head {position:absolute;top:20px;left:150px;padding:0;margin:0px;overflow:visible !important;z-index:700;background:blue;color:#FFF;}
#nav {overflow:visible;position:absolute;top:130px;left:25px;bottom:50px;z-index:800;white-space:nowrap;line-height:36px;font-weight:bold;z-index:90;}
#nav ul {list-style:none;padding:0;margin:0;}
#nav ul li a {list-style:none !important;padding:0px;margin:0;}
#nav a {color:#FFF;text-decoration:none;}
#nav a:hover {text-decoration:underline;}
#navcolbg {width:190px;height:100%;position:absolute;left:0px;top:0px;z-index:1; background:blue;}
.navcolbg {width:190px;height:100%;min-height:600px;}
#columnRight {overflow:auto;position:absolute;top:125px;left:150px;right:0px;bottom:25px;}
#headline {margin:0 24px 0 50px;}
#slide {width:100%;padding:12px 0;}
.slidePic {width:100%;}
#bodyCopy {margin:0 24px 0 50px;}
.clr {clear:both;}
#footer {overflow:hidden;position:absolute;bottom:0;left:0;height:25px;color:#000;z-index:1;}
div.rotator {position:relative;width:100%;display:none;}
div.rotator ul {width:100%;padding:0;margin:0;}
div.rotator ul li {float:left;position:absolute;width:100%;list-style:none;padding:0;margin:0;}
div.rotator ul li img {width:100%;padding:0;margin:0;}
div.rotator ul li.show {z-index:1;padding:0;margin:0;}
<div id="columnRight">
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<div id="slide">
<div class="rotator">
    <li class="show"><img src="pics-00.jpg"  class="slidePic"  alt="pic1" /></li>
    <li><img src="pics-01.jpg"  class="slidePic" alt="pic2" /></li>
    <li><img src="pics-02.jpg"  class="slidePic" alt="pic3" /></li>
    <li><img src="pics-03.jpg"  class="slidePic" alt="pic4" /></li>
<div class="clr"></div>  
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<div id="navcolbg"></div>
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<div id="footer"></div>
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