More comments, the above continues to occur despite a complete new reinstall; however, if I "preview" an article, the includes such as the category menu, search box, appear just fine on the previewed article page, but onb either the globalindex home page, or on any category that I click from the preview, they do not.

problem solved

I'll post the answer in case any others have the same problem - it was with the server side includes and the host server, not the AM 2 software.

If you use Verio's VPS2 virtual server and are installing AM2 in a subhosted domain, you need to specifically enable SSI's with the instructions they post in their support doc 2506 at: