Today I upgraded a Joomla website from 2.5.4 to 2.5.6 using the Updater. However, when I went to the home page the featured article was not displaying. For some reason, the upgrade had apparently (although I could be wrong on this one) set the ‘Finish Publishing’ date to ‘0000-00-00 00:00:00’.
Clearing this setting resulted in the featured article displaying on the home page. Quite why this happened I’m not sure, since the date setting ‘0000-00-00 00:00:00’ basically means never stop publishing. However, setting it to blank and saving had the desired effect.