I just fixed the problem of my featured posts section displaying on every index page instead of just the first one. This, of course, created a brand new problem. The first page looks fine; my featured posts are all where they should be and the loop below doesn't include any repeat posts. But then I click on "older entries" at the bottom of the page and page two contains the first eight posts from the loop. Page three contains the same eight posts, as do pages four, five, six, and presumably all of them.
Here's page two, where the problem starts. What do I need to add or take out in order to fix it?
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: I think I have an idea of where the problem is, but not how to fix it. Everything seems to work fine until I add in the query_posts to offset the main loop by 4, since those posts are displayed up in the feature area. It seems that when I go to page two and beyond, every page is starting from that offset of four instead of continuing on to display the next batch of posts. If I take out the query, it works fine, except for the fact that I have duplicate posts in the loop.