Add-on Header / logo-bar 'news feed'

I want to have the addon get the latest featured article from my Joomla site and post the title (linked) it in the same bar as the logo is placed, except to the right. If the article features an image I would want it to go gradient transparent into solid.



If anyone know of an addon that already does something even close to this or could suggest where I start with making this possible I'd really appreciate it.