sidebar appears below results even if turned off

Hi - I'm using suffusion, which is a bit of a complex theme... and google chrome mac. Site is

When I search, the first thing that shows is a blank page with the sidebar (aligned near top-lef of the main body area) then the search results come in about 1/2 second and push the sidebar stuff down.

I tried un-checking "use sidebar in search results" thinking at least it wouldn't looks so odd... but that made not difference ???

Also - clicking a result opens the item in a new window, which seems a bit odd - anyway to change that?

- Josh