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  The recent shakeups and breakups in former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office amid an online comment controversy caught the attention of The New Yorker last week. Writer Jack Hitt gave a blow-by-blow account of the imbroglio in "How Forensic Linguistics Identified Online Trolls in New Orleans." Hitt explained the story to a national audience, including exactly how investigators nailed down NOLA.com commenters "Henry L. Mencken1951" and "eweman" as top Letten assistants Sal Perricone and Jan Mann — both of whom have left the Department of Justice.

  Hitt had one particular bit of advice for anyone considering popping off online in a semi-public forum. "Heloise-like tip to newbie trolls," he wrote, "Don't create an anonymous handle that includes the year of your own birth (Henry L. Mencken1951) or one that contains a homonym of your own name (eweman)." — Alex Woodward

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