A search of records at City Hall has gotten The Cambridge Chronicle a bill for $88.50, no results and a notice that the paper could have been charged even more, since searching city e-mail for the terms “Edward Correia” or “Eddie Correia” took more than three hours at $41 per hour for the lowest-paid employee in the city’s information technology department.

I have contacted the city’s Law Department, which handles these information requests, to say that I am willing to pay as much as it takes to see the search duplicated, accompanied by Chronicle reporter Scott Wachtler and whoever else wants to come, so we can understand why an e-mail search for two names takes more than three hours. I left the message with First Assistant City Solicitor Arthur Goldberg just before 2 p.m.

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