From the start, it was hard to tell if Saturday’s brief vigil for missing Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Ann Levy at Dupont Circle was even happening. At the scheduled 7 p.m. starting time, there were a bevy of TV trucks, a tangle of cameras, wires, and microphones, and more than a dozen reporters hoping to locate a friend of Levy’s with more information about her. A few cautious words were spoken, and a few candles were lit for the cameras, and then the ceremony was quickly extinguished. Only one person who actually knew Levy (her adviser from the University of Southern California, who now works in the District) was in attendance. Annoyed at being eaten alive by the investigative teams from Cosmo and the Los Angeles Times, this Levy friend would only mutter that she was “so cool.” And, no, he hadn’t seen her. —Jason Cherkis