Tribute to tolerance


From Nikki Blonsky belting out a rousing rendition of "Good Morning, Baltimore" from New Line's upcoming release "Hairspray" to honoree Ann Curry recounting somber tales of covering the violence in Darfur, Sudan, for NBC News, the range of human emotions was on display Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton as Los Angeles' Simon Wiesenthal Center celebrated its 30th anniversary during its national tribute dinner. Center and Museum of Tolerance founder Rabbi Marvin Hier presented medals of valor to Curry and to the families of former Virginia Tech professor Liviu Librescu and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Queen Latifah and HBO's Jeff Bewkes presented humanitarian awards to New Line's Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. "We live in a world with an enormous amount of intolerance, and if you can do a little something on your part to deal with it and try to overcome it, I think it's very important," Lynne said after the ceremony.