Philly’s Rosenbach Museum Got the Colbert Bump

Plus: Flyers re-sign Simmonds, memorial service for Sherman Hemsley canceled and more of what the city is buzzing about this morning.

Colbert Made the Rosenbach Cool. Stephen Colbert made the Rosenbach Museum cool again. After a segment on The Colbert Report featured the host’s book, I Am a Pole (And So Can You!), being placed next to James Joyce’s Ulysses at the museum, visits have doubled. Oh, and, in exchange for playing along, the museum was able to add to its collection of Maurice Sendak’s work. [Inquirer]

SRC to Lighten Up? The School Reform Commission is considering altering its discipline policy so that students who are punished for cell phone, dress code and truancy violations won’t receive out-of-school suspensions. That’s probably for the best because everyone we know that served out-of-school suspensions just chilled out and played video games all day. Oh no! Not the briar patch! [Daily News]

Poll Gives Obama Edge. A recent poll suggests that President Barack Obama holds a 44-38 lead over Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania. But, those numbers don’t take Wednesday’s decision on the state’s new voter ID law into consideration. [Daily News]

Flyers Re-Sign Simmonds. Wayne Simmonds has reportedly agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in orange and black for an additional six years. So, we’ll take that new CBA yesterday, please. [Crossing Broad]

Services for Sherman Hemsley Canceled. A planned memorial service for Sherman Hemsley—the 74-year-old star of The Jeffersons who passed away in late July—was set to take place at a North Philly church on Thursday. Late Wednesday night, though, the church confirmed that the services had been canceled. No explanation was given. []

State Rep in Trouble. Pennsylvania State Rep Joseph Brennan was arrested near his Lehigh Valley home on Wednesday for allegedly punching and choking his wife and then driving away drunk. [6 ABC]