PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The effort to bring the retired aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy to Rhode Island for use as a museum has passed another hurdle with the town council in Middletown voting to support the project in concept.
       Frank Lennon with the nonprofit Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame says the 6-1 town council vote last week does not commit the town to anything but is an important show of local support to the Navy.
       Lennon says they hope to dock the ship on federal land outside the fence line of the naval station.
       He says they have $10.5 million in pledges but would likely need $25 million to $35 million.
       Lennon says the project could be open in two to three years.
       The ship is now being kept in Philadelphia.