I understand the airline may have given him $250 for some type of compensation. But probably wants more. I don't see that he deserves any compensation because he should have been awake for the landing, and he's not a baby. People need to grow up.
As far as whether the Captain of the flight was a female--the initial ATC call-in to the Tower was a female so we can probably say she was the pilot not flying at the time. So, since the Huffington article said of the copilot, "he's logged about ___ hours . . ., we can easily deduce that the Captain was a female who took over the controls for the landing.
I've never understood how the "system" has allowed "minijets" to clog up ATC airspace and runway space at major airports. Back in the 60s the plan was to have large widebodies like L1011s and DC-10s flying between major cities. You could have say 14 daily roundtrips between LA and SF, and NY and Chicago, and still have competition. You would not have 40 smaller jets flying daily roundtrips between city pairs.
The MD-90 should have also been discussed in detail in this article. It also has its roots in the baby, DC-9-10, introduced by Delta in 1965. There are really 4 main groups DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, and 717 (formerly MD-95).
I can see perhaps why the shuttle was later deemed too dangerous to fly, but these vehicles should be in standby mode to be flown, if there was ever a need to fly them. They should not be now totally inaccessible sitting as museum pieces.
What's crazy to me is: why have fighter jets sitting around with no ammunition? Especially since Andrews AFB is right near Washington, D.C. You would think they would always have something standing by ready to go. Since I live in Baltimore, when 9/11 occurred I was surprised how little of an aviation defense we had right around us. This is like the proverbial "having a gun with no bullets."
The 737-300 airframes have not been shown to be very durable--skin cracks etc. Although the 717 reportedly does not have the best engines, if the airframe is anything like the other members of the DC-9 family (or other Douglas' for that matter) it's probably good for 40 years or more. A couple of 733's have ripped open at less than 50,000 hours, and less than 25 years old. Who knows whether the 737-700/800/NGs will be more durable than the -300s? With an exclusive 737 fleet you're putting all your eggs in one basket.