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June 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Naked Marshawn, and other beasts you might have missed this week

My my, there was a whole lot of inappropriate (or perceived-to-be-inappropriate) behavior around town this week: bears crashing parties, creepy people who aren’t really creepy, and creepy people who truly are.

On the more tasteful side of things, there’s Seahawks superstar Marshawn Lynch, who’s planning to bare more to the media than ever before.

Read on for some of the biggest talkers published this week on — and let us know in the comments whether you plan on checking out those Beast Mode photos!

1 A peeping drone?

Imagine looking out the window of your 26th-floor apartment while you get dressed and seeing a camera hovering outside. Pretty unnerving, right?

That’s what happened to a Seattle woman, who reported the incident to police as a possible 21st-century Peeping Tom situation.

But after learning of the news story about the incident, the owner of the “unmanned aerial device” reached out to the woman to clear the air. He said his company was hired by a Seattle developer to take photos of points of interest     not of women getting dressed.

Police are still investigating but reportedly don’t think any laws were broken.

2 Wild animals meet tragic, but sugary, ends

A bear walking on the roof of a house in Alaska fell through a skylight into a birthday party. No one was hurt, and the bear got a few licks of the cupcakes before being shooed away with bear spray (which is apparently a product people just have on hand in Alaska).

Soon after, a similar bear was reported to be inside a home nearby. Police shot and killed it.

A little closer to home: A man was seen dragging a dead raccoon on a leash along a highway in Mukilteo. After police arrived, the man surrounded the animal with marshmallows and declared it a hazmat (hazardous materials) zone.

The man wasn’t taken into custody. A shelter disposed of the raccoon.

3 Beast Mode goes bare

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of the NFC championship game at CenturyLink Field on Jan. 19. The Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 23-17. (Photo by John Lok / Seattle Times)

He’s not so into talking to reporters, but it turns out Marshawn Lynch isn’t across-the-board shy.

The enigmatic, unstoppable Seahawks running back is set to pose nude for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue.

The San Francisco 49ers’ bicep-kissing quarterback Colin Kaepernick was on the cover last year and said in his interview that “quarterbacks can still have good bodies.” Of course, Seattle fans already know that about Russell Wilson     but as magazine spreads go, we’re limited to DangeRuss’ snazzy GQ fashion feature.

Lynch won’t be the only one repping Seattle in this year’s Body Issue. Reign FC/U.S. women’s national team midfielder and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe is on the list, too. Her teammates Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux have appeared in previous years.

For those marking their calendars: the Body Issue comes out July 11.

In other Marshawn Lynch news, Nickelodeon announced this week that he’ll be a presenter at the network’s first Kids’ Choice Sports Awards. With how much he’s putting himself in the spotlight lately, one has to wonder if No. 24 is warming up to it a bit.

4 Keep it in your pants, dudes

With all this talk of naked athletes, it might be time for a public-service announcement: Guys, you’re not all Marshawn Lynch and the world is not a magazine photoshoot.

Three incidents of indecent exposure have made news in less than two weeks, two of them at the University of Washington.

The men’s reactions when confronted?


“I’m sorry,”

and, regrettably…

“Just hanging out.”

5 When a Cuisinart swam the sea

A highlight from our Picture This blog

(Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Artist Ray Troll gets to the point of a life-size depiction of a “buzz saw” shark on display at “Sharkmania!” at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. The creature, also known as a whorl-tooth shark, swam the waters that covered Washington, Oregon and Idaho 270 million years ago. It grew to 24 feet and 1,000 pounds, and used the whorl of steak-knife-sharp teeth to grind its prey against its palate. “Sharkmania!” will run to the end of the year. Information: (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

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